Can you dine out and still stick to your diet? The short answer is yes, if you choose to eat at the right places. We picked five healthy restaurants in Mumbai that take the guilt out of eating out, so go ahead and eat without cheating on your health goals.
Sequel Bistro & Juice Bar
This 100 per cent gluten-free restaurant is a charming space with a marble community table, ceramic tile clad benches, pendant lights and a sunshine lit alfresco. The menu is seasonal and holds such pleasures as the orange sweet potato stuffed with chickpeas bathed in a mustard-tomato dressing. Yummy. The tacos are carved from stone ground maize flour and stuffed with sun-dried heirloom tomato salsa and guacamole. The poached Norwegian salmon ceviche topped with saffron salt salsa is served with avocado tea. Quite fancy. The drinks include delicious detox juices, fresh smoothies, kombucha and a Kashmiri saffron infused almond milk. Sundays are brunch days. Look out for sweet potato waffles, Sequel signature granola and the decadent dark chocolate coffee cake. Most of the organic produce comes freshly harvested from the ‘Sequel Green House,’ which is just outside of Pune. There is also a ‘Grab & Go’ Fridge for the folks in hurry.
Address: Outlets at Kala Ghoda and Bandra
Contact: +91 75065 77710
Meal for two: Rs 2,000
Kale and Kaffe
This one may sound like a café but it’s more than a place for munch-ins and coffee. There is an extensive keto menu designed by nutritionist Dhriti Udeshi. The mashed avocado on toasted sourdough bread with cherry tomatoes and feta is a meal you’d want to come back to. The Pesto Zoodles (fresh zucchini twirls) in cheesy basil pesto sauce is a keto dish even the non-keto fans will love to indulge in. The menu also holds a range of super bowls that are a designed to be a meal in a bowl. A bowl of sriracha marinated chicken with cheddar, croutons and garlic mayo dip is a spicy, salty, crispy delight. If you rise early enough for a breakfast the Truffle Oil Scrambled Eggs with Mushroom will make the effort worthwhile. The nutritional value of each dish mentioned below its name comes handy when you are counting calories. The sunlit interiors with instagrammable pink walls help you feel younger and fresher after you have tucked in a great meal.
Address: Bright Land CHS, 14th Road, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai.
Contact: 022 6173 9646
Meal for two: Rs 1,200
Kitchen Garden by Suzette
This café and salad bar chain has been wowing health enthusiasts (read Shahid Kapoor, Malaika Arora Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Jacqueline Fernandes, Siddharth Malhotra) with its healthy servings, good vibes and pastel walls. The perfectly cooked eggs shakshuka here makes for an indulgent breakfast. Far East a salad of baby spinach, black rice, oven baked salmon, cucumber, edamame, mustard micro-greens, sesame seeds, ginger, sesame and soy dressing and lime squeeze is a hot seller. This is a bread lover’s paradise. The artisan sourdough loaves and ancient grain breads are simply drool worthy. Wash it all down with the Feel Good smoothie made up of fresh blueberries, raspberries, bananas, chia seeds and low fat Greek yogurt. Watch out for pop-up farmers markets and stock up on salad leaves, orange sweet potatoes, colourful beets, edible flowers and ancient grains. The playlist is French and the coffee by Blue Tokai…what else do you need?
Address: Outlets in Juhu, Bandra, Lower Parel.
Contact: 022 2645 8176
Meal for two: Rs 1,500
212 All Good
When was the last time you drank cola without cringing or feeling guilty? At 212 All Good even the spirit menu has its own share of wows with botanical and preservative free sodas and tonic water. The food menu crafted by consulting wellness chef Moina Oberoi substitutes refined flour with whole grains; refined sugar with palm sugar or dark jaggery; refined oil with cold pressed oils; tetra pack and canned juices with freshly pressed ones. This truly is gut friendly food. Start with the antioxidant juice made of pineapple, cucumber, cilantro, lime and raw papaya and then proceed to the cashew cream jowar fettucine. The cauliflower risotto with cashew-mushroom sauce is deep-down delectable. The pumpkin pie with salted jaggery caramel reads like a conspiracy between a chef and a registered dietitian but ends up being a party in the mouth.
Address: Ground Floor Grand Galleria, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel. Landmark: Below the escalator from Croma.
Contact: 022 4978 5212, +91 70456 99798
Meal for two: Rs 2,000
Sante Spa Cuisine
This health food restaurant takes its green tag seriously with neem wood crockery, banana leaf straws and copper glasses. The menu comprises of freshly made salads, wholesome smoothies, chlorophyll and matcha rich juices and ragi based pizzas. The food may be healthy and low in calories, but it’s also flavourful, creative and satisfying. It’s the kind of food you’d be served after spending a luxurious day relaxing in mud baths and hot springs and getting a massage. Don’t miss the khakra inspired nachos with monetary jack sauce or the phulka inspired burrito with tamarind chutney. The brown rice and lentil risotto is a clever take on the Italian original. Guilt free desserts include a beetroot sorbet and a watermelon caprioska granita.
Address: Unit No. 6, Ground Floor, First International Financial Centre, G Block BKC, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East
Contact: 022 2653 2288
Meal for two: Rs 2,000
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