In an effort to counter the growing trend of unhealthy snacking and dining in Mumbai, a number of individuals have given the city some of its finest restaurants for the health conscious. These restaurants are so good, they will make you want to go lean.
The Yoga House
A promising enterprise, this cafe is a one-stop destination for all your holistic, well-being needs. The cafe serves all-day breakfast porridges, salads, sandwiches, dessert and beverages. The macrobiotic menu, designed by French culinary expert Christopher James Clark, provides instant gratification to your taste buds and challenges the notion that healthy food must be insipid. Quinoa Taboulé, a combination of Bolivian and Lebanese grains, dressed with onion, tomato and parsley and the mediterranean salad, topped with sunflower seeds are absolute favorites!
Where: Nargis Villa (Water Bungalow), Carter Road, Bandra West
When: Monday to Saturday, 8 AM to 9:30 PM
Cost: Rs 1,200++
Bombay Salad and Co.
Trust this place to turn you from a salad hater into a salad lover. Located in the posh area of Bandra, it serves previously created recipes as well as customized salads. The salad bar is complete with ingredients such as kouskous and popcorn. However, if you wish to go a-la-carte, we would recommend the Avocado and Feta or The Yogi. If you’re a meat lover, do indulge yourself with a generous helping of The Protein Overdose, or The Upstream. Besides salads, the Bombay Salad and Co. houses a modest juice section, complete with Kale and Orange and other exciting combinations.
Where: Shop 1,16th Road, Linking Road, Bandra West
When: 12 PM to 10:30 PM
Cost: Rs 900++
Ministry of Salads
This cafe promises to make your greens look much more appetizing. They allow customers to choose ingredients and dressings for their salads. Their portions are generous and suffice for a meal for two. On top of our recommendations here is the egg caesar. Complete with micro greens, crunchy croutons and quartered boiled eggs with a thick creamy dressing, this salad is an absolute treat. This cafe also serves sandwiches and paninis, just in case you’re in the mood for a less healthy option.
Where: Shop 4, Opposite Tata Garden, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy, Mumbai
When: 11 AM to 11:30 PM
Cost: Rs 600++
The Village Shop
A vegan and gluten-free restaurant in Bandra offers veggie-loaded gluten-free pizzas, whole-wheat aglio olio pasta and lasagna. The best part? You feel like you treated yourself to a calorie extravaganza. But in reality, you actually did not! In addition to the cafe, this place also retails organic products such as Black Rice, Gouda cheese, honey extracted by hand, granola, and lots more. The carrot and zucchini cake, as well as the quinoa and cocoa cookie, are a must eat.
Where: 53, Serpis Villa, Chimbai Road, Hill Road, Bandra West
When: 8:30 AM to 11 PM
Cost: Rs 1100++
Sequel Bistro and Juice Bar
Besides being THE destination for those on a diet, Sequel caters to anyone looking to have a wholesome meal. A variety of guilt-free eats, an array of salads, plates, bowls, and rolls feature on their menu. The Perfect Poach, The Big Heist and Pretty and Pink are absolute favorites. Do give the juice bar a try, we hear they serve a delectable Cold Press called the Deep Cleanse.
Where: Shop 2, Solace, 33rd Road, Near Eye Max, Pali Hill, Bandra West
When: 9:30 AM to 10:30 PM
Cost: Rs 1200++