This is the day and age when diets are evolving and foods are trending. People are gluten-free, vegan, lactose-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free (no pun intended) and old terms like vegetarian and non-vegetarian are outdated. We bring to you a list of Mumbai’s best health cafes that mean serious business and well-being, tending to tickle your taste buds alongside a whole lot of goodness.
Sequel Bistro & Juice Bar
“Healthy food has more flavour”, says Vanika Choudhary of Sequel, and we surely believe it to be true of this charming cafe. At Sequel the avocados are local and so are the free-range eggs. The dry ingredients are carefully sourced – raw cacao from Peru, dark chocolate from Mexico, saffron from Kashmir and brown rice from the Himalayas. Listen to the tunes of Ella Fitzgerald over their One Night Stand breakfast jar and you’re bound to have an affair. Their Pretty in Pink smoked salmon salad and Italian Heritage “Zoodles” in pesto will tingle your taste buds. And if that’s not enough, indulge in their refined sugar-free array of desserts with the innovative Matcha Latte. It’s 100% organic and 100% love.
Address: Shop 2, Solace, 33rd Road, Near Eye Max, Pali Hill, Bandra West
Kitchen Garden by Suzette
When three Parisians come together, we can be rest assured there will be high quality bread, meat and cheese. Jeremie, Antonia and Pierre of the famed Suzette Creperie go one step ahead and bring to us Kitchen Garden. Here the mantra is ‘licensed local’. In this airy, sunlit cafe the smell of sourdough bread is enough to keep you glued. But wait, there’s a lot more. The burrata with tomatoes is clean, creamy and fresh; the house made chocolate granola is a definite ‘pick me up’; and the ‘make it yourself’ salad bowls will get you excited like a kid in a candy store. Their Chicken and Basil Sourdough Sandwich is an instant hit for lunch or a mid-day snack and the Falafel Bowl will have you craving a salad every single day!
Address: 8/9, Gasper Enclave, St. John Street, Pali Naka, Near Suzette, Opposite Gold’s Gym, Pali Hill, Bandra West
Phone: 022 26459775, 26458176
The Birdsong Organic Cafe
Tucked behind the bustling Hill Road is the warm and cozy Birdsong Cafe. On entering one is immediately transported to a hipster cafe in Brooklyn, New York, with its exposed brick walls and minimal decor. A variety of well thought out, inventive meals is what Birdsong offers to a food-crazed Bandra. Their crunchy plantain chips and focaccia bruschetta make for great appetisers. Pizzas, yes, thin crust pizzas, alongside options for the gluten intolerant with vegan cheese are available. The spaghetti is al dente and comforting and the Mexican brown rice construct a winner! Knock yourself out with their desserts – the no preservatives ice creams, gluten-free cashew caramel cookies or the gooey chocolate cake are some of the delectable options.
Address: Shop 1-5, Waroda Road, Behind American Express Bakery, Near Jude Bakery, Hill Road, Bandra West
Phone: 26422323, 26423939
Bombay Salad Co.
Now we know what you’re thinking, this place is only for the health-conscious considering it has got salad in its very name. But trust us on this, Bombay Salad Co. has got it right and the constant flow of customers are a proof of its quality and taste. The salads are inspired, balanced and delicious. The Red Frenchman with bacon, candied walnuts and goat cheese is a crowd pleaser. The Samurai with buckwheat soba noodles, crushed peanuts and tofu is an Asian delight. Whether its The Hipster, The Pehelwan or The Potatohead, there’s something here for everyone. If a bowl of salad isn’t your cup of tea, try the warm gluten-free Socca wrap with tomatoes and avocado or chicken and hummus and you’re bound to be satiated.
Address: Shop 1,16th Road, Linking Road, Bandra West
212 All Good
Chef Paul of 212 says, “Make no mistake, this is NOT a Calorie Conscious Café or a Health Café.” Here the focus is on creating food responsibly that is good for your gut. The all-day cafe and bar is a breath of fresh air in the busy High Street Pheonix. The only thing that comes out of a bottle is the alcohol. Believe it or not, even the colas are made in-house and are free of preservatives, the coffee selection is interesting serving Nitro Coffee and Cafe Medici. The all-day breakfast bowls are equal parts wholesome, nutritious and delicious. With dishes like the Tender Coconut Pad Thai, Goji Berry Chicken Curry, Cauliflower Crust Pizza and Grilled Himalayan Trout, there’s a variety for all kinds of diners. Take a break from all that shopping and cardio at the mall and head over to 212!
Address: Ground Floor, Grand Galleria, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel, Mumbai