Once upon a time being vegan meant your choice was limited to home-made salads, but now cafes and restaurants have mushroomed across the city to spoil you for choice with scrumptious vegan dishes. Some of these cannot be missed.
Why go? Apart from a range of vegan, organic and healthy dishes you may even spot a celebrity or two as this six-month old cafe is a favourite among Bollywood stars.
What to order: Rainbow Pizza. Yes, you read that correctly. The rajgira atta base is paper thin, slathered with homemade beetroot hummus and colourful toppings of zucchini, bell peppers, red cabbage, corn, black olives, nuts and vegan cheese. Not only does it make for a superb Instagram shot, but you don’t suffer the tiniest pang of guilt as you bite into this pizza. If you are carving some protein, have a helping of the Country Style Spaghetti that’s made with lentil, kale and mushroom or the Vegetable Lentil Burger.
Desserts: Vegan Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Almond Pudding
Where: Shop 2, Rita Apartments, 16th Road, Bandra West
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Sequel Bistro and Juice Bar
Why go? The new menu at Mumbai’s first gluten free restaurant and cold pressed juice bar has a tantalising range of vegan options.
What to order: When it comes to fritters it can’t get healthier than this – Sweet Potato and Red Kidney Bean. If you’ve got pizza pangs, the Sequel Cracker Pizza wins all the way- where the base is made of almond, buckwheat and amaranth flour and the hero ingredient is the roasted oyster mushroom.
Want something fancier? Try the Buddha Bowl that’s got oyster, mushroom and a version of vegan bacon.
Dessert: Chocolate Lust made with 70% stone ground Vegan Mexican chocolate chips.
Drink: Avolicious smoothie- sweet and tangy at the same time due to the pineapple, raspberries and blueberries
Where: Shop 2, Solace, 33rd Road, Pali Hill, Bandra West and 47, VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Why Go? This modern seafood restaurant has recently launched a menu with tempting vegan dishes.
What to order: Get into the mood nibbling on spiced Keto crackers with a vegan cheese dip, move on to vegan Japanese Sesame Salad with cabbage, toasted nori, spinach, peanuts and scallions and follow it up with the delicious Green Curry Bowl that comes with brown rice, roasted pineapple sambal (relish) and sautéed vegetables. If you’re there for the Sunday brunch, try the gluten free vegan lasagna with a spicy marinara and vegan cheese sauce.
Dessert: Though this place is well known for its cheesecakes, it is brave enough to offer something called ‘No Cheesecake’. It is a decadent chocolate tart that will get a double hurrah from the diet conscious – it is not just gluten free, but also sugar free.
Where: B/2, New Kamal Building, Linking Road, Bandra West
Why go: After being shut for a while, this charming Mediterranean and European café re-opened in 2016 with a great vegan menu.
What to order: Their range of burgers will make you wonder why you ever craved for the meaty fillings of this classic favourite. We recommend Black bean burger (pumpkin seeds, vegan mayo in a charcoal bun) or Bonsai Quinoa Burger from the wide range on offer.
Dessert: The soft and fluffy lemon tart.
Where: Ground Floor, Sentinel House, Arthur Bunder Road, Azmi Street, Colaba
Kitchen Garden by Suzette
Why go? Bandra’s popular and favourite health cafe has opened in BKC with new dishes.
What to order: For breakfast try the Overnight Turmeric and Almond Milk Oats which come with all things healthy such as dates, almonds, seeds and fresh fruits. For a substantial meal, try the Falafel sandwich or the Red Protein Pot with roasted pepper and tomato hummus.
The highlight of the new menu is the Offering Bowl – a salad where the chef masterfully tosses together locally sourced ingredients such as baby lettuce, romanie, roasted butternut squash and sweet potato with a dash of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic dressing.
Dessert: Chia seeds and coconut pudding with either berry or passion fruit.
Where: Ground Floor, Tower 3, Maker Maxity, Bandra Kurla Complex