As Bangaloreans become increasingly mindful of what’s served on their plate, healthy eating and veganism are finding more takers. Gone are the days when veganism was dismissed as dull, tasteless, or a passing fad. Many restaurants and cafes are now showcasing fresh and innovative vegan flavours and textures, without compromising on taste. LBB rounds-up restaurants that are celebrating veganism like never before.
Perhaps the city’s first vegan restaurant, Carrots’ robust menu includes smoothies made with vegan curd and fruits, chocolate shakes whipped up with soy, coconut, peanut and almond milks. Starters, chaats, crunchy salads, sandwiches and wraps with not a hint of diary or animal meat in sight. For mains, you can order up the wholesome Indian curries, or sink your teeth into pastas, and whole-wheat pizzas. Carrots also serves kombucha, a fermented Japanese health drink made with green or black tea.
Housed in a quaint old bungalow, Green Theory’s spread is vegetarian and organic. Vegetarian Mousakka, Tofu dressed up in a Mushroom Pepper Sauce, and Mediterranean pizzas are all the rage here. And if you fancy a dish that’s not vegan, they’ll cheerily try to make a suitable version for you.
An entirely vegetarian Chinese and Thai menu greets you at Luo Han. The restaurant offers flavours that we know and love – the Hot & Sours, the Manchows, the Kung Paos, and the Tom Yums. They even do a Soya Ham and Fish, if you’re interested.
Celebrating the virtues of Sattvic cooking, Sattvam’s serves vegan-friendly grub that’s worth a try. Treat yourself to oven-hot kulchas or naans paired with signature creations like the Vedic-style besan gravy with mini samosas dunked in it, or even Aloe Vera that’s done up in spices and stir fried with greens.
Dedicated to millets, Vaathsalya introduces you to the flavours of Karnataka. From the Ragi Besan Dosa to the Millet Malt, the cafe ensures that each dish tastes like it was made by your mommy and is devoid of any artificial seasoning or preservatives.
While not entirely vegan, the buffet tables at The Higher Taste are laden with Sattvic food that’s prepared with veggies alone and without garlic or onions. You’ll find plenty here that suits your tastes especially the rich gravies made with sun-dried pomegranate masala, tender coconut chunks, and, even pineapple-stuffed potatoes.
Eat like a yogi at Yogisthaan. Macrobiotic and adhering to Ayurvedic principles, the cafe spread is as healthy as it gets. The Quinoa Burger made from quinoa, watermelon seeds, and herbs is a favourite. It goes well with any of the freshly-pressed juices or with the hot teas.