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.
Where to Get Your Vegan Food Fix in Bangalore
The rare restaurant to offer an out-an-out vegan menu, Carrots is a hit with the crowds. Try their Roasted Tomato Soup or Chatpata Sprouts Salad. Their Pest Grilled Tofu and Falafel Hummus are quite popular as well. For mains, there’s the Bechamel Sauce Pasta and the Mighty Buddha Bowl. There’s also an Indian menu and you can finish up with their Coffee Cha Cha or Probiotic Water Kafir. They are currently open only for takeaway and delivery.
Go Native Cafe
With a strong focus on sourcing locally and responsibly, Go Native Cafe largely serves South Indian fare, and if you know your cuisines, you know that most South Indian options if you remove the ghee and cream as ingredients. For cooler days, start with their Carrot Coconut and Ginger soup, or their Wheat N Nut salad with a refreshing lemon jaggery dressing. For mains,try their Cabbage Aaki Roti with Averkai Curry served with tomato chutney or their Zucchini Zoodles which is gluten free as well.
Housed in a quaint old bungalow, Green Theory’s spread is vegetarian and organic. The Tomato and Hemp Powder Soup gets your meal off to a brilliant start. Follow it up with their Mumbai Masala Toast or the Thai Curry with Rice. You can’t go wrong with their Hing Waale Aloo And Puri whoch reminds of you of home. Did we mention that they serve single origin coffee too? They are now open for dine-in and you can also orcer via food delivery apps.
With an exclusive vegan menu (and a cute store and event space for those of you pursuing it as a lifestyle), JustBe a good place if you're just starting out. All their food is regular food with vegan alternatives when it comes to dairy products. Start with Enchanitng which is methis nachos and tulsi salsa with almond chesse dip, guacamole and pickled vegetables. Try their superfood bowls which does the trick! And if you're looking for dessert, try their Choc Chia Pudding.
The Yogisthaan Cafe
Yogisthaan Cafe's health-conscious menu sure is a treat for the vegans. Come here for brekkie and you can gorge on Chila (chickpea crepes) paired with mint chutney. There’s also the Kodo Millet Poha. You can also sign up for their signature Quinoa Burger that features quinoa mixed with watermelon seeds, spring onions, and homemade hummus.
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. The Spicy Coconut Vegetable Soup is a good place to start and can team this up with the Dragon Sauce Soya Chunks. For the mains, go with the Chilli Garlic Fried Rice or Spicy Coconut Noodles. They do have Soya Ken and Ham versions but do check on availability before stopping by.
Sante Spa Cuisine
An exhaustive menu, children's corner, reader's nook, and a pet friendly area, Sante really knows how to bring you in! Apart from their vegan menu, they have a keto menu, gluten free menu, and a regular vegetarian menu if you're not vegan. They'll even tailor make food for you based on your requirements! Everything is sourced locally, and they grow their microgreens and greens (even kale!). We highly recommend the House Salad Of Capri and pizza verde. Don't knock it till you try it!
The Good Grain
As the name would suggest, their menu is made with...good grains. Using rice, wheat, and millet, the food is largely Indian. Loaded with veggies, their thalis (lunch and dinner) is the ideal example of Indian (vegan if required) cooking. Bisi bele bath , sambar rice, tomato rice, puliyogare, and coconut rice are available as two grain or three grain meals (opt for it without the curd, and it's vegan). For breakfast, all their multi grain and regular items like dosa, idli, and snacks like the sweet potato fries and soya kebab are vegan!
An all vegetarian Burmese restaurant, Burma Burma dishes up exciting vegetarian food, their broths and bowls use generous portions of coconut milk, making it vegan friendly. Their salads and small plates (try their lotus stem chips, you won't regret it) are a hot favourite, and great to share. They even have Jain friendly and gluten free options, so it's family, family-friend, and picky eater friendly!
Dittoo Vegan Ice Cream
What's a good meal with dessert? And we think ice cream is the best kinda dessert! Get your fix of vegan ice cream from Ditto. Find classic flavours such as Vanilla, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and if you are looking for something special they stock up on flavours such as rosemary lime, banana spirulina, beetroot and lavender. They also make natural ice-creams out of apples, banana, and avocado among others. You can call them and place the order of your choice of ice-creams and they'll deliver it at your doorstep. They deliver all across Bangalore and make sure to place the order three days in advance as it made with 100 percent natural ingredients. You can taste their ice creams at Go Native and Enerjuvate cafe in the city.
With inputs from Navya D'souza