Don't be fooled by the Tibetan bowl music wafting out of Dhyaana; this place is no hipster cafe. Sure, they provide colouring books while you wait for the slow food kitchen to do its thing, but they’re also very, very serious about your health.
The rules require you to take your footwear off as you enter; the low monastic seating at this vegan café is matched by soft-spoken wait staff in starched khadi uniforms. If you’re in the mood for a stretch before breakfast, walk past the curtained corridor and join in a class of haatha yoga or mindfulness mediation.
Slow Down, Clown
We arrive at 6.45 am, and in typical ‘luru style, there are already a few early birds here to catch the turmeric worm. We are gently directed towards the bookshelf to sip on a cumin-fennel detox tea and are told to expect a wait, since the kitchen takes its “slow food” philosophy quite seriously. We pick out a colouring book and a creamy-delicious shot of mint, ginger and nariyal pani that gives us an instant glow, or so we’d like to believe.
The food menu is our favourite kind – a one pager that groups food into dosas, momos and Buddha bowls. This writer has always found that there is something zen-like about beetroots — maybe it’s the concentric circles that make themselves known the minute you cut into one, or the fact that anything it touches turns to a deep shade of pink. It does, however, lose its charm when turned into momos, as we soon discover. The whole-wheat casing is thick and chewy, a discredit to well-made covers that are both resilient and delicate.
Turn Up The Beets
More uplifting is a vegan Buddha bowl — tofu as soft as a silk scarf is mixed in with tabbouleh made from millet and livened up with a storm of green chillies, a handful of pomegranate and peanut chutney that is a thing of beauty. A tall, sweet glass of pomegranate juice is refreshing and delicious, perfect to pair with the spicy Buddha bowl.
If nirvana is a delicious Buddha bowl, hell is chia pudding served in a jar so small, your spoon gets stuck halfway through. Topped with apples, walnuts and pomegranate seeds (which seems to be their most favourite ingredient), there is enough texture in every bite, but the dexterity required to spoon it, can only come from the haatha yoga class next door.
A rouge ruse to get us to sign up.
Getting there: 756, Shri Krishna Temple Road, Kalyan Nagar, Indira Nagar 1st Stage, Stage 1, Indiranagar, call 076191 21751. A meal for two costs approximately Rs. 750.
Accessibility: The café is accessed through a flight of stairs off the pavement.
This review was contributed by Aysha Tanya, co-founder of The Goya Journal.
Photo credit: Zomato.
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