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You’re guaranteed to spot a Bandra celebrity (or at least a gaggle of girls in make up and yoga pants) at Seeds of Life, a brightly lit, plant-filled vegan café that in the short time since it sprouted has already become a hub for soy-based mock meat and smoothies, which to be fair, it does very well.

Take for instance Go Bananas with Maca, a concoction of bananas, dates, almond milk, cinnamon and maca that is nutty and satisfyingly thick without any of the gross clumpiness. For the faint of heart, there’s also a nice selection of teas from TGL, including a fruity Mogo Mogo that will help brighten these dreary days.

We pair this with a Master of Illusion burger, made of the above-mentioned mock meat and topped with a verdant mess of sautéed veggies and chipotle mayonnaise. It is surprisingly tasty and substantial; we only wish the accompanying baked sweet potato chips weren’t so mushy.

Another good sandwich is a paneer shwarma wrap, packed with crunchy tomatoes and pickled veggies. More ratatouille than shwarma, it makes for a nice light lunch. Special shout out to the wrap itself: pliant, not to chewy and sturdy enough to hold everything in without getting too soggy.

We round out our meal with a side of spinach hummus, made with good quality olive oil and served with brown bread instead of pita - it could use some more acid, though; and SOL Signature Curry, which can be ordered with quinoa, herbed rice or even broccoli rice. Using curry paste, coconut milk and a medley of vegetables, it’s filling, flavourful and vibrant.

The most virtuous of our dinner party swaps out dessert for a Super Greens smoothie bowl of spinach, almond milk, moringa and avocado; they describe it as dipping into a dense forest, with dates and bananas bringing hints of sweetness.

We on the other hand opt for a round of Blue Tokai coffee and a chocolate tart recommended by the staff, which comes in a healthy shell but is still dark and decadent enough to count as dessert. It is the best part of our meal.

Getting there: 30B Vora House, Pali Mala Road, Pali Hill, Bandra (W). A meal for two is approximately Rs 1,200-1,500.

bpb reviews anonymously and pays for its own meals.

Aatish Nath is a freelance food and travel writer based in Mumbai. He can be found on Instagram at @aatishn

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