10 Cities, 10 Cafes: Spots every health-freak should visit for a guilt-free meal


Credits: The Drunken Monkey

Photo of 10 Cities, 10 Cafes: Spots every health-freak should visit for a guilt-free meal by Siddharth Sujan

Every Monday, you start out with a resolution to stay fit and eat healthy, but come Friday and it all goes for a toss. Whether it is a farewell meal with colleagues, a night-out with friends or just some time spent with family, the smallest of plans can derail your routine. Except, there might actually be a solution to this dilemma. 

Health cafés across the country are now providing delicious meals with nutrition as the base, making it easy for you to satisfy your cravings while staying within the calorie metre. Here are 10 of my favourites in 10 different cities.

Credits: Bombay Salad Co.

Photo of Bombay Salad Co., Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Siddharth Sujan

If you've experienced a crazy Saturday night in Mumbai, you'll very well know how important that Sunday detox brunch becomes! Located on the popular Linking Road in Bandra, Bombay Salad Co. is a small cafe that offers some great meals to detox yourself with healthy food and drinks. However, the place is always brimming with people so you might have to wait for a little bit, but the fresh and delicious salads will surely make it all worth it!

Cost:  Rs 900 for two (approximately)

Cuisine: Salads, juices

Standout dishes: Bombay salad, Hawaiian salad, tomato and avocado sandwich, banana and peanut butter milk smoothie. 

Timings and location: 12 pm to 10:30 pm ; Shop 1,16th Road, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai.

Contact: 022-26000270

Credits: TGIH

Photo of TGIH - Thank God It's Healthy !, Panchsheel Marg, C Scheme, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan

The city of Jaipur has witnessed a wave of some really cool cafes in the recent times. However, if there's one that absolutely stands out from the crowd, it is TGIH - Thank God It's Healthy. The boutique cafe combines flavours from around the world and gives it a healthy twist. When at TGIH, indulge in whatever you want without worrying a cent about those calories!

Cost: Rs 500 for two (approximately)

Cuisine: Mexican, Thai

Standout dishes: Mexican kidney bean patty burger, grilled chicken wrap, Popeye the sailor man salad, The Hulk smash smoothie.

Timings and location: 7:30 am to 10:30 pm; F-12, Panchsheel Marg, Ashok Nagar, C Scheme, Jaipur.

Contact: 0141-6652215

Credits: NutrioBox

Photo of NutrioBox, Pvr Prashant Vihar Road, Rohini, Delhi, India by Siddharth Sujan

Located inside a mall thronged by shopping enthusiasts, NutrioBox is easily Delhi's most underrated spot for healthy food. The warm staff at NutrioBox makes it a point to inform you about the ingredients being used and their subsequent nutritional value. The vast menu and Instagram-worthy decor only add to making NutrioBox a complete, all-in-one-package.

Cost: Rs 600 for two (approximately)

Cuisine: Continental

Standout dishes: Tropical seafood salad, tangy basa fish, chickpea wrap, Green coffee mojito.

Timings and location: 8:30 am to 11 pm; 23, Fun City Mall, PVR Prashant Vihar Road, Sector 14, Rohini, New Delhi.

Contact: ₹011-33107629

Credits: Sante Spa Cuisine

Photo of Santé Spa Cuisine, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Siddharth Sujan

Pune's Sante Spa Cuisine excels at creating a classic case of guilt-free dining. Unlike other health cafes where your options revolve around salads and smoothies, this pretty cafe believes that healthy eating is purely about using the right ingredients. The chefs procure fresh, organic ingredients from local farms and use them to create sheer magic. From burgers to pizzas to cheesecakes, you can have it all here—with a healthy twist, of course!

Cost:  Rs 1,000 for two (approximately)

Cuisine: Multi-cuisine

Standout dishes: Farm pizza, bajra risotto, spinach hummus, low fat raspberry cheesecake

Timings and location: 7:30 am to 11 pm; Sundarban Hotel, Lane 1, Off North Main Road, Koregaon Park, Pune

Contact: 020-30162125

Credits: Bon Nourriture

Photo of Bon Nourriture, Sector 9, Chandigarh, India by Siddharth Sujan

In the land of butter chicken and paranthas, Bon Nourriture is an oasis for all health freaks in Chandigarh. This tiny bistro offers a wide range of healthy breakfast options, smoothies, sandwiches and salads. Bon Nourriture's menu also gives out complete nutritional information for each of their dish which is prepared right in front of you, in the cafe's open kitchen.

Cost: Rs 600 for two (approximately)

Cuisine: Continental, Juices

Standout dishes: Cottage cheese quinoa, pesto pasta, fibre enriched greek salad, broccoli-pear juice.

Timings and location: 9 am to 10:50 pm; Booth 2 & 3, Sector 9 D, Sector 9, Chandigarh.

Contact: 0172-4028008

Credits: Organic Express

Photo of Organic Express, DLF Phase 2, Gurugram, Haryana, India by Siddharth Sujan

Located in the corporate hub of Delhi-NCR, Gurugram, Organic Express does essential comfort food without the calories that come with it. The eclectic interiors of this cafe set the mood for a fun, guilt-free meal while the well-trained, friendly staff makes you feel at home. Bid adieu to waiting for cheat days to grab a slice of pizza because you can do it all here, anytime you want!

Cost: ₹700 for two (approximately)

Cuisine: Indian, Continental, Italian

Standout dishes: Almond pesto sandwich, brown rice chicken burger, power salad, melon mist juice.

Timings and location: 8:30 am to 11 pm; 113, Ground Floor, Central Arcade, DLF Phase 2, Gurugram.

Contact: 0124-4079352

Credits: Falashin Juices and Dishes

Photo of Falashin Juices & Dishes, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by Siddharth Sujan

There's absolutely nothing better than a glass of fresh juice on a summer morning. Ahmedabad's Falashin Juices & Dishes has a crazy variety of refreshing beverages that are best enjoyed with a bowl of salad, making it the city's favourite post-workout joint. The place has an infectious ambience and is always buzzing with activity as people of all ages keep stopping for a cool and healthy drink.

Cost: ₹650 for two (approximately)

Cuisine: Juices, salads

Standout dishes: Merry berry smoothie, falashin’s star juice, Mexican beans salad.

Timings and location: 11 am to midnight; Arista, Sindhu Bhavan Road, Bodakdev, Ahmedabad

Contact: 09693931111

Credits: Yogisthaan

Photo of YOGI-STHAAN, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Siddharth Sujan

The simple yet interesting decor combines with a relaxing ambience to make Bengaluru's The Yogisthaan Cafe a health cafe unlike any other. Also doubling up as a yoga and meditation centre, the bistro has an extremely peaceful vibe to it. The delicious meals only act as the cherry on the cake, making dining at the restaurant a rejuvenating experience.

Cost: Rs 600 for two (approximately)

Cuisine: Salads

Standout dishes: Lemongrass tea, fruit and nut salad, quinoa bhel, turmeric latte.

Timings and location: 8 am to 9:30 pm; 89, Near BDA Complex, 11th Cross, 60 Feet Road, Off Double Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore.

Contact: 08040914888

Credits: Drunken Monkey

Photo of Drunken Monkey, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana, India by Siddharth Sujan

Just like any foodie's trip to Hyderabad is incomplete without digging into a plate of biryani, a beverage at Drunken Money is essential for every health freak. An extremely successful pan-India chain, Drunken Monkey has a strong fan base in the city with as many as five outlets serving interesting combinations of juices and smoothies made using the freshest ingredients possible.

Cost: Rs 400 for two (approximately)

Cuisine: Juices, smoothies.

Standout dishes: Cucumber cooler, muesli meal smoothie, full throttle detox drink, crazy stupid fresh fruit shake.

Timings and location: 8 am to 1 pm; Opposite HDFC Bank, Madhapur Main Road, Madhapur, Hyderabad

Contact: 09704445555

Credits: The Smoothie Bar

Photo of The Smoothie Bar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India by Siddharth Sujan

One of the very few places serving authentic cold pressed juices in the city, The Smoothie Bar has become a popular hangout spot amongst Chennai's health aficionados. Apart from the gamut of healthy drinks, the restaurant also serves set meals made for the soul and completely healthy.

Cost:  Rs 300 for two (approximately)

Cuisine: Smoothies, continental, juices.

Standout dishes: Feel good meal (veg & non-veg), almond milk smoothie, green flush detox juice, nirvana juice.

Timings and location: 10:30 am to 11:30 pm; 292, Z Block, 2nd Avenue, Near Blue Star Bus Stop, Anna Nagar Tower Metro Station, Anna Nagar West, Chennai.

Contact: 044-30257946

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