In the tony neighbourhood of Breach Candy, Mumbai where everyone is super-fit and super-trendy, it is surprising that no clean eating restaurant had made its way like it has mushroomed all over the suburbs. Candy and Green, brainchild of 25 year old Shraddha Bhansali, now has changed that. Not only is it vegan, but they also believe in ‘zero mile produce’ – growing their own veggies and greens on the terrace of the rooftop restaurant. Being a semi-professional boxer and fitness addict, Shraddha in fact soon plans on starting a special Keto menu for those on the Keto diet.
Spread over two floors, there’s the gorgeous open-air rooftop area which is lit by candles in the evening and has a lounge vibe, whilst the floor below is meant for families with noisy kids. You won’t get a better venue with a view in South Mumbai and there’s even free wifi!
They have a range of health drinks, cold pressed juices and cocktails with fresh fruit, but you absolutely must try their in-house wines especially the full-bodied fruity red that’s been cheekily called ‘I’m Sensuous’. In starters, the Kale Chip Chaat uses tempura kale chips as a base instead of the traditional puri with yoghurt cream and tamarind sauce, whilst the slightly spicy Achari Mushroom Tikkis came with cucumber noodles and pomegranate chutney. In mains, the Quinoa Tabbouleh Falafel was a handsome portion of slices of pita bread that had to be sliced open and had with the kebabs, hummus and babaganoush. They make all their breads in-house and soon plan on starting cheeses with flavours like orange and cashew.
Their Goats Cheese and Caramelised Onions stone-baked flatbread was downright delicious, with the bread being crispy and almost cracker-like (I’m told this is thanks to Shraddha’s father who insisted on having eight trials till the bread was the crispiest you could ever get this side of the Arabian Sea!). In desserts, don’t miss out on the No More Depresso Mousse which is Hazelnut mousse with a hint of coffee but is actually made of whipped tofu. And also the Coconut Pudding that had a nice tang with the passion fruit coulis.
I wasn’t so taken in by the Spaghetti in Marinara with Vegan Meatballs, although it is one of their more popular dishes.
(Candy and Green, 4th & 5th Floor, Hub Town Sky Bay, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy, Mumbai; Tel +91 22 33126165)
By Farhad J. Dadyburjor, Mumbai