19 February 2014

Once Upon a Time in Yoga House...Dobara

Kindly excuse the really lame title, but I just had to do this. Yoga House is back. Relaunched, revamped. New additions to the menu, new location. 
I've spent many an evening at the previous Yoga House, chilling, putting my feet up, reading, pretending I was in Goa all while I was in a tiny lane in Bandra. So when I heard they were planning to open up a bigger studio and cafe, I was maha thrilled. All this at a stones throw away from where I live. God is kind!
I've been a regular customer there. Not for the Yoga classes that they organize, but for the pure, organic, vegan food they serve. And the crowd that comes there, mainly expats. And the relaxed, chilled vibe I get there. 
When it comes to all of these factors the new Yoga House does not disappoint one bit. Located in a beautiful green bungalow at Sherly Rajan Road, off Carter Road. The entire bungalow is converted into a yoga studio at the bottom, juice bar, cafe, and a souvenir store, at various levels in the bungalow.





Ambience: Relaxed vibe. Grab one of their tables scattered at various floors in the bungalow, or a seat down on the floor with cushions. The juice bar is a good place to grab a quick juice or salad on the go. But we are allowed to enter with our footwear at this Yoga House, which disappointed me to some extent. The previous Yoga House had a sign board that said, 'Please leave your footwear and egos at the door'.

Food: I started off with something called 'The Pink Juice' (Rs. 200). My love for all things pink continues. It contained pomegranate, watermelon and natural rose water. No added sugar or preservatives, obviously. Made for a quick and refreshing drink. I only wished it was a tad bit colder.


Pink Juice

We ordered 'I am melting' next (Rs. 250). (All of the food at Yoga House has these fun titles attached). It was an almond pesto pasta salad. Comprised of penne, mushrooms, spinach, feta cheese, zucchini, cardamom, mint and homemade almond pesto with balsamic dressing. I don't know how healthy this was, but tasty it surely was. Slightly bland for me though. I wanted to douse it in a covering of chilly flakes. 


I am melting

We also ordered the 'I am completing' which was a 3 cereals bento box (Rs. 300). Comprised of brown rice, quinoa and buckwheat, grilled tofu, with pesto alfa alfa sprouts and sweet potatoes. This is a crowd favorite here. Very filling. Very healthy. Brown rice was very flavorsome inspite of being a tad bit dry. 

I am completing

For dessert we tried the recent additions to their menu. Started off with a 'So light, butterfree almond cookie' made up of egg whites only, white sugar and almond powder (Rs. 50). Quite delicious and makes for a quick snack without the guilt of calories.

Butterfree almond cookie

We saved the best for the last. The eggless carrot cake was strongly recommended by our server. And we thanked him for that. Made up of fresh carrots, minimally raw sugar, flour, yogurt, butter, cinnamon and spices where the juicy carrots lend sweetness to this very healthy cake. Cake was moist, sweet and filled with the flavour of cinnamon. Im surely going back to try their healthy versions of Chocolate Mandarin cake and Blueberry Almond cake next. 


Eggless Carrot Cake
Total Damages done: Rs. 1400 between two of us for drinks, mains and dessert.

My Ratings
Ambience: 4/5
Food: 3.5/5
Value For Money: 3/5

Contact:
The Yoga House,
Nergis Villa,
Sherly Rajan Road, Bandra west.
Monday to Sunday 8am to 10pm.
tel: +91 22 6554 5001

Everyone must go drop by if they're in Bandra for the quaint ambiance and healthy food. And lemme know if you're there, I shall come say hi.
P.S: They've also opened another branch in Bangalore.




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