The latter half of the 2010s saw the rise of veganism in India. The idea of clean and wholesome eating has always been big in Bengaluru. No wonder, the city has also taken to veganism in the past few years. By Karan Kaushik
Veganism was marked as the top consumer trend in 2018. As veganism is gaining mainstream popularity, more and more vegan restaurants have sprung up in Bengaluru. The pandemic has also made people mindful of their dietary habits. And it’s far from over. The days of WFH may soon be back in our lives. For some, they are already here. If you too are holed up in your house and miss eating out with your friends, we have got your back.
Here are 9 vegan restaurants in Bengaluru from where you can order food online
Experience a bit of Burma with every bite at this all-vegetarian Burmese restaurant. Their cuisine draws influence from India, China, Thailand, and Laos. Aimed at bringing Burmese cuisine to the forefront, the restaurant uses a wide array of fresh ingredients in its salads, soups, and other mains.
Their food is centred around rice, noodles, and curries. Most of their preparations have a unique texture and flavour. They use coconut milk in their broths and bowls, which make them a favourite among vegans in the town. You can also expect gluten-free food and special dishes for the Jain community.
Organic food with a modern twist — that’s how patrons describe the Go Native experience. The restaurant focusses on South Indian dishes. Some of their popular offerings include millet pizza, sweet coconut milk, averkai curry with cabbage aki roti, spinach neer dosa and millet Mangalore buns. For a wholesome experience, we recommend the Go Native Thali.
Another dish that stands out from the rest is their popular lotus stem paneer tikki served with bell pepper yogurt dip and amla dip. If you are looking for something light and yet filling, try their Lotus Stem lababdar with phulkas. Those looking for gluten-free options may order Zucchini Zoodles, another bestseller on their menu.
One of the first vegan restaurants in India, Carrots in Kormangla, is known for food that’s low in saturated fats, high in fibre, and, rich in vitamins and minerals. Most of their dishes are prepared from lesser processed and more organic natural ingredients. Their cuisine ranges from Indian and American to Continental and Fusion.
From soups, salads and pasta to wraps, and burgers, they serve it all. Some of their must-try dishes include Barbecue Baked Tofu, Pataka Wrap, Almond Pesto Paella, and Malai Kofta. If you are in a mood for something light, they have khichdi too. Given the current times, you must also try their Health Insurance Juice, which is made from cucumber, pineapple, cabbage, spinach, lettuce, parsley, celery, and basil seeds.
What’s interesting about this Indira Nagar vegan joint is that every dish of theirs has a story behind it. The restaurant focuses on street food from all over the world, which lends every dish its own story. They give a modern twist to their traditional recipes, which are mostly Indian and Asian.
Their popular dishes include Warm Mushroom Salad, Paneer Shikanji, Rose Kheer, Som Tum Salad, Rocket Pizza, Jackfruit Biryani. Known for its innovative fusion food and unique menu, Street Storyss promises a fantastic gastronomical experience for vegans. You must also order their dim sums and pizzas, for your 4:00 pm snacking breaks.
Green Theory has come a long way from being just a café to being a flourishing eco-system of local businesses. They love to experiment with their food and their menu, although limited, features a nice variety of Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Indian, and fusion.
Green Theory specializes in seasonal dishes that are a perfect blend of sweet and savoury. Some of their most popular dishes are Mexican Tortilla Soup, Baby Corn Cigars, Healthy Veg Food, Oreo Cheesecake, Almond Soup, and, Crispy Vegetables. Their mezzeh platter is a must try and so is their yummy blueberry cheesecake. They also serve mocktails and smoothies.
If you are someone, who still feels that vegan food lacks taste, give JustBe Café a chance. From their superfood bowls to their divine desserts, there’s a lot to try. Some of the best dishes on their exclusive vegan menu include Asian Soup and Beetroot Hummus.
Tea lovers can also order their popular Assam masala chai. If having a dessert is what you are always looking forward to, you have to try their chia pudding and Berry nest dessert. Pizza lovers can order their flavourful Maharaja pizza. Reasonably priced, the food from JustBe will reach you in super cute takeaway boxes.
Serving typical macrobiotic cuisines, this café is a homage to India’s age-old traditional dietary habits. Their food is focused on green leafy veggies, fresh fruits, and herbs. They put in a lot of research work behind their recipes. Particularly noteworthy is their wide selection of bread and grain-based meals.
From porridges and paranthas to soups and salads, their menu will leave you spoilt for choice. Must-try dishes include brown rice with tofu and pasta margarita. The Yogi’s Meal on their menu features quinoa tabbouleh, min-fig salad, yogurt with granola, fruits, and honey. If you love smoothies, try their Signature smoothie, which has a one-of-its-kind nutty taste and granular texture.
Whether you are a vegan, or keto-friendly, or gluten intolerant, or simply a Jain, Sante Spa will never disappoint you. They get their fresh organic ingredients, greens, and microgreens from local farms around Bengaluru. Sante Spa uses unrefined and non-white produce, which lend their food, an earthy flavour.
Fresh salads, wholesome smoothies, and detox juices grace their menu. Popular dishes include Salted Caramel Mud Cake, Spinach Hummus, Whole Wheat Spaghetti, and Beetroot Hummus. Their Almond ice cream is to die for. For the main course, they have dishes that are rich in protein and fibres.
If you have a special corner for authentic Arabic street food, ordering from Habibi Falafel must be on your list of things to do today. As the name suggests, they specialize in falafels, which originated in the Levant region of the Middle East, centuries ago.
They are now one of the world’s most popular street food snacks. Prepared from chickpeas, falafels will remind you of our south Indian vadas. Layered with hummus, veggies, and tahini sauce, falafels are usually eaten in a pita pocket or wrapped in a Saj flatbread. Order falafel balls with hummus dip, a must-try. So is their refreshing pomegranate juice.