Veggie Surprise


Zen Cafe in Kala Ghoda serves delectable vegetarian fare in a quaint little space

I have a beef with restaurants that are strictly vegetarian. That they impose what should be a lifestyle choice feels unfair. All of us want to be able to walk into an eatery knowing we have a choice. So it was disappointing when we found out that the newest cafe space in Kala Ghoda, Zen Cafe, only serves vegetarian fare. But we were too drawn by its quaint, bare look and bright, sunlit interiors to give it a miss.

The menu, thankfully, is lean and crisp instead of the thick booklet cafes pass around in the name of a menu. We skimmed through the four pages, dominated by a selection of teas, coffees and coolers. The two-page food menu offers pastas, pizzas, mains, starters, sushi and salads.

In spite of the laidback service on the upper storey, we compelled ourselves to let the food do the talking. So we moved to the ground floor and placed our first order for the afternoon: Guacamole with chips (Rs 175). It’s tough to separately describe the two elements of the dish because they were nondescript independently. But together, they reminded us of sookha bhel. The chips were baked in-house but perhaps the composition went wrong somewhere.