GPS: 153, Chimbai House, opposite St. Andrews Church, Bandra (W), Mumbai - 52
Click: www.yogahouse.in (site down at time of writing)
Tring Tring: +91-22-65545001
In & Out: 8:30am – 11:00pm daily
Its takes very little to make us happy on a sweltering summer afternoon. A cool white Greco cottage with billowy curtains, free internet to browse afternoons away on iPad apps and fresh, crunchy healthy food that doesn’t make you feel sluggish, heavy and oh lord, fat! This newly opened oasis round the corner from Hill Road hustle bustle hits the spot on all three counts besides throwing in some soul-shopping and some yoga to live up to its name!
Since there is no question of toxic stuff like colas, packaged juices or horror of horrors! alcohol we went for the fresh juices in the innovative shot portions which allows one to sample 2-3 variants at a time. Commitmentphobia starts at first sip I guess! Anyhow we were hardpressed (!) to choose between the Multivitamin Juice (orange, carrot, apple, lemon, ginger) which was a bright and tangy upper followed by the Pink Juice (pomegranate, rose water, watermelon) a delicate concoction of all things subtly sweet. Finally we had the Summer Juice (mango date and fresh mint) which was the most unusually combined and had two flavor heavyweights – date and mango – heading for clash but reconciled at the last minute to result in a yum cooler.
A vegetarian menu usually has us balking but Y()ga House manages to sate our inner carnivores rather impressively. We hit bull’s-eye with our very first order the Mediterranean Salad, a mélange of mixed greens, bulgur wheat, tomatoes n’ sundried tomatoes, parsley, red onions and olives tossed in a delish sunflower dressing with the perfect garlicky edge. Superfresh and crunchy it was delightful despite being unbelievably healthy, just what we always want out of our food! We moved on the Roasted Veggies in Pesto Sandwich with red peppers in multigrain bread and a side of alfalfa sprouts. The pesto had that great flavor that comes from making it fresh and made us forget the absence of any chicken/ham whatsoever. The Mushroom Buckwheat that followed was a hearty mouthful as well though one has to be wary of a buckwheat overdose – it can get to be a monotonous taste for those unused to it. The dessert section in our minds can also be renamed the Magic section because they have the most sensational chocolate mousse which is – hold your breath – sugarless AND flourless, made from cocoa and dates! We heart thoroughly!
Crowd V/S Company
The cool breezy ambience is perfect for whiling a summer afternoon away even (actually preferably) alone. And since most places in Mumbai aren’t solo-friendly that’s a big plus point for YH. Besides you won’t feel guilty if you have seconds of anything on this menu so the binge aspect is sorted as well. In addition to the grub there is a neat shopping option comprising cotton and linen clothes to ease us through this devilish summer, homemade face packs, jaggery, rose water and clay utensils all handmade by proprietor Ajit’s mum as well as local women from his native Uttar Pradesh. Ajit’s girlfriend and co-owner Maude also ensures weekly yoga classes that give the restaurant its name and adds to the overall calm atmosphere.
If you want to chill with friends for a cosy chat, aimless meal or even indulge in some precious me-time YH offers the perfect temporary escape within the city to retreat into, recharge those batteries and emerge healthier, cooler and definitely zen-ner!