The Yoga House: Go For The Yoga, Quinoa Or Both!

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The Yoga House
The Yoga House
The Yoga House

In an endeavor to not go back to the same eatery twice unless it’s exceptional or unavoidable, my friend called suggesting we meet at this place called the Yoga House in Bandra. She had seen a glimpse of this place in the footage her work crew had from having shot there some months back. It had clearly held her attention. So, one evening, we decided to go check it out.

Tucked around the corner from St. Andrews Church in Bandra, housed in an old bunglow is the quaint and rather Mediterranean façade of The Yoga House. A yoga studio for those seeking ‘Zen Like Calm’ or a unique food destination for the health conscious; it can be different things to different people really. Much like most space efficient features that the city of Mumbai forces upon us, this place too has smartly used the patio space as a café. It’s tiny but the food it serves surely makes it worth a visit. This is also where my introduction to Quinoa (the super grain) happened, hold that thought; more on that later.

The Yoga House
The Yoga House

As one steps on to the patio, one is greeted by soothing teal walls, white wooden floors and ceiling and painted white furniture. The café looks into the yoga studio which may I warn, can be both motivating and guilt inducing if you are there only for the food. The patch of green that covers one side of the premise adds to the Mediterranean look. The noise from the passing traffic can be a harsh annoyance to the otherwise calming ambience that immediately engulfs you. But, hey, it’s still in Mumbai city I quickly remind myself.

Quinoa Salad, The Yoga House
Quinoa Salad, The Yoga House

Now back to that thought…food! Having read about the super grain Quinoa, I was delighted to chance upon it on the The Yoga House menu! For the uninitiated, Qiunoa (pronounced as keen-wah) is in a manner of speaking, the high priest of grains! Well, it looks like a grain but I’m told, it’s actually a seed. To throw in a little bit of historical trivia here, this grain goes as far back as the Incas, who considered the crop sacred and termed it the ‘mother of all grains’.

Fresh Salad, The Yoga House
Fresh Salad, The Yoga House

The health benefits of this one are innumerable, it’s high in protein, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, iron and is gluten free. The café serves it in multiple forms; fresh in a salad, in a burger and each is unique in taste and texture. The menu is a good variety of healthy vegetarian options and yes, with no offence to the vegetarians reading this (purely a personal meal preference) I shall say that I would have never imagined an all vegetarian meal/snack could possibly be this delicious. And healthy needless to add!

Healthy Metal Vessels and Cutlery, The Yoga House
Healthy Metal Vessels and Cutlery, The Yoga House

The cutlery is made of brass which are supposed to help boost the immune system if used to consume food and beverages in. Without compromising on the focus on healthy eating, the menu offers a complete experience. The beverage options are a refreshing confluence of flavors. Fresh juices and coolers could give any new age health chain a run for their claims. The apple, carrot and beetroot juice is amazing.

Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Dessert, The Yoga House
Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Dessert, The Yoga House

The deserts listed on the menu read innovatively as ‘ I Am Balancing’ which brings you a seasonal fruit bowl. My favorite is something that’s a near perfect amalgam of flavors for any yogurt lover. It’s called ‘ I Am Energizing’ and serves yogurt with homemade granola, fresh fruits and a dash of blackberry honey. I highly recommend it.

To fulfill the desi tea urge they have ‘I Am Sipping’ or ‘I Am Balancing’ which essentially are masala chai served with homemade laddus and Pune Shrewbury biscuits in the latter. They also serve a chocolate mousse which if I recollect right is sugar free and you have just got to try it if chocolate is your thing.

Yoga Apparel at The Yoga House Shop
Yoga Apparel at The Yoga House Shop

The Yoga House was a fantastic discovery. It also has a little boutique that retails yoga gear, books, and organic food. It’s a casual place to grab a healthy/ organic meal or hang out at with a book or just meet new people. The place is frequented by expats which is an increasing feature in Bandra but it also may have something to do with the fact that it is co-owned by a French lady who seems very hands on. I have since gone back a few times and introduced it to other like-minded friends who also enjoyed the food and the ambience.

Been there too or found another quaint little joint of your own? Tell us more.

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Rajyashree Iqbal, Guest Writer

Rajyashree Iqbal, Guest Writer
Likes to read. Loves to travel. Keenly preoccupied with crafts, history and home decor. Believes Silver is the best metal, EVER. Good wine and dine make for an exquisite time, intelligent humor will get you a seat at the table :)