Where Mumbai’s hipsters and models are eating now
Those smoothies, though
In Mumbai’s hipster neighbourhood of Bandra, there is no surer formula for restaurant success than to find yourself positioned opposite the famous Gold’s Gym, mecca for Bollywood celebrities, models and the less famous but still good-looking crowd that sweat their way to Instagram-worthy bodies. But that’s not the only reason Kitchen Garden by Suzette is off to such a rolicking start, within a few months of opening shop.
The younger cousin of popular French eatery Suzette, Kitchen Garden aims to deliver nutrient-rich, guilt-free — and most importantly, fuss-free — treats to a rushed urban clientele. Think healthy food without the self-righteousness. Soups, salads, smoothies and sandwiches make up the alliterative menu, much of which comes pre-packaged for when you need to rush from gym to co-working space. And might we recommend the Feel Good Smoothie for such an occasion, a blend of blueberries, raspberries, chia seeds, low-fat Greek yoghurt and bananas that ticks off the day’s superfoods checklist.
The Kitchen Garden makes the most of avocado season — though partner Pierre Labail is quick to remind us that they import the buttery beauty all year round to keep up with demand. Your hair and skin will thank you as you flit between the Egg and Avocado Brioche, Chicken and Avocado Caesar salad and the Green smoothie (kale, avocado, mango and lime).
If it’s cheat day and you’re allowed a portion of dessert, we insist you turn your attention to the lightweight Berry and Vanilla Pannacotta, or if you’re in the market for something more indulgent, the Apple Raspberry Crumble.
How French women stay slender
Because Kitchen Garden by Suzette isn’t all cold commerce, the founders Antonia Achache, Jeremie Sabbagh and Labail shared their best advice for keeping the extra weight off while eating out. You will, no doubt, be taking notes.
- First, quantity control: avoid big buffets and unlimited brunches etc. Stick to one serving of each plate.
Second, go easy on carbohydrates: have greens and veggies instead of pastas or fries. We also try to dissociate fats and carbs: have cheese with fruits such as grapes rather than bread. You’ll feel much lighter.
Third, a Parisian tip: skip dessert and have a strong espresso instead.
8/9, Gasper Enclave, St. John Street, Pali Naka, Near Suzette, Opposite Gold’s Gym, Pali Hill, Bandra West