Thursday, December 8, 2011

"I am fulfilling" The Yoga House

Quinoa, tofu, wheatgrass, 10 grain breads, oatmeal, fresh juices, porridge, berries, nuts, paneer, sprouts, alfalafa & organic. One word- Powerfoods. I am always skeptical about such foods since I really love my meats and can't fathom most of the time eating out on purely vegetarian and really such healthy sounding food. 

My lovely friend Mark invited me to brunch at the Yoga House. He said its his new favourite place in Bandra. I arrived at this old house with a lovely verandah painted white with a row of tables and benches on either side with pillows. An old door that lead to an all blue azure room with a green chandelier. There were grey mattresses on the floor with orange pillows. Light streaming in from the windows. All the trimmings, doors, windows were white. It was a cheery space, relaxed the kinds you would imagine on a seaside in Greece but we were almost on the seaside in Bandra. Mark sat there relaxed totally fitting in with the space. The smile on his face showed pure satisfaction for finding this beautiful space. I was there with Sangeeta, Anand and Natasha. We ordered everything off the lunch menu- Quinoa burgers, Miknaos toast, Paneer burger, the Yogi's lunch, coffee, juices, and the healthy chocolate mousse. The food was amazing- the raw, colorful salads with sprouts, tomatoes, olives, lettuce, the fulfilling quinoa grain. I had seen quinoa around- but this was the first time I was eating it. The servings were not huge and I was skeptical if I would be full. But I was- not stuffed that I was uncomfortable, just perfectly happy with my meal. In fact I was energetic enough to walk back home with Mark (2 kms) something that does not happen usually after lunch. It was so good that evening I went back to the Yoga house to get some tea and laddoos. This masala tea had lemongrass and ginger. It was subtle and wonderful.
In fact I loved it so much that I went back there a week later with my friend Gopal for breakfast after a photo shoot. This breakfast was stellar as well. Slices of peanut butter on 10 grain bread, scrambled tofu sandwich, and a large healthy looking hash brown with cheese pancake. We ordered this with Caffe Frappe, Cappuccino, and a lovely banana milkshake (the best I have had). This time we sat on the outside patio in a window seat. The sun was still rising, the main blue room had a yoga class in progress. Bandra was slowly stirring and here we were with wonderful breakfast right in the shadow of St. Andrew's cross. White bougainvilleas crawling over the balcony. Gopal took some lovely pictures of me enjoying the morning sun and this delicious breakfast.
Ive been to the Yoga House now several times. Each time it has been a delightful experience. The owners Maud and Ajit are extremely welcoming. Maud teaches yoga there as well. I hope to take a class with her one of these days. There is also a little shop attached where they sell some lovely cotton clothing, pottery from Benares, and some other knick knacks.

Can I say it enough- I love The all vegetarian, very organic, completely fulfilling Yoga House. 


Many of the pictures that follow including some of the lovely portrait shots of me have been taken by MS Gopal the wonderful photographer of Mumbai Paused. He is a self claimed non- foodie but was a complete trooper to try out food outside his comfort zone. He did mention that he felt fulfilled for the rest of the day.


11 comments:

  1. The photos look delightful so is your article. You have aroused my interest; I would like to try the food there, please tell me where is it located. I am quite familiar with Bandra, after having spent four decades there I have shifted to Goregaon, therefore I am unaware of the latest developments in Bandra.

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  2. Hi- definitely try the Yoga House. Its quite a lovely experience.
    here is their address:

    53 Chimbai Road, Bandra West, Bombay, India 400050
    Hours
    Mon - Thu: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Fri - Sat: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Sun: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Also they have a facebook page
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-YOGA-House-A-Destination-for-the-Health-Conscious/213536101995203?sk=wall

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  3. Awesome post. It was a very heavy breakfast. It was sinful and probably not healthy at all, i.e. if we hadn't burnt a million calories at the shoot.

    And I didn't know Mumbai had so many expats until that morning.

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  4. Wow; this looks divine! I, like you, have always had an aversion to 'superfoods' because I believe in enjoying the delicious flavours of 'real' food - but since I tried quinoa about a year ago I've been hooked. That stuff rocks! The cheesy hashbrown pancake looks yummy too! Great post x

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  7. wow.. i particularly loved that hash brown pic

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  8. That stuff rocks! The cheesy hashbrown pancake appears yummy too! good post

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