For everyone struggling to follow a healthier diet and lifestyle, the newest rage is a Ketogenic or Keto diet. The philosophy is simple, it is a high protein and fat diet with minimal or nearly no carbohydrates. It is the newest rage and many diners including celebrities have taken to it. It is easy to follow at home but when you are out for a meal with friends it can get tricky navigating menus to find dishes that suit the diet. Many restaurants have decided to embrace the keto lifestyle have dedicated menus to ensure that a diner can choose well and enjoy a keto specific meal. These are some of our favourites.
Farmer's Cafe, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Western Suburbs
As the name suggests, the cafe is a wonderful spot for healthier meal options but when you are on a Keto diet even the healthiest choices are not ideal. Farmer's cafe knows this and has a wonderful inclusive Keto menu with a range of breakfast dishes, special Keto pizzas ( made with cauliflower ) and lots of meals like the Cottage Cheese Steak or the Zucchini Zoodles. You can end a meal with any of their keto beverages or desserts and they also retail special Keto Bread made with almond flour.
This fun and casual space is a popular spot for a night out with drinks and comfort food. The menu is full of fried treats and carb heavy meals. It is probably the last place you expect to find a specific diet-friendly menu but their Keto menu is fabulous. Kingston Chicken Skewers is one of their specialities but even the Cinque Formaggi Salad ( 5 Cheese Salad ) and the Rum Marinated Grilled Chicken with Cauliflower Rice are the perfect picks for a keto meal.
This cafe is known for its juicy burgers, hearty sandwiches and an incredible range of pasta and risotto but for those who want to skip the carbs, their keto menu is perfect. The Smoke Salmon Platter, Bacon Wrapped Chicken and the Curried Cottage Cheese Skewers are a great choice but there are more soups, appetizers and mains to pick. Sadly no dessert but if you are on the diet chances are you would not miss it. The Keto Menu is available at all 3 outlets of Smoke House Deli across the city.
The Pantry, Fort, South Mumbai
Kalaghoda's favourite cafe and a coffee house just got a brand new Keto menu and it's been extremely well received. The menu at The Pantry has always had a healthy bend to it with organic wholesome ingredients so diners like that the food here is healthier than most cafes but with this new addition of their Keto menu, folks are even happier. The Keto Benedict with Avocado Bacon and an Almond Flour Muffin is excellent but even their guilt-free pizzas which are all made with cauliflower, the main bowls and Keto Cheesecake are all fantastic.
Kale & Kaffé, Andheri Lokhandwala, Western Suburbs
This adorable cafe tucked away in Andheri serves up some hearty and healthy meals but if you are a keto diet their special menu is a blessing. Their Keto menu has been specifically designed by a nutritionist and each dish has a breakdown of all the macros in it. The menu includes a range of interesting dishes beyond the usual suspects. Their burgers with the buns specially made with almond flour are a great choice for a filling meal but the range of keto desserts are a delight for people on the diet still craving a treat. Of course, they are all sugarless and made keeping in mind what is and is not allowed on the ketogenic diet.
Better known as the Tiny Taster, Roxanne is an internationally respected blogger and expert on the Mumbai food scene. She has hosted many events, including the Upper Crust Food & Wine Show and travels the world, sharing her knowledge and gaining more experience.