Located on the first floor of a spacious, beautiful bungalow in a by-lane of Kalyani Nagar is Café Paashh, the latest organic café in the city. The café serves up healthy, organic and vegetarian food with a menu exclusively curated by Chef Ajay Chopra. Ingredients are sourced from local farms and every effort is made to support the spirit of sustainable living and wellbeing.
Paashh in Sanskrit translates to nature and true to its name, the ambiance resonates this theme. Elegant décor, lovely vertical gardens, a glass roof for optimum natural lighting and the sound of flowing water from a Buddha statue all gel together to enhance the dining experience.
Chef Vikrant Naidu has deliciously pushed boundaries with unusual pairings which all work together to provide ultimate flavor explosions. Start your culinary journey with the Bread and Greens salad which is a beautiful medley of purple basil, mesclun, a smooth carrot star anise puree and a crunchy sourdough melba toast topped with lovely lemon vinaigrette.
Next try the Charred Sweet Potato Chaat. A subtle aroma of smoked wood chips wafts up from a gorgeous plate of sweet potato slivers with a chia seed chutney. Strawberries and cucumber provide the crunchy element to this dish.
Pongal Rice Cakes are a must try as molgapodi is served on a bed of crispy sago pearls and a perfect hit of chilli complements this dish. Consomme is primarily made from meat or chicken broth. To my utter delight, the vegetarian consommé was on par if not better than its nonvegetarian counterpart with beetroot ravioli as the interesting element for a perfect umami flavor.
Pearl Barley Risotto is creamy and absolutely phenomenal. Other sumptuous dishes include Quinoa Methi Tikki and Soba Noodles. Beverages options are Kombucha, organic coffees, juices, smoothies or infused water.
For a dessert lover, calling these heavenly delights Sukoon brought a smile to my face. My personal recommendation is the Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding with Pumpkin Anise Sauce, the humble pumpkin just got elevated into a show stopper dish. Another must have is the 70% Single Origin Chocolate Bavarois with orange sauce and a nut chilli oil. From the Artisanal freshly churned ice creams my favourites were the Turkish Hazelnut and the Avocado and Honey.
By Sanaea Patel
Disclaimer – This review was done on an invitation from the establishment. Views expressed in the review is entirely ours and without any bias. Pictures of the dishes are not the standard portions, they are sample portions.