Inside Green Village Cafe, Andheri | All The Deets

By Fatema Lakdawala September 11, 2018
Interiors at Green Village Cafe

Andheri is taking after its southern sister, Bandra, and is home to a new, healthy and wholesome café with Green Village Café. Taking inspiration from cuisines from all over the world, the menu is a nice mix of flavours and ingredients.

Apart from offering a keto, gluten-free and vegan diet, what we found wonderful about this cafe was that a part of the profits go toward the well-being of farmers and their land. This dream project was kick-started by Mamta Wadhwani and her friends from The Lions Club International after two years of rigorous planning. Subsequent to their visit to a village in the region of Marathwada where a number of farmers committed suicide, Mamta and her friends learned about the shortcomings of farm life, farmers and their families. With great momentum to help them out, The Green Village Cafe was established.

The Green Village Cafe claims to use no preservatives or unhealthy ingredients in any of their foods. They bake all their bread, substituting white flour with gehu (wheat) and rajgira (amaranth). They also substitute sugar with honey and jaggery for their drinks and salads. At the same time, they have tried to achieve the right balance of health and appetizing flavours, making this a great spot for newbie healthy lifestyle seekers.

We visited them on a Friday afternoon to gorge on some of their signature dishes, drinks and desserts. Suiting their menu, the interiors are green and vibrant with lush creepers hanging from the ceiling and walls. In one corner stands a tiny dessert display with freshly baked treats, and cosy cushioned chairs and tables are spread around it.

While I was deciding on what to order from their vast menu, I was served a refreshing glass of Cucumber Chaas. A bit on the spicy and salty side, this mint green coloured refreshment had a classic masaledaar Indian tinge to it. Next, I called for a Fresh Lime Soda and was amazed by its ginger, jaggery and jaljira flavours. I was now ready to start eating!

First up was the Mom’s Green Salad, a mix of veggies and peanuts that had a zesty and sweet dressing. I really liked how the two flavours weren’t very overwhelming and fit together just right. Next up was the Green Village Special Bruschetta that disappointed me a little. The bread wasn’t crispy enough and both the toppings – spinach and mushrooms, tomatoes and olives – were lacklustre. Skip this dish for sure.

Mom’s Green Salad

Mom’s Green Salad

I moved on to The Mexican Bowl and I was happy with my choice. Warm and comforting, this bowl had brown rice cooked to perfection with a tomato-based sauce, as well as kidney beans and avocado to enhance the Mexican flavours. It’s rare for a meat lover like me to love an all vegetarian meal. So yes, I was pleasantly surprised.

The Mexican Bowl

The Mexican Bowl

However, after that veggie overload, I had to order the Mutton Kheema Pav. Honestly, I expected a healthy take on the original street-side kheema pav but the plate was a tad too oily for my liking. Don’t get me wrong, it was definitely yummy, but it didn’t feel very healthy or light.

Mutton Kheema Pav

Mutton Kheema Pav

By this time, I was done with my drink and wanted to try one of the smoothies, so I went for the Detox Smoothie that had apple, banana and spinach. The spinach flavour didn’t irk me out one bit, the smoothie was thick, sweet and awesome.

The last savoury dish I called for had to be a pizza because I was intrigued by their healthy take on pizzas. They gave me a choice between wheat, amaranth and almond base, I went for the classic Margarita Pizza with a wheat base. It was crisp and I could have devoured two in one go, that’s how light it was.

Margarita Pizza

Margarita Pizza

I was done with my mains and was eager to know what the dessert display had in store. Amongst a number of options, the Almond Cake and Chocolate Almond Mousse caught my fancy. The cake was tender and flavoursome and I feel it would go really well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but I kept it simple and had it as is. The mousse, on the other hand, was generously portioned in a wide cup and was creamy, chocolaty with the slight crunch of almond. The mousse was a clear winner for me here.

Almond Cake

Almond Cake

My overall take on Green Village Cafe is – cutesy interiors with a good, varied menu. It isn’t exactly for those seeking an extremely healthy diet, but that also depends on what you choose to eat here. I’d go back to try all the smoothies and have the Mexican Bowl of course.