Sante Spa Cuisine is the place to go for a tasty and healthy indulgence in Bengaluru
Spa cuisine has been around for nearly a decade and the likes of Nicole Kidman, Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart are some of its advocates. While Bengalureans might have been exposed to this cuisine on their global travels, the options in the city were few. So, when we chanced upon Santé Spa Cuisine in Indira Nagar, we were a bit apprehensive about what was in store.
The white and green interiors, floral fragrance and the warm lighting were quite inviting yet the thought of eating clean wasn’t alluring, especially on a cold wintry evening. We were surprised to be served a cold green drink as we were expecting something warm. But the drink, called ‘Pineapple, Spinach, Spearmint and Black Salt Energetic Beverage’ was just what we needed. It was refreshing and the perfect start to our meal. The pineapple and spinach flavours were most prominent, and the black salt added the required punch. With this unexpected start, we moved onto appetisers.
From the well-thought out assortment of appetisers (or ‘Appetizing Morsels’ as they call it) we tried the vegan Beetroot and Spinach Hommus served with multigrain khakra chips. The smoothness of the hommus and the distinct flavours of beetroot and spinach were balanced by the addition of extra virgin olive oil. The ‘Santé’ touch to this dish was the use of crunchy toasted chickpeas as garnish.
From the salads, we tried the Spaghetti of Vegetables — spaghetti made with zucchini and tossed with bell peppers, purple cabbage and fenugreek leaves. What really impressed us was thepickled mango vinaigrette that added tanginess to the dish.
Before we moved onto the mains, we were served the Thandai Milkshake. A drink like this between courses is a bad idea because we couldn’t stop at one. The blend of almond, saffron, fennel and pepper flavours made this drink a hit.
Mulling over millets
From mains, we recommend the Farm Fresh Pizza and the Bajra Spinach Risotto. The thin crust made with ragi is what makes it special and the mozzarella, made in-house, melts in the mouth. The use of pearl millet or bajra makes the risotto a good option for those looking at a satisfying and nutritious dish. The coarse texture of the bajra goes very well with the mushy spinach.
From the dessert section, we enjoyed the Almond Muesli Ice Cream. The ice cream which uses raw unprocessed sugar impressed us with its nutty and textural quality. With a detailed and well-researched menu, Santé is promising and warrants a second visit.
Rs 1,000 for two. At Indira Nagar