Review: Fab Cafe's new branch in Gachibowli offers smoothie bowls, vegan drinks and quinoa rotis
As the first branch in Banjara Hills completes a year, Fab Café opens a new outlet in Gachibowli offering its elaborate and healthy new menu. The 50-seater is a part of the Experience Centre of Fab India, similar to their previous outlets across the country. After a long day’s shopping, you can head to the brightly lit café to grab some healthy bites. Launched a couple of weeks ago, this new branch is located in Indira Nagar, overlooking the bustling Gachibowli Road. The café on the first floor of the centre is a separate section, thus keeping you away from the hustle-bustle of the shoppers in the store.
As we walk in, we spot aesthetically pleasing flower pot arrangements and colourful wall art comprising tropical trees, giving a relaxed vibe. The seating is comfortable with cushioned sofas and dining chairs. Inspired by traditional Indian food, the menu comprises wholesome and nutritious dishes covering various parts of the country. Think everything from Dal Makhani of North India to Kerala’s Coastal Fish Moilee and Kashmiri-style Mutton Curry. There are also fusion organic dishes like Water Chestnut Momos and artisanal ice cream. The menu also contains gluten-free options, using carbs such as quinoa and kathal and a special kids section.
We start with a Very Berry Smoothie Bowl from the all-day breakfast section. Packed with homemade granola and fresh fruits, this one is perfect for your Instagram feed, thanks to the layer of berry pulp and neatly cut bananas.
The Not So Classic Chicken Momos surprises us with the dough — made of fresh jackfruit flour and root starches.
With succulent chicken filling, this one is paired with chilli garlic sauce. We wash it down with a Badam Thandai.
A coolant made of almonds, dates, jaggery and green cardamom, it is a bit more filling than your regular drinks. Vegetarians can opt for Baked with Chana Dal Filling or the Jhalmuri Salad. Made with fluffy quinoa, puffed rice and roasted makhanas, the citrus dressing gives it a tangy flavour.
Among the main course options, Basmati Rice Biryani catches our attention. Although it sounds like a regular Hyderabadi staple, it’s the jackfruit filling that makes it unique. The hot piping saffron and kewra spiked biryani is flavoursome with soft jackfruit pieces cooked in in-house masala. You can pair it with salan gravy or one of the three pickles — papaya, beetroot and green chilli — for a new variation.
To end your healthy meal, we recommend you try the gooey Chocolate Cake, made with almond flour, coconut sugar and desi ghee. You can add a scoop of artisanal ice cream to it!
Price for two: Rs.1,200.