Guilt-free indulgences

Guilt-free indulgences

The concept of veganism is fast catching on in today’s world which is obsessed with healthy eating and super-fit bodies. For the uninitiated, a vegan diet is one that consists of only plant-derived foods. It rejects any animal products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, and so on. It is only natural then that people feel vegans have very few options when it comes to food. ‘Carrots Restaurant’ aims to debunk this myth.

Started in 2013 by Krishna Shastry, an IIT passout and passionate vegan, the restaurant is now managed by Susmitha Subbaraju, who is also a partner. According to them, ‘Carrots Restaurant’ was the first 100% vegan restaurant in Bengaluru with a focus on promoting healthy eating and sustainable living. “The emphasis is on conscious eating,” says Susmitha. “We wanted to let people know that going vegan does not mean giving up everything or having to manage with a monotonous fare. A lot of variety is available for such people which is evident from our menu,” she says.

The customers do vouch for that. From burgers and wraps to pastas and pizzas as well as desserts and beverages, the fare on offer is diverse. One of the favourites is the ‘tiramisu’, a coffee- flavoured dessert that has people coming back for more. Another is the ‘Almond pesto paella’ where the traditional Spanish paella has been given a twist by adding almonds to it. “Most restaurants tend to make their dishes grain-rich. We focus on making them vegetable-rich,” explains Susmitha.

Considering that vegans are still a fledgling group, one expects the crowd to be a niche one but Susmitha says that it is not so. “We have foods at various health levels. People can choose from something as healthy as salads to something which is deep-fried. So we have many types of people coming in, including non-vegetarians who want to try out vegan food.”

Contributing to this steady flow of customers is the colourful and welcoming decor which gives a nice, homely feeling. “‘Carrots aims at providing a fine casual dining experience. So we have not followed any one particular style but used everything from Tibetan prayer flags and windchimes to artistic touches on the walls,” says Susmitha. ‘Carrots Restaurant’ is located at 80 Feet Road in Koramangala.


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