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212 All Day Cafe & Bar – My Take On The Healthy Menu

Y’all know how I’ve been trying to eat healthy and seriously concentrate on getting some definition for my summer body (those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, why aren’t you following me o IG/Twitter/SC? ID- @dumbbellsndrama. Hitting that follow button now would be a great idea) It is difficult for a dessert and food lover like me to be logical about what I eat (I OD’ed on some ice cream yesterday, but that was well timed too cos I ended up loading after a workout, so muscle building :))

Anyhoo, I honestly don’t expect myself to start getting excited about chia seeds and kale, but I know I’ve come a long way since those pizza and whiskey loaded nights. I take time to decide what healthy things on the menu can be ordered, and even on cheat days I don’t go all out (wheat base pizza, tandoori chicken, etc are cheat meals. I can’t get myself to have more than a bite of cheese-burst pizza anymore)There are not many places that boast of a healthy menu, so it gets difficult to eat out too. So when 212 All Day Café and Bar invited us over for a healthy menu tasting, the boy and I were definitely excited.

Here’s what the menu looked like-

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Coconut & Corn Bisque Soup – coconut milk is healthy, yeah, but I’d suggest you have this one without the buttered garlic bread if you’re aiming at healthy eating.
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Quinoa Bowl – greens mixed with cranberries, quinoa, toasted almonds and pomegranate. I surprisingly loved this one (I say surprisingly because I do not enjoy salads) A definite must have if you’re eating healthy.
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Quinoa Chicken Strips – instead of bread crumbs, these are fried with a quinoa base. Healthy? Not so much- these are still fried at the end. Tasty, but not so sure about the healthy bit.
Savoury Baklava- Absolutely delish, this one needs to find it's place in the regular menu. It's stuffed with Kale, leek, potatoes and topped with caramelized onions.
Savoury Baklava- Absolutely delish, this one needs to find it’s place in the regular menu. It’s stuffed with Kale, leek, potatoes and topped with caramelized onions.
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Shrimp Pasta – though the cheese in this pasta has been replaced with a healthier, “good fat” option, the pasta was the regular flour pasta (and not the healthier whole wheat pasta) Once again, not sure this can be a part of the healthy bit. Once again absolutely delicious, but not exactly “healthy”
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Grilled Chicken Breast –this is something that I’d order off the healthy menu. You can never go wring with grilled chicken.
Flourless Chocolate Cake - great stuff, definitely reduces calories because it doesn't use the flour. Eat it without the ice cream though if you wanna "cheat healthy"
Flourless Chocolate Cake – great stuff, definitely reduces calories because it doesn’t use the flour. Eat it without the ice cream though if you wanna “cheat healthy”

VERDICT
I can’t say much about the healthy quotient here. It’s a great bet for those who want to think they’re eating healthy though. I honestly prefer the Palladium outlet in Mumbai over this one. The menu there made me go all “OMG this is all so healthy :/ “ and I assumed it wouldn’t be fun to eat either. 212 All Day Café and Bar challenged me to taste their coolers (while I mentally prepared myself to drink concoctions of kale and spinach, banana, yogurt and chia seeds, and all that jazz) The result? I ended up drinking 2 out of the 6 mini bottles. I would love to go to the breakfast there, I wouldn’t have to think twice before ordering whatever it is that I want to. Can’t say the same about Pune though. It’s a great initiative, but we need a larger, healthier menu (I wouldn’t mind if they went all out healthy either :D )

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