Mumbai Food Review: This delivery service offers burgers that will make you fit!
Crispy Eggplant Burger
IfâÂÂyou're vegan, you can probably count on one hand the number of eateries in the city that cater to your needs while also serving delicious grub. Narrow down the search to just vegan burgers, and you arrive at another figure — nil. But, if you live around Bandra, you're in luck, thanks to a new delivery service called Vegan Burger Kitchen.
Asian-style Sweet Potato and Peanut Burger
The menu currently offers nine burgers, each different from the next, and all made using locally sourced, organic produce.
Being day one of operations, when we call, we're informed that the BBQâÂÂPulled Jackfruit Burger and the Cauliflower and Red Lentil Burger aren't available. On sensing the disappointment in our voice, however, we are promised that it will be available soon enough.
Among the burgers we try, we find two favourites. The first is the Asian-style Sweet Potato and Peanut Burger (Rs 329), where the sweet potato patty pairs beautifully with the creamy soy milk-based Sriracha mayo and Asian slaw. The Crispy Eggplant Burger (Rs 299) is best eaten fresh. The fun lies in biting into the crunchy exterior of the patty — robed in a vegan Thousand Island dressing and pickles — to get to the mushy eggplant that sits inside.
Smoked Black Beans, Mushrooms and Beet Burger
We also enjoy the Smoked Black Beans, Mushrooms and Beet Burger (Rs 299). The patty gets its form and flavour predominantly from the black beans, so if you don't enjoy them, avoid this one. The Unmeat Burger (Rs 329), meanwhile, is an acquired taste. The texture of the wheat protein that makes up the patty is odd and unfamiliar, and the grainy flavour seeps through, despite a generous use of punchy condiments in the burger.
In addition to the burgers, the menu also lists beverages like iced tea and cold brews, as well as two desserts. Pop the Vegan Chocolate Brownie (Rs 129) into the microwave oven for a few seconds before digging in, and you won't be disappointed. The Bounty Pudding (Rs 129) is a riff on the coconut-filled chocolate bar. Here, however, the desiccated coconut is replaced by coconut milk, giving you a chocolate dessert that feels like velvet on the tongue. We hear that the menu is going to be expanded to include more burgers, and meals. Until then, we're content to binge on another Crispy Eggplant Burger.
TIME: 12 pm to 11 am (closed Tuesdays) delivers to Bandra West, Khar West, Santacruz West
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Dig into vegan desserts
Amai is a delivery service launched by Aishwarya Nair Mathew. Her new line of desserts is not just healthy, but also vegan and free of preservatives. Try the Triple Chocolate Ganache Cake (Rs 590 for two), which has a granola bar-like base made with organic almonds, cashew nut and apricot. If you're not a fan of chocolate, opt for the nut milk-based Ginger Lime Cheesecake (Rs 590 for two).
Savour guilt-free meals
Vegan Bites, founded by Samir Pasad, has been around since 2011. This tiffin service offers grub that is plant-based, oil-free and minus any animal products, including dairy. Delivery is across Mumbai, and each tiffin comes with five items — a salad, snack or starter, rice or roti, curry or vegetable dish, and a drink or soup.
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Try dips and cheese
Mayavi Khandelwal's My Pure Path is a vegan delivery and catering service offering everything from crackers and dips to butter and cheese, all made minus dairy. Slather Miso Mayo (Rs 350) on your Asian-style burger, or grate the Almond Parmesan (Rs 150) or Herb Cheese (Rs 300) on your pasta.
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Why go the vegan way?
Despite there being so many vegetarians in the city, when it comes to burgers, it's hard to find options beyond the paneer or aloo tikki burger. With Vegan Burger Kitchen, we wanted to change the game and give both, vegetarians and vegans, options to pick from.
Hira Mulchandani, owner
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