Health food with a gourmet twist
Healthy food was the catch phrase of 2012, but next year the focus will be on healthy gourmet. "Not only will food be wholesome and nutritious, it will also be delicious," says owner Abhishek Honawar from The Pantry. Unlike plain diet food that can be boring and tasteless, here the aim is to retain the original characteristics of the ingredients and ensure the food tastes good.
Almond Salad with Arugula at The Pantry, Kala Ghoda. Pic/Wilson Ranbhise
Honawar proves his point by citing an example of a salad. Since salads are supposed to be full of fiber, a healthy gourmet meal will preserve that virtue and also ensure that the salad is scrummy by using inventive dressing or ingredient combinations. At the two month-old Pantry, patrons can get a whiff of this trend by digging into gluten-free red millet pancakes, brûléed cinnamon-scented oat porridge, almond salad with arugula among other healthy treats. And this is just one instance. Food forecasters predict this trend to hop outside salad specials onto other areas of the menu such as gourmet soups, calorie-free desserts and carb-free main course dishes as well. "These will especially work for diners who count calories even while dining out," he adds.Cupcakes make way for Cakelettes
Cakelettes, like cupcakes are small desserts that can be eaten in one or two bites. They are generally layered and packed with a variety of dessert ingredients such as nuts, fruits, cream and sponge in one go.