The Real Green Cafe – New Additions! — Reviewed!

My love for Vegan food is undying. Have been trying the vegan food at so many places lately be it Zest Ubud or Yellow Flower in Bali or The Real Green Cafe in Pune. Being Maharashtra's first vegan cafe, The Green Cafe, was and is always on my list. Have been there a couple of times and glad to see them growing. Led by the animal-lover and hard-core vegan herself, Aishwarya Vishwanath, the cafe is quite popular amongst punekars. It is not only a space to eat or drink but to share your innovative ideas, have a chit-chat or even discuss some thoughts to contribute to the society. Apart from serving Vegan Food, sustainable living, use of organic products, clean eating and conserving nature including animals are the motives behind starting the Real Green Cafe.
One can contribute in any form be it giving your time, money, energy or ideas! The orange wall with hand painted owl graffiti, open kitchen, reused glass bottles, messages over the pillar is some of the features of the cafe.

Recently, I was there for taste some of the new additions to the menu. Glad to see the cafe has extended the menu to healthy filling meals, along with the pizzas, pasta, wraps, juice, smoothies, milkshakes and most popular the in-house dairy-free Ice-creams. Following are the dishes I tried...
  • Sweet 'n' Chilli Stir Fry Veggies and Brown Rice (Rs.350)
  • 'Meaty' Balls with Spaghetti (Rs.300)
  • Cheesy Spinach Mushroom Sandwich (Rs.150)
  • Butterscotch and Chocolate Ice-cream scoop
Started our lunch with the Sweet Chilli tossed Veggies including bell peppers, baby corn, broccoli and mushrooms with the crunch of cashew nuts served with the wholesome brown rice. Found it a bit sweet as per my palate. We were told that the dish was prepared according to the tolerance of foreigners but can be customised as per the choice. So, if you are planning to order this, make sure to give your preference, beforehand. I had the Hazenut Frappuccino which was as good as the regular one.

A nice filling plus visually appealing meal made it to our table and that was "Meaty Balls" with Whole wheat spaghetti. Great tasting mushroom and tofu no-meat balls are served with rich red tomato sauce. Loved the texture of 'meat-balls' as it was made with mushroom and tofu. You won't feel its vegan! Delicious.

Sandwiches are the all-time favourite so tried Cheesy Spinach and Mushroom Sandwich. The loaded sandwich in brown bread was healthy indeed but I wish it was toasted on the grill with some vegan butter or fat. The filling was good and quite cheesy.

To my wonder the best sellers homemade ice-creams were exceptional. You won't be able to differentiate it with the dairy one. So creamy and flavourful. A must try is the butterscotch. Super delicious and refreshing. You can also grab the family pack of it.

Overall, it was a nice experience and always a pleasure meeting with Aishwarya. Will be visiting soon again!

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