You need to know your food terminology and be a bit aware of making healthy food choices if you want to eat at the Fab Cafe, that has just launched in Noida’s Starling Mall in Sector 104.
Part of the Fab India Experience Centre here, this is the 24th outlet of the Fab Cafe brand that has set up shop. Located on the second floor of the adjoining building to this mall that’s called Starling Edge, this cafe is all about being inspired by the real India with its farmers, organic produce, long-forgotten grains and healthy flours and salads, smoothies, juices and also variety that’s packaged in from different regions of the country.
The decor is soothing to the eye, with an emphasis on natural sunlight streaming in through the giant windows and earthy colours and comfortable wooden furniture. Go natural, be natural, eat natural, is the motto of the Fab Cafe and in keeping in with parent company Fab India’s philosophy, it is all about promoting India and in this case, making Indian food interesting and healthy and tasty too.
Rebekah Blank, brand head, Fab Cafe, tells me it’s a consciously calculated lookout that they’re keeping because customers are growing increasingly health-conscious and discerning. So, if you know whether you want to eat a keto meal (more protein, fewer carbs diet), or go gluten-free (excludes the protein gluten found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye) or go vegan (avoiding all animal or animal-derived products, even dairy) or just be a glutton, Fab Cafe is the place for you!
So, what’s interesting about the menu at Fab Cafe? Blank, herself a food connoisseur and actively involved in menu planning, who talked about churning out healthy fruit and vegetable smoothies with a demo has this to say “Indian comfort food is the idea. We obsess over our ingredients and say no to refined oil, sugar and flours. Instead, we cook with organic ghee, traditional Indian whole grains and alternative sweeteners all sourced through our partner company Organics India.”
A few reccos here. Other than the regular cappuccinos and teas, you can try the Badam Thandai made with organic almonds, dates, jaggery syrup and green cardamom or the slow pressed Wild Berry juice with its mix of blueberry, raspberry and strawberry.
Other interesting dishes can include the Chicken Tikka Salad (grilled chicken tikka tossed with picked onions, cashew mint dressing on a bed of mixed organic salad greens), Quinoa Powerhouse Salad (fluffy quinoa and pomegranate seeds tossed with fresh, organic salad greens, roasted almonds & walnuts dressed with a spicy mustard kasundi dressing).
Or maybe you can try the Chicken Momos (dough made of jackfruit flour), Galouti Kebabs on Kuttu Discs (served on mini ‘kuttu’ flour parathas and the Keto Biryani (rice-free biryani made with grated cauliflower “rice”, spiced chicken or jackfruit and served with raita & salan gravy). End your meal with the Mango Cashew Cheesecake Tart (raw & vegan, made with almonds, cashew butter, coconut sugar, coconut oil& jaggery syrup, topped with mango puree). And this is but just a few!
As I said, know your stuff and then come here, else you run the risk of getting confused between jackfruit flour parathas and gluten-free momos and wondering if healthy is tasty or not. Or vice-versa.
Fab Cafe by Fabindia, Fabindia Experience Centre
Timings: 8:30am –10:30pm
Starling Mall, Hazipur
Noida (Uttar Pradesh)