Enjoy immunity-boosting foods at these city restaurants


With the world on lock-down due to the current Corona Virus pandemic, it’s time to focus on staying safe – and one of the ways to encourage this is by boosting your immunity. Whether you want to dine in or order out, consider these restaurants that are serving a variety of dishes featuring lip-smacking, immunity-boosting ingredients.

Candy & Green: Candy & Green, the charming all-vegetarian, pet-friendly cafe at Breach Candy, serves a menu inspired by farm-fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.  Diners visiting the restaurant can try dishes like the Superfood Poke Bowl containing anti-inflammatory ginger and soya brown rice, sriracha marinated tofu, sweet onion, good-for-the-gut pickled radish, house-made Candy’s slaw and cucumber; or the Harvest Kale & Sweet Potato Salad with protein-rich quinoa, roasted carrots, high-fibre pumpkin seeds and lemon vinaigrette, topped with Parmesan shavings. The cocktail menu features a selection of wellness cocktails like be STELLAR, a vanilla hibiscus bellini with sparkling wine; or be EPIC, tequila served with mango puree and birds’ eye chilli, all rich with vitamins, minerals and some boozy goodness.

Address: Hubtown Skybay, Bhulabhai Desai Marg, Mahalaxmi (W), Breach Candy, Cumballa Hill, Mumbai 

Contact: 022 23523413 | +91-8291914513

Hours of Operation: 12:00 noon to 1:00 am, Monday to Sunday 

Sequel, Bandra and Kala Ghoda: Offering brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert menus, the food at Sequel is made using fresh, seasonal ingredients packed with anti-inflammatories, antioxidants and immunity-boosting superfoods.  Sequel’s all-natural smoothies pack a punch of nutritional goodness that will leave you feeling energized and healthy. Try their Peruvian Acai Berry Bowl with nutrient-dense Peruvian acai, banana, unsweetened mango pulp, raspberries, blueberries and house-made cashew milk, poured into a hand-carved wooden bowl, then topped with nut & seed granola and Mexican dark chocolate chip. The Raspberry & Sour Cherry Jar; Mixed Berry Jar; and the Beelicious Blueberry, all loaded with antioxidants and fiber, are a few more options to pick from the all-natural smoothie menu. Other ways to drink your way to health are by choosing Sequel’s Kashmiri Saffron Tea, topped with almonds; or their house-made Kamboucha with pineapple and fennel, fermented with green, white and black tea, both elixirs of vitamins & minerals to keep your immunity in top form.  

Address: Shop 2 and 3, Solace, 33rd Road, Near Eye Max, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai. 7506477710

Ground Floor, Upadrashta House, Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400023. 022-22659000

Operational hours: 8 am to 10:30 pm

Rue Du Liban: This may be a little-known fact, but Levantine cuisine, apart from being delicious, is also packed with protein and vitamins. Diners can try the Mouhamara, a sweet & spicy blend of Vitamin C-rich bell peppers, harissa, pomegranate molasses, walnuts and heart-healthy olive oil. Salads are another great source of antioxidants, proteins, vitamins and minerals and at Rue du Liban, diners can sample the classic Falafel, with tomatoes, onions, arugula, feta, cucumber and bell peppers topped with feta in lemon and olive oil dressing and tahini; or the heartier Tabbouleh, with vitamin-rich chopped parsley, cracked wheat, mint, lycopene-packed tomatoes and onions in a lemon & olive oil dressing.

Address: 43, Sassoon Building, VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai- 400023 

Hours: 7 pm to 1 am, Monday to Sunday

Tel: +91 7045000015 / 022 22864444  

Sorrentina by Foodhall: With power ingredients like basil, olives, tomatoes, lemon and garlic featuring prominently in Italian food, one cannot go wrong with this cuisine. Try the hearty salads at Sorrentina like the Oh, Orzo! Made with Orzo pasta, chicken, superfood cranberries, cherry tomatoes, pickled onion, nutrient-dense grilled zucchini, with pesto dressing. From promoting a healthy gut to building better immunity, the benefits of basil leaves are limitless. Try Sorrentina’s Basilico Margherita with pesto basil, topped with scamorza cheese and cherry tomatoes. If pizzas are not your thing, try their Risotto Alla Basilico with carnoli rice, basil & herbs, goat cheese fondue and cherry tomatoes. 

Address: Sorrentina by Foodhall, Second Floor, Foodhall@Linking Road, Plot No.106, Linking Rd, Santacruz West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400054. 

Operational Hours: 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Gustoso: Gustoso’s outposts in Kemp’s Corner and Khar are a haven of carefully selected ingredients and flavours that are as fresh as they are delicious. Diners looking to eat healthy can choose the Insalata di Cavolo e Quinoa with vitamin-K rich kale, quinoa, bell peppers and avocado or the colourful Arancio e Finocchio served with fennel and malta orange segments tossed with fibre-filled Kalamata olives, arugula, pomegranate carrots and nutrient-filled, roasted pistachio. Those looking for something light must opt for the classic Minestrone Soup with an abundance of farm-fresh vegetables, which is as comforting as it is moreish.

Address: Kemp’s Corner: Plot 109, Kwality House, August Kranti Maidan, Below Kemps Corner Bridge, Grant Road, Mumbai 400036

Khar: Jharna Apartments, Dr BR Ambedkar Road, Khar West, Mumbai 400052

Hours & Days: 12:00 pm to 3:30 am and 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm, Monday to Sunday  

La Folie: La Folie’s menu is loaded with the goodness of fresh, seasonal offerings that make a great addition to any meal, regardless of when you visit. Guests visiting for breakfast can kick start the day with a Seasonal Smoothie Bowl or eat their way to health from the delicious variety of eggs on offer. Feeling peckish? The Quinoa Mezze Bowl with nachani chips and plant-based, protein-packed hummus; or the Summer Melon Bowl with feta, quinoa, cucumber and calcium-rich arugula bring a wonderful balance of flavour, freshness and health to your palate. If you’re stopping by for a quick snack, La Folie’s signature cold-pressed juices and smoothies paired with the Avo-wich with mixed seeds, confit tomatoes and folate-heavy alfalfa sprouts hit all the right spots on the list!

Address: La Folie; Bandra, Mahalakshmi and Kala Ghoda. 

Operational Hours: 9 AM – 11 PM