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Updated about 13hrs ago

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When four young brains influenced by Pranic Healing, get together beyond profession, for passion, to make a difference, there got to be more than meets the eye. The new natural and organic Café Rainbow at posh south Kolkata is indeed worth a visit. We met a bright young man, who explained to us living naturally helps remove diseases in our bodies. First we need to change our salt and oil – use natural salts and cold pressed oil – the body will respond immediately. We settle to try the all-organic vegetarian menu.

Decor:

A tiny store within a day spa, makes space for a café cum retail for Rainbow. Rather plain Jane, with two cane tables it is hardly a café! The rainbow effect is actually from the series of packaged products on the shelves. We feel quite trapped, till we are shown out – a splash of green garden area with cane furniture strewn around, rather hot during the day, but soothing and perfect for an early evening organic rendezvous! We settle back indoor in air-conditioned comfort promising ourselves to return for the dose of fresh air experience.

Food:

The menu stumps us! For one, it is larger than life for the size of the café and sports a Day’s special chalk-board. The dishes using products from different parts of the country, grown naturally, mostly by NGOs actually touch our heart. We trash the promotional Bengali menu and go for the regular. Seabuckthorn Crush (Rs.80), Grape Juice (Rs.60), Cheese Chilli Toast (Rs160), Quattro Formaggi Pizza (Rs.300), Aglio e Olio Pepperonchini (Rs.250), Muffin (Rs.40). It continues in retail therapy with packaged Spinach soup, Tomato soup and Sweet Corn Soup (Rs.40 each), Rasam Powder and Sambhar Powder (Rs. 50 each), Flax Chikki (Rs. 50), Spicy Italian Mix (Rs.90) and Sea Salt (Rs.30).

Plus&Minus:

The richness of the juices are in their descriptions – the seabuckthorn is Omega & vitamin enhancer, the grape an anti-oxidant boost – chilled and acidic, they have no smell of added preservatives.

The Chilli Cheese Toast is excellent, straight from the oven – with a Bruschetta like appearance, not miserly in using artisanal cheese from far away Kodaikanal, spiced up by chopped tomato, capsicum and green chillis.

The whole wheat-base pizza, with ample mix of four cheese and sprinklers of Spicy Italian Mix and Himalayan Herb Salt off the shelf, is refreshing with more crusty substance than paper thin or fat flour base. The al dente wheat pasta made, a faultless Aglio Olio with a touch of veggies. However, the whole meal lacked greens, roughage actually.

The wheat muffin is brittle, result of overnight storage, but the sample of the hot flaxseed bread with peanut butter left a lingering satisfaction. I am so going back.

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This modern coffee/tea bar is slowly replacing the roadside chai wallah and adda concept. Packed with sandwiches, small eats, a variety of hot and cold beverages, and tall glasses of sundaes and seasonal desserts, it attracts working youngsters, college and school kids and the noisy lot! But Barista is worth dropping by for their freshly ground coffee beans and Black Forest. The Barista Creme on Camac Street also has an executive lunch menu featuring soups, salads, pastas and sandwiches of choice. The wait before the food arrives is long, but you won't give it a second thought once your food arrives, thanks to the delectable taste of the dishes. The Penne in White or Red Sauce and Chocolate Chip Muffins are recommended.

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