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Restaurant review: Mumbai’s Sequel offers guilt-free indulgence

While sugar-free, gluten-free grub in the city has come to mean un-delicious food, Sequel in Bandra offers great dishes with exemplary ingredients.

more lifestyle Updated: Aug 13, 2016 09:19 IST
Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi
Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi
Hindustan Times
The salad called Mixed Signals, with cranberries, pomegranate, walnuts and feta, made us take a fresh look at zucchini.(Vidya Subramanian/ HT Photo )

Have you been to Sequel yet?” someone asked. “It sounds really strange.”

Yes it does, mainly because so far in our city, sugar-free, gluten-free grub has come to mean un-delicious, faddish food that is more trouble than it is worth. Sequel is none of these things. It’s easy to forget that their produce is organic, that their bread is flourless, and that the only fat in their Chocolate Lust cookie — of Peruvian cacao, stone-ground Mexican chips laced with raspberries — is almond butter. The cookie is crumbly and soft, and comes apart on the palate in a lush cascade of intense chocolate. It’s enough to make regular cookies look bad.

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Sequel is, above all, a place to eat pretty, pretty delicious food, which looks and tastes like real food. For instance, Pretty in Pink, a salad of Norwegian smoked salmon, Florence fennel, avocado, pickled radish, baby lettuce, green apple, dill and rice-wine vinaigrette comes un-tossed. This listing of ingredients on the menu seems to be an obsession — with good reason. Each bite of the salad, before we tossed it ourselves, was good enough to eat a plateful of — unseasoned. This is what makes Sequel’s food tasty — the ingredients are exemplary.

Each bite of the un-tossed Pretty in Pink salmon salad is good enough to eat a plateful of. (Vidya Subramanian/ HT Photo)

On the first page, the menu says ‘each ingredient has been sourced from the far corners of the world, Himalayas, Peru, Mexico, Thailand...’ so this clearly isn’t local, seasonal, low-carbon footprint eating, and neither does it pretend to follow this recent trend. Sequel claims it serves ‘world food’. From what we could tell, it’s clean eating, unconcerned with regionality in flavour, and worthy of seconds.

Of course, then, there is tricolour quinoa, kale and flax, all combined to delicious effect with Provencal herbs in Piece of Cake, a plate of two savoury patties served with bright tomato salsa. There are tart, flattened, baked kale chips that you’ll keep at until the plate is wiped clean. There are chia seeds, in the hearty cocoa smoothie with jumbo oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, dates and soy milk. And there’s the salad of Mixed Signals with cranberries, pomegranate, walnuts and feta, which made us take a fresh look at zucchini.

The savoury Piece of Cake has bright tomato salsa, and combines quinoa, kale and flax to delicious effect. (Vidya Subramanian/ HT Photo)

We thought we’d sit among Bandra’s hordes of hipsters at Sequel. Instead, the spare but cheerfully sunlit room hosted couples on dates, families with babies and tables for one, sipping on cold-pressed juice blends and nut milks decked with saffron, cinnamon or sour cherry. The day’s special was a Perfect Poach with edamame, avocado mash and pea shoots on flour-free bread. Here’s what’s really strange. We’ve been craving that bread since.

The author tweets @roshnibajaj

What: Sequel Bistro & Juice Bar

Rating: ****

Where: Solace, Shop No. 2, 33rd Road, (near Eye Max, opposite Eddie’s), Bandra West.

When: 9.30 am to 10.30 pm

Cost: Approx Rs 1,600 for a meal for two. No alcohol served.

Call: 75064-77710

First Published: Aug 12, 2016 21:48 IST