I was immediately intrigued by the prospect of Balance 360 Cafe, I’m a big fan of anything holistic and healthy, and from what i’d read, Balance 360 Cafe sounded like it could offer something exciting in comparison to the bland mall cafe offerings i’ve come to know and hate!
The Landmark Group’s Balance 360 offering markets itself as a ‘holistic wellness club’ providing Ayurvedic and organic spa and beauty treatments, yoga & pilates, life style workshops, a food school and the café.
I’m impressed, this sounds right up my street!
I was super happy to find a refreshingly interesting menu from Balance 360 Cafe; there’s an extensive range of traditional Indian and western dishes influenced by ancient Indian Ayurvedic principals served up with a modern twist. You’re provided with information on the nutritional content of each dish and your place mat outlines some basic Ayurvedic philosophy, i’m presuming with the intent of helping you make healthier eating choices, which certainly isn’t difficult when you see what’s on offer.
I opted for the Palak Bhutani; spinach with garlic, ginger and black gram flour served with yellow lentil and whole wheat bread. Basically a decent serve of beautifully flavoured wilted spinach, with a wee bowl of dahl, served with chapatti and a small pile of salad. If you’re an ‘eyes bigger than belly‘ type, like me, you might be a bit concerned at the serving size, however I add a scoop gingered rice from my partner’s meal, and finished my plate satisfied – feeling full and slightly angelic!
My partner chose the Chicken Gomadare-Cashew and Miso Sauce with raw papaya salad and gingered rice. Chicken skewers we’re nicely cooked but a bugger to get off the skewer! Rice was whole and beautifully cooked, as you’d expect from such an eatery. Again portion size looked small, but there was enough there to satisfy your stomach without feeling like you’d stuffed yourself or leaving you hungry for dessert.
We also pumped for a couple of juices and a pot of fresh mint tea. I had the Mango Immune booster; a mix of mango, orange, pineapple, pomegranate, lemon with ginger and mint; a perfectly sweet smoothie, very drinkable and gone in three seconds flat. My partner went for the very healthy Detox Juice; apple, orange, carrot and ginger; very healthy tasting – pure and unadulterated goodness, not one for faint hearted! Fresh mint and hot water, how hard can it be to get it right? You’d be surprised, my usual complaint is serving size vs price, however, this was happily not an issue at Balance 360 Cafe, where I got a decent sized tea pot. Heaven to me!
I’m not a fan of mall eateries, I find they lack character, make me feel like I’m eating in a goldfish bowl, and serve up safe unadventurous food. To top if off I find Oasis to be one of the least attractive malls in Dubai.
Balance 360 Café has definitely made the best of it’s undesirable location, it looks open and inviting, the décor is a bit of a mix of modern with a touch of rustic (exposed stone walls). There is a bit of the fish bowl feel going on, but luckily it’s tucked away on the top floor of the Oasis Centre, making it a lot quieter than your usual food court offering.
I like that the kitchen area is open to all eyes, you can impatiently watch as the chefs piece together your meal!
Very reasonably priced. We had a nice, healthy meal for two with drinks and walked away with change from AED 100, which is a rarity these days.
We were greeted on arrival, offered any seat in the house (it was pretty quiet), and promptly provided with a menu and our order was taken pretty swiftly. It was a bit touch and go as to whether our waiter understood our order; maybe he was just shy or didn’t speak English very well. Happily the right food turned up in time – not the fastest service in the world, but I like to think that they made most of our meal from scratch, hence having to wait that little bit longer to eat.
Tel: +971 4 384 7010
Healthy, indian, something a little different