From plant-based milk companies garnering large investments to clean meat companies working to bring “meat without slaughter” to market shelves by 2025, the vegan scene in India continues to boom.
So it makes sense that the largest city in India is getting its very first vegan restaurant! Café RVD, with food that is “good for you, good for the environment, and so delicious,” plans to open in Mulund this May.
According to Vegan First, Mumbai is home to a large number of vegans, and the vegan delivery options are severely limited. With a lack of exclusively vegan restaurants in Mumbai, Café RVD owners Ritwik and Vidhi decided to start their own.
Vidhi, who has always been vegetarian, used to love cheese, paneer, and butter. Now a vegan, Vidhi plans to feature vegan versions of dairy products on the menu. The fully plant-based restaurant will encompass a variety of cuisines catering to different tastes. Offerings will include chocolate dosa, classic falafel and hummus, barbecue tofu burgers, and mango desserts.
Given Vidhi’s love of cheese, it’s no surprise that she was inspired by U.S.-based vegan cheesemaker Miyoko Schinner:
We love her new brand—Miyoko’s Creamery. It’s positioned as being “phenomenally vegan”—and one look at the offerings and you can see why! This stuff is not an imitation of the old non-vegan stuff, it’s so much better. It’s better for your body, it’s better for the environment, and you’re not putting the cows through the trauma of animal farms so that it can land on your plate.
Ritwik and Vidhi are experimenting with making all their ingredients in-house, including cheese, cream cheeses, herbed butters, mayonnaise, and dahi.
Café RVD is great news not only for Mumbaikars looking to enjoy a vegan meal but for animals suffering at factory farms. Cows, pigs, and chickens are treated like unfeeling objects, and their short lives are marked by unimaginable cruelties: intensive confinement, agonising mutilations, and violent deaths.
With more and more people speaking out about the brutality animals endure for dairy, meat, and eggs, there has never been a better time to try plant-based alternatives. Click here to get started.