Food that nurtures well-being at Terrassen Cafe, Hyderabad, India

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A connect with the maker and eater - that’s what Dhanesh Sharma calls his Terrassen Cafe, an artisan vegan cafe, which is unusual for a city which boasts of non vegetarian cuisine including the iconic Biryani - Hyderabad. The the cafe serves passionately created Vegan food in a quiet, nostalgia brimmed neighborhood, albeit in a posh locality of Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, right opposite Goethe-Zentrum, the German Institute.

Dhanesh at his Cafe


Dhanesh, an Engineer from Delhi is vegan by choice and the idea of the cafe came from his stand against the mass production of food and the thought of giving something unique to people who are concerned about Health and the environment. The uniqueness in the food is associated with creation of everything from the scratch, with love and intensity of adding value to flavors. He in-fact bakes his own breads, using specialty flours like the sprouted whole wheat flour.

Thai Salad with Black Pepper Tofu and Hot Chocolate


The food at the Terrassen makes people happy and the reason is taste, ambiance, long chats with the maker and the fact that the ingredients are totally natural. The deftly crafted sauces and a soulful menu, which includes Chip Butty Sandwich, (a Welsh staple sandwich, served with Pumpkin Sauce, with a Terrassen twist), Thai salad with Black Pepper Tofu, Hot Chocolate (Cocoa with Soy Milk and Coconut Milk), delicious desserts (including Lemon Kiwi Cake and Vegan Brownie), Guava Squash and many other tempting food choices makes one activate all senses at the same time. The result - a divine experience of being in the moment. My favorite is a dish called "Bunny Chow", which is a twist to a South African street-food and an Ice Cream Sundae called "Sesame Love" which has joyful sprinkles of "Tahini Halwa" You don’t need to be a vegan necessarily to enjoy the food but if you are someone who appreciates a soulful journey towards happiness, this is the place for you. As a bonus, you can have interesting chats with Dhanesh on many facets of life, including politics and everything else.

The path of happiness gets smooth with new positive habits. This cafe is one such place where the happiness comes to you, wrapped in deliciousness. This post may seem unlikely for a blog on Positive Psychology, but then Positive Psychology lays emphasis on well-being and one way to well-being is what we feed to our body.

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  1. Most of these cafes vegan or not, are extremely expensive and thus a way of reinforcing class hierarchies.

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    2. What class hierarchy are you talking about? Wearing a UCLA tee and complaining about prices. Whether its fake or original, it reflects your mindset. We love Terrasan cafe for the healthy, delicious food they make. And are happy that the farmers benefit from such cafes. This cafe is win-win for the consumer and the farmers. So there's really nothing to complain about. Unlike people who buy American shirts for high prices/ think foreign products are cool, some people would rather spend their money on healthy food that benefits them and the local people.

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  2. Most of these cafes vegan or not, are extremely expensive and thus a way of reinforcing class hierarchies.

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    1. Oh come on... at least someone is trying to do something different. And the farmers growing the organic ingredients for Terrassencafe are better off for it. It's hard to do everything perfect, and until policies change, it'll be next to impossible to sell vegan & organic food of good quality at prices that really everyone can afford.

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    2. Please visit the cafe and then form an opinion. It is surely cheaper than all high class cafes.

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  4. My only complaint is about their use of mushrooms. Most of the vegetarians do not deem mushrooms as a food that is fit for consumption. According to the Mahabharata, mushrooms have been formed from the blood droplets of the slain demon Vrutrasura and that is why some discerning vegetarians shun mushrooms.
    Hence may I humbly appeal to Mr.Dhanesh to run his glorious vegan cafe sans mushrooms!

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  5. Thanks for your comments! As a writer of this blogpost, my humble request is to support such ventures. Dhanesh is a passionate guy who wants to do something different. Please appreciate the efforts. The pricing is according to the place as well as ingredients and it's not as high as you imagine

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  6. Been here today. One of the things that drove me to leave a comment is the positive energy that I'm filled with partly due to the food, the place and also after meeting such a humble and an amazing person, the writer of this blogpost, Sandeep. Truly, this cafe is a perfect place to find solitude at the heart of the city's centre with its flavourful food. Guava shake with a hint of mint and lemon zest is a must try and so refreshing. As for the price, compared to 100's of places in hyderabad which charge you big bucks this place is far reasonable among them all.

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