Eat for Art’s Sake

Eat for Art’s Sake

Tattva,an art cafe tucked in the furthest end of Hauz Khas Village,specialises in guilt-free organic food.

It’s located in the restaurant hub of the Capital,yet Tattva manages to be distinctive. Tucked in the farthest end of Hauz Khas Village,its menu boasts of meals that are completely organic,right from the water that comes from the Mulshi springs. “We want to promote healthy — no chemical eating,” says owner Anuradha Madhusudhanan,as she introduces her 25-30 seater diner that brings together art and food. While her artist-filmmaker husband KM Madhusudhanan looks after the former section,the recipes come from Anuradha’s kitchen.

A modest area with potted plants leads to the corridor where walls are decorated with artwork by many of India’s notable artists. Catching attention is Sumedh Rajendran’s human cut-outs in punch-embossed metal. Inside,the low seating area is dimly lit,with just enough light for the patrons to be able to appreciate the works of the likes of Gigi Scaria,N Pushpamala and Riyas Komu. Representing Bose Krishamachari is a trademark acrylic in psychedelic colours while Gulammohammed Sheikh juxtaposes Mahatma Gandhi and a sweeper in a digital print.

We are told that the display will change after every one or two months. So will the food,depending on the availability of organic veggies and spices that are sourced from across India. If the menu now boasts of soups served with toasted breads,summer will have more coolers. Seasoned with sesame seeds,the carrot and ginger soup has just the right flavour and consistency. Club it with grilled cottage cheese toasties or roasted sweet potatoes with rosemary and garlic. A tad famished,we opt for the Trivikarma kebabs platter. Soft and succulent,the lentil kebabs are served with a slice of paneer,mint chutney and hummus. There is a range of salads,but at Tattva,the calorie-conscious need not abstain from pastas either,for these too are organic — ranging from the regular whole wheat version to rye pasta,buckwheat and barley. The sauces aren’t familiar either. Tossing for a while between basil and almond pesto and lemon sauce with rocket leaves,we order the latter and feel satisfied. The tinge of lemon is strong yet not overpowering. The serving sizes are just enough for one,leaving room for dessert,all of which are dry-fruit based and therefore sugar-free,allowing one to gorge guilt-free. The fresh dates lend a sweet taste to the walnut and dates dessert. End the meal with a mug of tea or a refreshing panna. A word of caution for the carnivores though,Tattva is a vegetarian,non alcohol-serving diner.

If you want to carry back more than just the organic meal experience,Tattva also sells some quick bites and ingredients such as sun-dried tomatoes,olives and whole wheat chips. Describing the place best is the Arunkumar HG’s mixed media work near the counter. The light box installation has the words “Pure” written in blue.

Meal for two: Rs 2,000 – 3,000 Address: T-71,Hauz Khas Village,Aurobindo Marg,Contact: 8860244640