Sammi Lim and Carissa Morais discover where to go for a wholesome meal catering to specialty diets without compromising on taste
Specialty diets catered for at these eateries without compromising on taste
Finally heading our way is a host of eateries offering plenty of dairy-, gluten- and meat-free meals and options to cater for those on special diets or have food allergies. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food is also no longer constrained to mock meats or bland-tasting items. Bring the kids to any of these places and they will soon stop turning up their noses at the words ‘vegetarian food’.
Vegetarian; Vegan; Gluten-free dessert
This yoga studio and café is spacious, clean and homey enough that you’ll feel safe letting your tots tumble about. Waffle, the teddy bear-like resident puppy, may come sniffing around for scraps, but don’t be alarmed – he doesn’t bark or bite.
Crafted by nutritionists from Australia, Organica Lifestyle’s vegetarian menu is concise but intriguing. If your child loves grains, opt for the Quinoa Lemak, a santan- free, low-fat take on nasi lemak which replaces coconut rice with protein-rich quinoa. Another stellar dish is the Zucchini and Lemon Fritter with a Poached Egg; a generous squeeze of the accompanying lemon wedge plus a dollop of freshly made labneh (strained yoghurt) give the dish a zesty edge. There’s also wholesome porridge and a Carrot & Cauliflower Purée for babies and toddlers. Portions are large at Organica, which means you’re not likely to have room for dessert, but nothing’s stopping you from taking away a slice of the brownie or salted caramel cake for snack time. The former is gluten-free while the latter is light on the hips with butter replaced by heart-friendly olive oil. 66 Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, KL (012 340 8565/www. organicalifestyle.com). Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm.