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Bread and more...

Moshe's Oliva in New Delhi is a place for hardcore breadlovers. One can try its variety without keeping an eye on the diet chart, says SUMITRA SENAPATY.


WHO SAYS you can't feast and eat healthy? Bread freaks can choose from a wide range at Moshe's Oliva. Honest breads, nourishing and delicious. The 20-odd types of breads available here are exactly that. Choose from Corn and Coriander Loaf, Ragi Cluster, 5-Grain Loaf, Whole Wheat Loaf and more, all made sans eggs. After careful research, Moshe has even come up with flourless breads, like Bajra Loaf, Oatmeal and Soya Bread, Oat Bran Pita and Whole Wheat Bagels. Those suffering from guilt that craving for bread is not approved in many diets, take heart. The year-old Oliva is a place where you can break and devour huge quantities of bread, fully in the know that it is healthy. The flavours of the grains really come out as you dig into hearty slices and keep reaching out for seconds and thirds!

One of the most appealing qualities of Moshe's breads is that they are made with freshly ground grains. By freshly grinding the grains, the nutrition found in the grains stays as intact as possible, so the consumer receives the maximum benefit nutritionally. By developing different combinations of grains it has created new ways to experience nutritious breads.

The price ranges from Rs.25 to 35 per loaf of bread. The restaurant also has a new range of dips to go with the breads - Salsa Rossa, Pickled Yoghurt, Pesto and Jalapeno Hummus amont others. Moshe's nibbles and noshes, small, appetizer-like dishes have got quite a foothold at Oliva, and are gaining an even greater following at cocktail and launch parties. According to Moshe, Spanish `tapas,' the small plates of food originally eaten with a drink at the bar, have migrated to the dinner table as the idea of `grazing' attracts many consumers.

"You might split a few main dishes and have some drinks with some friends," says Moshe. His Appetizer section includes Peppered Pesto Mushroom with Mozzarella,Chargrilled cottage cheese with Salsa Rossa and Freshly baked Mustard Chicken and potato tart served with Spring Onion relish. Chef-turned-entrepreneur Moshe says that people enjoy the flexibility that appetizers and other small dishes offer. "People are serious about sharing or perhaps only wanting a small meal. They want to be able to control their dining in ways they didn't in the past."

"Consumers are looking for healthier choices, and the good news is that healthful foods don't necessarily mean bland foods," he adds. It is possible to ask for " a little more of this and a little less of that" at Oliva - Reassuring for today'sclientele obsessed with weight and cholesterol. Typically, Moshe's offers wholesome flavours, with generous use of whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes and nuts, unfettered by rich sauces and heavy scoops of cream and butter, the medium of choice being olive oil. But just in case you'd like to 'sin', there is a range of amazingly genuine desserts and cookies at Moshe's - Blueberry Cheesecake, Roasted Walnut and Chocolate Tart, Baklava, Warm Chocolate Mud Pie, Almond Biscotti, Chocolate Croissant and more. All you need to do is place an order and enjoy.

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