Think organic food and immediately green, brown, bland and unappetising comes to mind. Well as they always say, what is good for you doesn’t always taste good right? That’s where we’re all wrong.
Healthy food can actually taste good, as proven by Eco-Oasis, a small organic food bistro located just off the busy Jalan Maarof in Bangsar. Perched on a hill, the one-storey bungalow is a picture of serenity and tranquility with soothing music accompanying its almost therapeutic ambience.
Established just a year ago, Eco-Oasis offers a variety of Western, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine that is all made of the freshest organic ingredients. Few of the favourites include the Fried Thai Rice, Thai Bee Hoon, Nasi Lemak, salads and soups. The fruit and vegetable smoothies are also a hit here, the top two choices being the Tropical Relaxer (spinach, mango, pineapple and ginger) and Purple Purifier (beetroot, watermelon and banana). All the food is prepared on the spot so the wait can be a bit long, depending on the crowd. But the wait will be worth it when the food arrives. Surprisingly tasty, you wouldn’t feel guilty emptying their large portions into your bellies, that’s for sure!
Elke Wollschon, the German owner of Eco-Oasis tells us that more than just a restaurant, it is also a shop and organic spa. The shop sells all things organic from food and drinks to hair dye, make-up and also a special t-shirt line by local designer, Melinda Looi, made of biodegradable dye. The spa offers facial treatment which uses organic products from Hungary. Once a month, Eco-Oasis even organises a special 7-day Detox program which guides participants on how to live a healthy lifestyle by providing 3 nutritious meals a day for one week. Elke also mentions that they are coming up with a new menu offering an assortment of raw food which is pretty much unheard of here (no, sushi doesn’t count). With so many programs and events on their plate, Eco-Oasis definitely stands out for being a sanctuary of all things organic and eco-friendly.
Yes, we know it’s going to take some time for all of us to go cold turkey on all our beloved spices and fried yummies but let’s give a thought to our poor deprived bodies and try one step at a time alright? After all, the food tasted pretty good albeit the lack of salt and spices. Maybe one day, dare we say that we’ll opt for organic rather than the old McDonalds? One day… Damn you, Ronald!
Eco-Oasis is located at 7, Jalan Riong, Bangsar. Opening hours are from 11am to 9pm everyday except Mondays. For more info on Eco-Oasis and its programmes, log on to www.eco-oasis.my.
Images: Jessica Wong + Boo Lee (www.masak-masak.blogspot.com)