We begin with Plant, a vegan restaurant which came into being as a café in Bo-Kaap in 2013, and then moved to bigger premises with a wider and more gourmet menu that revolves around food with a mission.
Their mission is “part of ongoing commitment to make this world a little better, a little kinder”, and they do this by offering only cruelty-free plant-based foodstuffs and by actively donating to animal and human charities.
Have the Thai papaya bowl, consisting of finely chopped cabbage and red pepper soaked in lime juice with papaya, cashew nuts and avocado, served with a papaya-lime-coriander dressing.
Pair that with a Raspberry Collins, mixed with Bottings raspberry puree, vanilla Vodka, ice, fresh lemon and soda and you are in for a flavour treat that you won’t soon forget!
Nobody said you can’t be healthy and have a little fun!
Ethiopia is known for its coffee, but also its outstanding cuisine, centering around shared pots and dipping/holding bread, where the utensil becomes part of the meal.
The bread is called Injera and is a spongy bread, resembling a crepe or pancake which is traditionally made from Teff flour.
Have the Shiro Wot, a popular vegetarian stew, Shiro Wot is made from chickpea flour and simmered with garlic and onions in a berbere sauce (a combination of peppers, garlic, onion and other spices which are dried and ground into powder form, and used to spice many dishes). For your meat option, we suggest you try the Tibs, tender beef or lamb cubes sautéed and cooked with pepper and onion.
The food is rich, with deep and tantalizing flavor profiles, but it is also welcoming and tactile, obviously prepared with great love and care.
A cultural foodie extravaganza, The Africa Café brings you flavours from across the continent. Starting from humble beginnings, this venue has flourished over the past 15 years into the amazing kitchen it is today.
A standout dish was the Ethiopian Doro Wat, chicken thighs cooked in a rich
Berbere /paprika sauce. Also amazing was the Malawi Mwana wa Nkhosa Tender, a free-range lamb stew in a succulent, rich gravy.
Fifteen different African dishes are brought to your table simultaneously and you indulge in the “communal feast”, a truly outstanding experience!
There are great vegetarian options, and you can order individual dishes too, if that is to your preference.
We end the week on this gem. Chefs Warehouse & Canteen doesn’t accept bookings, and is a hotbed of culinary experimentation and training, with old hands passing on trade secrets to young whizzes with great ideas.
The Tapas for two menu consists of eight dishes. It generally contains two or three seafood dishes, with one or two vegetarian options and the rest is made up of poultry and meat.
Flavours are intended to be diverse, exciting and energetic. You may find interesting pairings that span the globe but avoid the tag of “fusion food”.
Every day the menu is different, with ideas being mapped out and prepped the night before. This ensures that on no two days you will be served the same fare. A restaurant for foodies and chefs, go, you will love it!
Charango serves up Peruvian delicacies on Bree street in the trendiest part of Cape Town. The menu ranges from street food to contemporary cuisine, all against the backdrop created by Cape Town’s own Faith47, a highly talented local muralist/artist.
With craft beer on tap to help you along, there are spicy and exciting items on the menu that will kick your taste buds into overdrive.
Try any of the ceviche’s and you will be more than pleasantly surprised. What stood out to us was the Tiradito, which is Peruvian dish similar to carpaccio, in a spicy sauce. Try the amazing seared beef Tiradito with quinoa salsa, chipotle mayo, chimichurri and green aji, you will keep coming back for more!
The venue is buzzing, and after a few amazing dishes and some great wine, so will your palate.
To stay true to our healthy and conscious eating theme, we needed to pop by Cape Town’s most lauded vegan restaurant, where according to their website: “We're all about bridging the gap between health and comfort food.”
The Hungry Herbivore does just that! We highly recommend that you try the THH Salad. A healthy portion of chopped greens, quinoa, red onion, sundried tomato, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and avocado with a Dijon vinaigrette.
This is a stunning little venue, easy on the eyes and a joy to dine in. A great place to begin your healthy transformation 😉
In a white-washed, clean and open space opposite Mama Africa on Long Street, Orchard on Long have made the healthy option so delicious, it’s impossible to resist.
Something that I didn’t know is that the way the juice is pressed defines how healthy it is, and how flavourful. Hydraulically cold pressed juices are prepared daily (nightly) and form the basis of the smoothies.
Orchard on Long elevate juicing and health cleansing to both an art form and a science, offering a variety of juicing regimes from novice to advanced.
For nibbles, go with the samurai rolls, which is delicious quinoa, marinated mushrooms, red pepper, cucumber, coriander, basil sunflower sprouts, sesame seeds and carrots. All this wrapped in rice paper rolls and served with organic peanut and ginseng sauce.
Healthy options can also be amazing opportunities to experiment with food outside of our usual repertoire.