Best Vegan Restaurant in Cape Town

Plant Cafe Cape Town Vegan Restaurant

And now on the list of best vegan restaurants in the world!

While we are always delighted and humbled to be included on the vegetarian and vegan lists of ‘best places to eat in Cape Town or South Africa’, like for example the reviews/list mentioned below:

We cannot lie, we were and still are, absolutely elated to find out Plant has been included in the list of top 18 vegan restaurants in the world! Wow! Thank you to the UK Standard for the inclusion and thank you to the Capetonians and Internationals for your support (even when we have not delivered to world-class standards)

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So chuffed. And a big shout out to the Plant team and all the ones gone before that have contributed to this success!

Don’t forget you can now OrderIn, the Plant menu is available online:

https://orderin.co.za/order-online/PlantCafeCapeTown

And yes we are available on the Mr Delivery / MrD online App as well

So next time you can’t get out of the office or enjoy a lazy time at home, just order online and they will deliver to you.

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Eat The Cover, It’s So Good, You Can!

eat-the-cover-finalPlant was excited when recently asked to participate the in Food & Home Ent Magazine Eat-The-Cover promotion.

The November issue of F&H entertaining features the juicy Cannellini Bean and Courgette Burger with roasted cashew mayo, pickled beetroot and shaved carrot, on the cover. Not only can you learn how to make this delicious and healthy burger at home, but from 10 October to 30 November you can have it served to you when visiting Plant.

Food & Home Ent magazine does a EAT THE COVER every month where they feature three restaurants on a monthly basis (different restaurant each month). The F&H team decides on the dish and creates the recipe, the chef at each of the participating restaurants then prepares this dish and serves it at the restaurant for the month. F&H features the restaurant and chef in that specific issue and readers know they can visit the restaurant for the special dish over the promotional period.

Here is the recipe, courtesy of F&H, if you’d like to make it at home…

Cannellini Bean and Courgette Burger Recipe

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Recipe and styling by CLAIRE FERRANDI Assisted by NOMVUSELELO MNCUBE Photograph by DYLAN SWART

Packed with full, zesty flavours, these veggie-packed burgers will delight even the staunchest of carnivores. If you want to get ahead a little, make your pickled beetroot, burger patties and cashew mayo a day ahead, and simply store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve your burgers. Make an extra batch of the cashew mayo to keep in your fridge (it’ll last about a week) – you’ll want to add it to everything you eat!

Serves three- A LITTLE EFFORT 1hr 15mins

THE FLAVOUR COMBINATIONS
BURGER PATTIES

  • 1 x 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) vegan green pesto (such as Green Mamba Coriander & Jalapeno Pesto – available at faithful-to-nature.co.za)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 50g panko breadcrumbs
  • 500g baby marrow, finely grated and squeezed to remove excess water
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • olive oil, to fry
  • 1 lemon, halved

PICKLED BEETROOT

  • 3 beetroots
  • 80ml (⅓ cup) white malt vinegar
  • 50g sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1,25ml (¼ tsp) salt
  • 2,5ml (½ tsp) cumin seeds
  • 2,5ml (½ tsp) coriander seeds
  • 2,5ml (½ tsp) fennel seeds

CASHEW MAYO

  • 100g roasted and salted cashews, soaked for 10 minutes and water discarded
  • 90ml water
  • 80ml ⅓ cup) olive oil
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) Dijon mustard
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 10ml (2 tsp) white vinegar

TO SERVE
Three vegan burger buns, sliced in half and toasted lettuce leaves carrot ribbons, tossed in a little olive oil micro basil leaves

HOW TO DO IT

  1. For the burger patties, add all of the ingredients, except the baby marrows, seasoning, olive oil and lemon, to a blender. Blitz until smooth, then stir through the grated baby marrow. Taste the mixture, and season well.
  2. Carefully shape the mixture into 3 large patties the size of your burger buns, compacting the mixture as you go. Place on a lined tray and refrigerate to firm up, at least 30 minutes.
  3. While the burger patties chill, make the pickled beetroot by adding the beetroot to a pot of water. Bring to a boil, about 20 minutes until the beetroots are tender. Remove from boiling water and rinse under cold water, before scraping off the skins. Slice the beetroots into thin discs.
  4. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small pot and bring the pickling mixture to a boil. Add the beetroot discs and simmer, 5 minutes, before removing from heat. Chill the beetroots and pickling liquid.
  5. For the vegan cashew mayo, combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blitz until a mayonnaise consistency remains, season to taste and set aside until needed.
  6. Just before serving, heat a little olive oil in a pan over medium heat and fry the burger patties in batches (handle them gently as they are fairly fragile), 5 minutes per side. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to each burger patty.
  7. To assemble the burgers, spread a generous dollop of mayo over the base of each burger bun. Top with lettuce, a burger patty, pickled beetroot, carrot ribbons and micro basil leaves before popping the “lid” on the burger and enjoying.

Now you know how to make but if you don’t have and hour and a half to prepare it or all the ingredients, come visit before 30 November and we will serve it to you within 15-20min.

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Quote:

“Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing non-violence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable”
Gary L. Francione

Cape Town is Fast Becoming a Hub for the Vegan & Vegetarian Gourmand

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In February 2014 we opened the doors to our humble Café in Bo-Kaap. Now two and half years later we have a full-service restaurant in the heart of Cape Town; a new Plant Café in Observatory, plus we are developing our own Plant deli line of #deliciouslyconscious goodies for you to take home and enjoy. Things have moved on. As happy as we are with our growth over this time, we are even more delighted to see the general growth of vegetarian and vegan restaurants and cafes in Cape Town. How wonderful that we finally have options?

Recently The Inside Guide ran an article on on the Best Vegan and Vegetarian restaurant in Cape Town, of course we are happy to have made the list but we are happier to see so many others on the list… You should set yourself a challenge to visit them all before the end of 2016. To keep them alive and to keep this sector growing, you need to support them with your wallet and your mouth.

Here is the full list: The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Cape Town

Good luck. Enjoy the challenge. Happy eating!

Plant Rated As One Of World’s Best Vegan Restaurants

THE WORLD’S BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS

We are proud to announce that Plant Restaurant has been rated as one of the world’s best vegetarian and vegan restaurants by American Express Essentials. Review below:

“GREEN CUISINE: THE WORLD’S BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS Plant, Cape Town, South Africa: Cape Town and the adjacent Winelands are known as a foodie destination and, thanks to farm-to-table restaurants with their own kitchen gardens, there’s usually a vegetarian choice on the menu. If you prefer an entirely animal-free dining experience, Plant offers up just that: plants, in a dizzying array of fresh and healthy dishes. plantcafe.co.za”

Click here for full list

Plant Reviews at Heyvegetarian

Thank you Africa for the support, we love feeding you delicious #PlantStrong food.

Some of the latest reviews:

Lauren Frank 2015-11-13

Finally got to visit this evening for my birthday and it was even better than i thought it would be. Love the vibe, food and service was good! 

Aidan Walsh 2015-11-07

Omg! I was blown away by the venue and the menu! I’ll be back to try out everything ♡♡♡

Tracy Thatcher 2015-11-06

An absolutely awesome place. Have been wanting to go there for ages. Finally got there today and it was definitely worth the wait. I will be …

For the full list of reviews go to:

Heyvegetarian.co.za

Plant Review in Cape Town’s Darling

Recent review by Candice from Cape Town’s Darling:

This trendy little spot is conveniently situated on the corner of Buiten and Loop Streets. This 100 per cent vegan eatery serves up healthy and delicious plant-based grub. Their all-natural, flavourful smoothies (all R40) are irresistible – I especially love the Mint Choc-Chip smoothie, which is a blend of rice milk, mint, spinach, banana, cocoa chips, protein mix and ice. Yum! Their Quinoa Salad (R39) and Mushroom Burger (R55) are great, too. What’s more is they even make their own vegan-friendly mayo, cheeses and tempeh bacon!

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Another Review: Lunch at Plant, Cape Town’s new vegan restaurant

Plant Restaurant Review

Recent review by John & Lynne Ford:

Vegans may now celebrate. Plant is here Vegans and vegetarians get very short shrift in South Africa. There are even some who regard chicken as a vegetable in this meat obsessed country. And selections for them in most restaurants are abysmal. A salad or a plate of steamed vegetables are all they are usually offered. Today we were invited to Plant restaurant and served a selection of totally vegan food, full of flavour, spice, texture and enjoyment.

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Entering Vegan Territory At Plant

Recent article by Jade Taylor Cooke

 If you’re anything like me, you have a mealtime internal monologue that goes something like this: ‘I know I should eat something green and leafy for a change but you know what? It’s cold/Friday/Monday/insert excuse here, and that triple-bacon, extra-cheese ciabatta seems like a far preferable option. I’ll start being healthy when it’s warmer/Monday/insert random deadline here.’ …

Click here for the full article