After seeing Earthlings and subsequently posting about vegetarianism, I’ve been very keen to do a post about vegetarian restaurants in Cape Town. However, it’s not quite that simple. There are very few restaurants which are vegetarian only, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I find that the restaurants which are fully vegetarian are also quite alternative and casual, I can’t believe that there are no vegetarians that want to eat at smart, trendy or modern restaurants. Also, a vegetarian can go to a normal restaurant with a bunch of people who are not vegetarians and select a vegetarian option, but non vegetarians won’t really want to go to a vegetarian restaurant.
I think that it’s more important for all restaurants or at least more restaurants to improve the quality of their vegetarian dishes and to increase the number of vegetarian options on the menu. I was having this discussion with the Chef at the cooking course I attended. He is in catering and he reckons that he always makes extra effort for the vegetarians because they are so appreciative. He’s so right, vegetarians are so used to being an after thought and made to feel like an inconvenience that when you make a little effort for them, they are very appreciative.
I remember a long time ago going for a meal at Bardeli in Kenilworth and someone ordered the 1 of 2 vegetarian options and when it came it was so delicious that we all wanted to try it and I secretly wished I had ordered that instead of my lasagne. You should have seen how pleased our little veggie friend was!
So, below I have listed some fully vegetarian restaurants which I know about and then I have listed restaurants which have a large vegetarian selection or their vegetarian options are of exceptional quality. I know there will be many more in each category and that is where you come in, my dear readers. If you know of a place, please post a comment about it and let’s accumulate a comprehensive list of vegetarian friendly restaurants.
Also, if there is a place which is particularly vegetarian unfriendly, ie. they have no vegetarian options or their vegetarian dishes are horrible, post a comment about them too.
Which restaurant in Cape Town has the best vegetarian options, genuinely exciting, interesting and tasty? Share your thoughts and experiences…
Mainly vegetarian restaurants:
Lola’s – 228 Long Street – 021 423 0885
Fields – CLOSED
Portobello Cafe – 111 Long Street – 021 426 1418
Krishna’s Cuisine – 37 Riverside Mall, Rondebosch – 021 794 3214
Tibetan Teahouse – 2 Harrington Road, Simonstown – 021 786 1544
Vegetarian friendly restaurants:
Addis in Cape – 41 Church Street – 021 424 5722
Annapurna – Canal Walk – 021 555 3595
Health Cafe – 161 Longmarket Street – 021 424 6560
Jewel of India – V&A Waterfront – 021 419 8397
Royale – 273 Long Street – 021 422 4536
Shambala – 134 Long Street
Vanilla Cafe – 117 Hatfield Street – 021 461 7868
Yindees – 22 Camps Street – 021 422 1012
Sage Organic Cafe – 117 Hatfield Street – 021 461 7868
Zuccinis – Loop Street – 021 424 8571
Mountainview Cafe – 171 Long Street – 021 423 1852
Maharaj Vegetarian Takeout – 6 Rondebosch Court, Fountain Square – 021 685 7891
Chandani - 85 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock – 021 447 7887
The deli at Africa Cafe – 108 Shortmarket St – (this has been taken over by Raw Food Religion and is now focused on organic & raw http://rawfoodreligion.blogspot.com/)