If you are visiting South Africa for your vacations, here’s something important that you need to know provided you are a vegan or a vegetarian. South Africa is a country where life is sometimes not easy for those who are a vegan or a vegetarian. The restaurants in the country mostly offer fish and meat dishes. The imagery of sizzling barbeque and farm sausage or juicy boerewors comes to one’s mind whenever visiting a restaurant. However, vegans or vegetarians shouldn’t be disappointed either. Cape Town, a prominent city in the country, has few eateries where vegans or vegetarians can enjoy their favorite dishes. Here are some of the famous vegetarian restaurants worth visiting in Cape Town. These must visit restaurants include Vandiar’s Indian Cuisine, Sawadee, Dear Me and Cedar Restaurant. Let’s undertake a virtual tour of these restaurants and see what all they have to offer to their visitors.
Vandiar’s Indian Cuisine
The Vandiar’s Indian Cuisine restaurant opened only last year in Cape Town. The restaurant is owned by Invin Vandiar, who established it in February 2013. The restaurant is situated at 16 Barnett Street in Dunkley Square. Most of the dishes prepared here are Indian, particularly the delicious and spicy curries. The restaurant boasts of a wide array of meat-free starters on its menu. The dishes are quite delicious and freshly prepared. The Vandiar’s Indian Cuisine restaurant is a great favorite among local Durbanites.
The Sawadee is situated at 10–12 Rheede Street. It is owned by Chef Pon, a famous local restaurateur. The Sawadee is a popular vegetarian-friendly Thai restaurant and is considered to be among excellent Asian eateries in Cape Town. This open-plan kitchen is uses the freshest local ingredients to prepare the dishes. The menu option is extensive and includes sushi, Pad Thai noodles, Malaysian Laksa soup and curries. This elegant and stylish restaurant will leave its vegetarian visitors spoilt for choices. The Sawadee is open on Monday through Friday for lunch from 11 am to 3 pm, while it is open for dinner from Monday till Saturday from 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm.
Dear Me is a modern bistro situated at 165 Longmarket Street in the city centre. The visitors here are offered a wide choice of innovative seasonal dishes for both lunch and breakfast. The dishes here are prepared using fresh local ingredients procured from organic farms. The chefs at this bistro will prepare the dish you have ordered right before your eyes. The café is frequently visited by the local vegans and vegetarians. Those with special food needs such as lactose or gluten-free dishes are also catered to by Dear Me. If you want to complement your meals with wines, browse the impressive wine list here. After your meals, consider buying homemade delicacies for your loved ones from this café. Dear Me is open on Monday through Friday from 7 am to 11 am for breakfast, and from 12 pm to 3 pm for lunch.
The Cedar Restaurant is situated at 10 Rheede Street mall in Gardens area of the city. This small restaurant is renowned for serving traditional Lebanese dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. A wide range of vegetarian options are offered to the visitors here. You can also order for your favorite dishes prepared by the chef in the restaurant’s open-plan kitchen. The yummy shawarmas and other daily specials can be ordered for lunch. If you want to enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the restaurant, booking your table in advance is highly recommended. Hubbles as well as homemade teas are also available here. The Cedar Restaurant is open on Monday through Saturday for lunch from 11 am to 2 pm and for dinner from 5 pm to 9.30 pm.
Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant
The Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant is situated at 127 Lower Main Road in Observatory area of the city. The restaurant is renowned for its wide selection of popular Mexican dishes such as empanadas, burritos and fajitas. The restaurant caters to its vegans and vegetarians customers. Diners are offered mushroom fillings instead of beef or chicken. The restaurant is decorated in Mexican style. Strawberry margarita and frozen lemon are the favorite drinks ordered by most visitors. It is recommended that you should book your tables in advance for a delicious lunch or dinner at the Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant.