While KZN is brimming with pizza joints, gourmet burger gems and newly opened dessert cafés, there is also good choice of vibrant, healthy eateries ready to serve up a dose of goodness. From vegetarian and vegan food to spots using organic, seasonal and locally grown ingredients, here are five great healthy restaurants to try around Durban.
This is eatery offers a range of wholesome options for both vegans and meat-eaters with a selection of exciting and flavourful organic, unprocessed, plant-based dishes as well as dishes that are wheat-, gluten-, yeast-, soy- and nut-free. The seasonal menu offers options such as mezze platters for two with hummus, slow-roasted onions, jalapeño olives and broccoli crutidés; salads like the rainbow carpaccio with beetroot, zucchini and peppers; and hearty mains like the chilli no con carne with herb infused mash potato that’s topped with a cassoulet of black beans, sofrito and mushrooms.
The offering at this pretty café is an abundance of wholesome and seriously Instagrammable food. While you’ll still find some comforting favourites on the harvest table, the healthy options are just as tempting. Breakfast might feature gluten-free flapjacks or bright smoothie bowls, while lunches could include satisfying bowls of Moroccan quinoa and falafels, or sweet potato gnocchi with spring peas and greens. End on puddings like the raw almond and cacao tart or gluten-free orange and olive oil cake. Wash it down with an Asian blooming tea or a freshly pressed juice.
The Digs Kitchen began in a student digs before becoming a mobile kitchen, takeaway hatch and now, finally, a full-fledged eatery at the old Lion Match Factory. The new spot is designed for daytime dining with an offering including all-day breakfasts, healthy lunches, and happy hour coffee specials. The menu features the likes of corn-and-zucchini fritters with salsa and smoked salmon; wholesome bowls filled with Asian-style chicken, lentils, or burrito salads; and rustic open sarmies made 100% rye bread or wholewheat potato-and-rosemary. There are also superfood lattes, Dilmah Teas and a coffee offering from KZN’s Terbodore Coffee.
Fans of all things healthy will know all about the wholesome eats at both La Lucia Mall and Umhlanga cafés. Perfect for nourishing on the go eats, or a nutritious sit down meal, the menu features high protein breakfasts; generously-filled sandwiches; filled salads, wraps and baked potatoes; and nutritious power bowls filled with everything from courgette noodles to bulgar wheat. Wash it down with cold pressed juices, kombucha, or delicious coffees by Father Coffee.
This café and yoga studio is dedicated to serving health-filled grub made with natural and organic ingredients. The menu has a nifty key to indicate dishes that are gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free, or a superfood. For breakfast, tuck into acai smoothie bowl with seasonal berries or the gluten-free almond waffles with banana and honey. The lunch menu features options like the super-grain curry bowl with quinoa, buckwheat, cabbage, macadamias, and a curry-coconut dressing; the wasabi tuna wrap with tuna, feta, pea shoots and wasabi mayo; or the zesty cauli-rice salad with hemp seeds, sprouts and a lemon-thyme dressing. Wash it down with a cold pressed juice of grapefruit and pine or a soy milk coffee. The team will be making a move to its new home in Flanders Mall, Mount Edgecombe this November.