8 healthy restaurants in Durban

Whether you’re resolving to eat your five a day in 2018, cut out something, or just reduce the impact your diet has on the planet, we’ve rounded up eight great restaurants which focus on healthy food in some form or other. Here’s where to eat a little bit healthier this year.

Chilliplum (Hillcrest)

This eatery offers a range of wholesome options for vegans and meat eaters, with a selection of exciting and flavourful organic, unprocessed, plant-based dishes as well as dishes that are free from wheat, gluten, yeast, soy and nuts. The seasonal menu offers options such as meze 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 mashed potato topped with a cassoulet of black beans, sofrito and mushrooms.

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Conscious Café (Hillcrest)

Located at the Castle on Main, this vegan eatery serves local, organic vegan and vegetarian food with the environment in mind, and you won’t find a plastic straw in sight. Go for an all-day breakfast with options like the Vegan Benedict, featuring a potato rösti topped with sautéed spinach, falafels and tahini sauce. Wraps and open sandwiches are all made in-house using non-GMO stoneground flour, and are filled with options like pea-and-basil pesto with avo slices; roasted veggies and creamy hummus; or the famed falafels with chopped salsa and home-made pickles. End on a vegan chocolate brownie.

Delish Sisters (Salt Rock)

This pretty café offers an abundance of wholesomeness. While you’ll still find some comforting favourites on the harvest table, the healthy options are what you’re here for. Breakfast might include blackberry-and-oat flapjacks or bright smoothie bowls, while lunches could include nectarine salad with sumac and basil yoghurt; avo, feta and pea salad with zingy granadilla and chilli dressing; 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 (Morningside)

This newish spot is designed for daytime dining with 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 with 100% rye or wholewheat potato-and-rosemary bread. There are also superfood lattes, Dilmah Teas and coffees from KZN’s Terbodore Coffee.

Earthmother Organic (Glenwood)

Vegan, organic and gluten-free options abound at this breakfast-and-lunch spot. Try one of the fresh fruit salads or raw oats bowls for breakfast, or head over for lunch and enjoy gluten-free spaghetti with vegan pesto, spicy beans with vegan nut cheese, or a vegan salad bowl with falafels and raw veg. There are also quesadillas filled with roasted veggies and beans, or olives, cherry tomatoes and vegan cheese. Refreshments include fresh juices and superfood smoothies made with the likes of banana, almonds, brazil nuts, coconut oil and raw cocoa. End off on a vegan granadilla cheesecake.

Nouriti (La Lucia and Umhlanga)

Fans of all things healthy will know about the wholesome eats at Nouriti in La Lucia Mall and Umhlanga. Perfect for nourishing on-the-go eats and nutritious sit-down meals, the menu features high protein breakfasts; generously filled sandwiches, salads, wraps and baked potatoes; build-your-own fitness meals; and nutritious power bowls comprising everything from courgette noodles to bulgar wheat. Wash it all down with cold-pressed juices, kombucha, or delicious coffees by Father Coffee.

Tree Natural Café (Ballito)

This café and yoga studio is dedicated to serving healthy grub made with natural and organic ingredients. The menu key indicates dishes that are gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free, or contain a superfood. For breakfast, tuck into a nutty chia pot with activated coconut chia, berry coulis and a nutty seed cream. The lunch menu features options like the super-grain curry bowl with quinoa, buckwheat, cabbage, macadamias and a curry-coconut dressing; or the pesto zucchini ‘pasta’ with raw zucchini noodles, kale pesto, broccoli, olives, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and pea shoots. Wash it down with a cold-pressed juice of grapefruit and pine or an almond milk coffee.

Wholesome with Out to Lunch (around Durban)

This mobile plant-based food bar can be spotted at markets and events around the city. There are also plans to open a café in the near future, but in the meantime you can catch them at the Shongweni Farmer’s Market every Saturday and the I Heart Market. What to order? Pulled jackfruit buns with guac slaw and jackfruit curry; Mediterranean meze bowls with dolmades, aubergines, falafels and hummus; protein-packed wraps with smoky refried quinoa and tomato rice; and raw Ferrero Rocher tarts for dessert.

Eat Out does not endorse any particular eating plan. We just want to help you find tasty food that helps you stick to your goals. Consult a doctor before making drastic diet changes.

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