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Review: Port Elizabeth’s Kindred Kitchen is vegan heaven

The Kindred Kitchen is Port Elizabeth’s first plant-based restaurant, but it doesn’t let its meat-free philosophy get in the way of serving up affordable and utterly delicious meals.

Fast Facts

Food type: Modern and wholesome, plant-based, café fare
Cost: R75 average main meal
Parking: On the street
Star ratings: Food and drinks: 5; Service: 4; Ambience: 4

Food

The menu brims with tempting options, featuring dishes like tropical smoothie bowls and crispy tofu with soy-sesame dipping sauce. Then there’s also a collection of American diner classics such as banana-bread flapjacks (R70) and a fully loaded burrito with smoky black beans (R85). Even non-vegans will find it tough to pick just one dish.

 

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Presentation is fantastic, even when it comes to something like the raw cacao and nut bowl (R70), which is made with almond milk. The creamy, chocolatey banana heaven is complemented by a topping of toasted nuts and seeds. The portion is substantial, proving excellent value for money. Meanwhile, the nori bowl (R80) features a collection of fresh Japanese sushi-inspired flavours and textures. It’s so brightly coloured and layered that you won’t even miss the salmon. The crispy tofu fingers are sublime with the soy dipping sauce, and the creamy avo fills in admirably for Japanese mayo.

There’s a selection of baked goods at the coffee bar if you’re just passing through, and the menu offers some afternoon snacks – like sweet potato chips with house-made smoked aïoli (R20) – if you’re just looking for something to nibble on.

 

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No dish feels as if it’s missing something. Kindred Kitchen makes for an effortless way to fit in a meat-free Monday (or any day of the week!) without feeling as if you’re sacrificing on flavour.

Drinks

The barista-crafted coffee is good and cow’s milk is available on request. The drinks menu ranges from an invigorating and delicious lemon, mint, ginger and honey slushy (R30) to house-made iced teas and kombucha. The berry-and-hibiscus iced tea (R20) is refreshing and not too sweet.

Service

Very friendly.

Ambience

The charming Victorian house is situated in popular Richmond Hill with a shady stoep, high ceilings, wooden floors and a bright interior.

The charming decor at The Kindred Kitchen. Photo by Katy Rose.

Best for…

Catching up with friends over lunch and grabbing an über-healthy meal.

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