This buzzing little vegan café serves up tasty, wholesome plant-based food that has even meat-eaters convinced.
Topped with a melting ball of vegan ice cream, the pumpkin pie flapjacks exemplify the food at Scheckters: Though they look like a beloved morning treat, they’re spiked with some more nutritionally dense ingredients – and won’t leave you with a food hangover. And while the word ‘raw’ might be in the name might make Scheckter’s seem like an austere spot to eat, the notion of rawness is conceptual only – ‘clean eating’ might be a better moniker – if marginally less snappy.
If you can resist the beautiful flapjacks (there’s also a great matcha version), then the lunch menu is also demonstrably worth a try. The wonderfully nutty falafel balls with pink hummus make a great starter to share. Else progress directly to the magnificent ‘Best Vegan Burger’. Made with lentils, veggie protein, brown rice, oats and flax seed, Scheckter’s vegan patty is particularly flavourful and textured. Paired with smashed avo, caramelized onions, sweet potato fries and vegan aioli, it’s a magnificent thing, and looks the part too – with it’s black, charcoal-infused roll.
Also on offer: hot dogs, wraps, and a range of bowls, including a surprisingly tasty poke bowl with kimchi-infused short grain rice, smoky grilled tofu, sprouts, creamy avo, pickled ginger and smoked paprika.
Finish with a moreish ‘Twix bar’ – a clever recreation of the duo of chocolate covered sticks with a layer of dates in lieu of caramel that will almost trick your brain into thinking it’s having a chocolate bar. It’s one of several guilt-free, raw organic treats sweetened with low-gi organic coconut nectar and free from refined sugar, dairy, and gluten.
The golden latte with turmeric is a wonderful discovery: sweet, gingery and warming. Else there’s well-made organic, Peruvian-sourced coffee, and juices freshly extracted with a hydraulic press. The organic smoothies are a meal in themselves; particularly the thick, nutty Kashew King with cashews, almonds, dates, banana, organic mesquite, pea protein, vanilla, Himalayan salt and crushed ice.
Relaxed and efficient – though the flapjacks take a little longer to prepare.
Raw wood paneling sets the scene for a wholesome experience. On the weekends, it’s often buzzing.
A vegan feast, in your designer yoga pants.
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Scheckter’s is among the few spots in Cape Town where vegans, health nuts and foodies alike can find fare to rave about. Sweet or savoury, the menu offers up insanely scrumptious items. From the raw organic cacao and activated mesquite granola jar brimming with chocolatey goodness and swirls of salted caramel, to the aptly named BVB (Best Vegan Burger) accompanied with smashed avocado, caramelised onions and a side of moreish sweet potato fries.
The 100% vegan menu offers up great variety, and food so tasty one needn’t be into alternative living to enjoy what’s on offer. The high-protein hearty peanut butter quinoa porridge is a firm favourite, as well as the outlandish matcha flapjacks topped with strawberries, banana and coconut milk whipped cream.
Fresh cold-pressed juices are available in a handful of thirst-quenching flavours. Give a boost to your system with the Black Magic, made with activated charcoal, apple, lemon and alkaline water, or invigorate the senses with the criminally crimson Beet Boxer, made with beetroot, aloe vera, cucumber, green apple and mint. The Snickers is heaven in all its nutty goodness, though really each smoothie is legendary and could serve as a small meal.
The waiters are friendly and go about their business with a certain amount of charming ease but, at peak times, preparation times and consistency can often be an issue.
A stripped-down look akin to a Balinese seaside shala – wooden details and succulents give the space a type of earthiness. The vibe can be a little raucous at times but, generally, the Jamaican beats and general perkiness of Scheckter's is quite fun and uplifting.
Be sure to give the (almost) guilt free raw organic treats a try. Those with a sweet tooth are bound to develop an healthy addiction!
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