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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The charming Victorian house is situated in popular Richmond Hill with a shady stoep, high ceilings, wooden floors and a bright interior.
Catching up with friends over lunch and grabbing an über-healthy meal.
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Port Elizabeth’s new kid on the block, The Kindred Kitchen, is situated in what has become Nelson Mandela Bay’s foodie capital - Richmond Hill. Quite fitting, considering The Kindred Kitchen is the first plant-based eatery to establish itself in the Bay and is fast becoming a favourite amongst locals.
The Kindred Kitchen is proving one scrumptious meal at a time that vegan food can not only be delicious, but good for the environment too.
The food at The Kindred Kitchen is beautifully bold in colour and creativity. The buckwheat-and-beetroot pancake for example, looks texturally like a traditional omelette, with the exception that it’s a deep purple colour and of course has no eggs in it. It is by no means a traditional pancake, but an earthy casing for the flavours hidden inside. The filling is a butterbean hummus with slow-cooked mushrooms, onions, rocket and sprouts. It’s perfectly balanced – savoury and sweet with just a hint of acidity.
Then there are the meals that look a little bit more like some traditional favourites, but of course with a twist. The zoodles and bean balls make you think of spaghetti and meatballs, but it’s certainly not as Nonna made it. The zucchini noodles are perfectly al dente with a well-balanced arrabiata sauce, bean-and-nut balls with a dukkha sprinkle and by far the best ciabatta in town. It’s a modern dish that’s lighter than its carnivorous cousin, yet surprisingly filling. The Kindred Kitchen is definitely worth a try, but it’s likely to split a room. If you follow a plant-based diet or you’re an open-minded adventurous foodie, you’ll love The Kindred Kitchen.
This is truly where The Kindred Kitchen shines – from their renowned smoothies to coffee roasted in the Wilderness forest and the wide variety of unusual lattes, mylks and shots.
The waiters are friendly, helpful and attentive. Warm and inviting smiles on arrival make for the perfect welcome. If you’re a newbie to plant-based food, just ask and you’ll be guided through the menu with great enthusiasm.
Even on a busy day, the restaurant seems to exude a special sense of calm. The décor is intentionally simple and rustic, with beautiful hanging macramé plants scattered across the ceiling. The pops of colour from the cushions that run along the wall bench bring a sense of fun to an otherwise gentle décor. Don’t hesitate to bring the kids along as there’s a gorgeous play area filled with toys, books and pillows. The deck around the restaurant looks onto the hustle and bustle of a busy intersection that lies between The Kindred Kitchen and Vovo Telo. On a beautiful, wind-free morning in Port Elizabeth, there’s no better place to be filling up on feel-good food and energy.
A catch up with an old friend or a family breakfast or lunch.
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