In 2016, bowl food became the trend for healthy eaters around the globe. These round vessels are filled with everything from falafels with all the trimmings to vibrant smoothie bowls with seasonal fruits – and only require a fork or spoon to eat them. Now, local restaurants are trying their hand at this super simple yet incredibly satisfying way of serving food. Here are five great eateries in the Cape serving wholesome bowls.
Dear Me’s cleverly laid-out menu features a handful of trendy bowl options to try. For seafood fans, there’s the trout poké bowl with raw marinated trout, cold sushi rice, avo, pickled ginger and sesame, or the ochazuku bowl with sticky sushi rice, dashi and a matcha broth. Other choices include the falafel buddha bowl with butternut, brown rice and herb yoghurt or the indulgent churro bowl with white chocolate and vanilla ice cream.
Not only can you get your choice of burger patty in a bowl on a bed of greens, you can also opt for one of the build-your-own colourful salad bowls (R79). Firstly, choose your base of wild rocket, baby spinach or roasted lemon couscous. Then, choose your toppings and proteins from options like pulled chicken, roasted veggies, sprouts, roasted almonds, pickled mushrooms or pickled cucumber. Lastly, finish off your bowl with a dressing of lemon, Dijon or balsamic before diving in fork first.
Lunchtime at this beautiful café features health-loaded power bowls. These superfood-filled dishes include protein-rich grains, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, meats and cheeses. They also offer up a daily power bowl with different combinations that change daily.
Get your falafel bowl fix at this Middle Eastern favourite. Either pop in at the Sea Point branch, or head to the Oranjezicht City Farm Market in Granger Bay and order your portion while you peruse the stalls. The bowls are overflowing with all things fresh and delicious: crunchy homemade falafel balls, pickled carrots and beetroot, slow-cooked tomato-y brinjal, a fresh chopped salad, and a generous drizzling of hummus, tzatziki and tahini (R55).
This vibrant health eatery specialises in trends like live bowls, probiotics, kimchi, and kefir. Try organic bowl offerings such as kimchi-and-kraut salads, or build your own with fillings and toppings like alfalfa sprouts, savoury lentil or tempeh patties, biotic chilli, turmeric dressing, prune chutney, red-pepper kimchi pâté, curried or ginger beets, and a pasture-raised boiled egg with cultured mayo.