We all have our dietary requirements but vegans may have the noblest, if only because their search is more difficult. Vegans of Pretoria, search no more. These are the restaurants with offerings containing no animal meat or by-products.
Afroboer is a firm favourite in Pretoria and vegans aren’t expected to settle for only salads. The fried tofu with fermented beetroot, cashew-mayo and vegan seed bread is a delight. Of course, there is also a salad available filled with all kinds of good things. Beetroot, toasted almonds, fennel, smoked coconut and a spicy nut-mayo all add up to a delicious filling meal. They’re very accommodating to dietary requirements and will make changes to dishes if you ask. (Prices range from R75 to R110).
The vast menu here doesn’t just focus on eggy breakfasts and burgers. Vegans can look out for the ‘VG’ symbol on the menu and know that they’ll be looked after with some delicious plant-based dishes. Options include vegan French toast made with soy milk, mushroom duxelles and avo; a vegan board of falafel, mushrooms, olives, pestos, and crudité spinach wraps; a falafel pizza with beetroot, hummus, zucchini and butternut; and even a vegan three-nut curry with butternut, chickpeas and cashews in a creamy Thai coconut sauce with black rice.
La Coco C is known for its decadent bakes and fantastic breakfast options. It’s definitely the place to go if you want an awesome vegan breakfast or filling lunch. The açai bowl is a firm favourite among locals. They also have vegan pancakes and quinoa porridge for breakfast. For lunch, try the quinoa super-food bowl filled with vegetables, seeds and nuts, all served with beetroot hummus. The vegan burger bowl is another yummy option. A black bean burger is served with vegan cheddar, roast butternut, salsa, avocado with a green vinaigrette and a burger bun. Lastly, for chilly days, the Bangkok coconut curry with pineapple relish is a must-try. (Prices range from R59 to R86).
Situated in Wellness Warehouse in Brooklyn mall, Wellness Café serves a lunch buffet filled with healthy options, but there are many vegan options in their food-to-go fridge as well. Try the kimchi burger – a whole-wheat wrap filled with beetroot hummus, kimchi, a vegan burger patty and a whole range of fresh vegetables. The kale penne pasta is equally delicious and gluten-free to boot. They have a whole range of smoothie bowls and juices made-to-order.
Culture Club is known for its excellent tapas selection and there are plenty of vegan options on the menu. Choose from dips like hummus, and nibbles like marinated olives and pickled English cucumbers,. There’s also a veggie vegan bake, rustic sliced beetroot, chimichurri coleslaw, and steamed sugar snap peas with lemon vinaigrette. They also have daily specials on their boards, so be sure to ask the waitron to guide you with vegan choices. (Prices range from R20 to R65).
Indian restaurants always deliver excellent meatless options. Geet is no different. They have an incredible range of meat-free and vegan options, including an entire vegan menu filled with tantalising dishes. Try the aubergine and green chilli salan, an aromatic mix of aubergine, coconut and poppy seeds cooked in a curry sauce. Or go for the kabuli chaana masala, which is made with chickpeas flavoured with carom seeds and amchoor powder. Other options include crispy samoosas and a variety of vegetable-based curries. (Prices range from R45 to R130).