Her Harvest

2 Reviews
Country-style fare, Vegan food
Phone Number 0210085223 Opening Hours

Fridays 12noon to 5pm; Saturday to Sunday 9am to 5pm

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R65 avg main meal
Country-style fare, Vegan food
R65 avg main meal
Groups, Quick meals, Views
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Accepts credit cards, Breakfast, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food

Critic's review

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Amelia Brown

Carnivores prepare to be converted or at least to have your perceptions of vegan food overhauled. At Her Harvest you’re in for a hearty farm breakfast of plant-based ingredients sourced locally or from the farm itself that’s devoid of eggs and dairy – and yet you won’t miss them at all.

Rather than replacing traditional breakfast regulars with vegetarian/vegan alternatives – which very often makes their absence more obvious – these dishes, created by Clare and plant-based chef Nathalie Larsen, are perfectly conceived and flavourful in their own right and, as a result, beyond comparison. The avocado, chimichurri and scrambled chickpea tofu – one of the five open-faced toast options served on 100% Danish rye, buckwheat and rosemary, or sourdough millet and sorghum bread – neither resembles tofu like you know it nor traditional scrambled eggs. Served on two pieces of toast with a sauerkraut sprout salad on the side, it’s a salty, savoury, umami, utterly satisfying breakfast. For those in search of something sweeter, the open-toast option with banana and nut butter or the buckwheat crepes allow you to try the Her Harvest choc-hazelnut spread. There’s also a made-on-site granola or photogenic smoothie bowl served with seasonal fruit and edible flowers.

For lunch, try the crustless quiche, a vegan alchemy of oat cream cheese set in a chickpea custard and served with a probiotic salad, or the daily tasting platter that allows you to sample a selection of Her Harvest fare that is available in the farm shop. If you have room – portions are generous and the flavours and ingredients are concentrated – finish your meal with a chocolate brownie and a scoop of salted coconut and wild honey ice cream, one of a choice of three flavours.

More like a liquid dessert, the Chocolate Mylk will leave a satisfying chocolaty moustache on your top lip: The slightly bitter cacao powder is smoothed with vanilla, sweetened with coconut nectar, offset with a dash salt that gives it a hint of salted-caramel flavour, and blended with nut mylk into a thick, rich and creamy drink that will have you tempted to use your finger to get the dregs out of the mug. For brunch it’s fantastic pimped with a shot of espresso. The Golden Latte – a blend of turmeric, honey, coconut oil and warm nut mylk – is given a kick with black pepper and ginger paste. In addition to coffee and organic herbal teas, there are cold-pressed juices, smoothies, kombucha and ginger beer. Look out for the Lassi smoothie with coconut yoghurt and oat milk. If you regularly request dairy alternatives in your coffee and are familiar with the sting of the almond milk tax, you’ll be pleased to note that coffee prices are pretty standard (R22-R25). And if you’ve been wine tasting and are keen to sample some of Elgin Valley’s finest vino over lunch, it’s BYO.

A small team of friendly staff makes you feel welcome. The rural pace is predictably unhurried, but the service and kitchen are efficient. The farm shop is open from Wednesday to Sunday and the café is open Saturday and Sunday 9am – 3pm. Her Harvest accepts credit cards and SnapScan, but no cash.

Her Harvest’s setting offers a charming snapshot of the verdant Elgin idyll where the air is pure, the trees are dripping with apples, and cheerful chickens roam free – the perfect foil to experience the food philosophy. While away the hours under the trees or, if the weather is bad, in one of the converted barn buildings. The unadorned, white-washed interiors are punctured with windows that frame lush pastoral views and let in the clearest country light – ideal for taking photos of the food that looks as vibrant as it tastes. Modest tables dressed with white table cloths and farm flowers are once again unintentionally picture perfect.

Best for…
Lazy weekend brunch with friends.

(February 2019)

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2 Reviews
    It was our 4 year anniversary 2 weeks ago and I was on the search for a restaurant outside of Cape Town in the Elgin area. It took some digging to find Her Harvest, but boy am I glad we did. It's almost too good to be true! As foodies who are lactose-intolerant and mostly vegetarian, it was heaven for us. We didn't have to add of remove anything from the meals. They were perfect just as they were, and absolutely delicious, especially the Dahl Bowl! For a plant-based, farm to table restaurant, I thought the food was very affordable as well! We had the restaurant all to ourselves that Sunday which was perfect for our occasion, but I felt it was a pity that more people weren't there to experience the great cuisine and atmosphere that Her Harvest has to offer. Hopefully next time we will see you there seated next to us!

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