Do you want to treat your vegetarian mum and vegan aunt to a delectable brunch this Mother's Day, but have no idea which restaurants cater to them? Don't fret — over the years, reputable vegetarian and vegan spots have opened across the country; even traditional meat eaters may be surprised at how good they are.
A few of these spots are highlighted here:
1. Leafy Greens, Johannesburg
The vegan and vegetarian restaurant uses fresh organic produce in plant-based meals and juice cleanses. No dairy, gluten or refined sugars are used. On selected days, including Sunday, they have a farm-fresh buffet.
2. Free Food, Johannesburg
Treat your mum to brunch at this intimate spot in Birnam that offers vegan, gluten-free, wheat-free sugar-free, preservative-free and dairy-free food.
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3. The Hungry Herbivore, Cape Town
The Hungry Herbivore is a 100 percent vegan restaurant and snack manufacturer. They also make raw vegan desserts.
We are OPEN on Sundays from 9am - 3pm with a special brunch menu😉🌱— The Hungry Herbivore (@thehungry_h) May 6, 2018
💥Featured yums💥: Full Herbivore's Breakfast with BBQ basted v-bacon , tofu scramble, sauteed mushrooms, pan roasted tomato and ciabatta toast 😋 #sundaymotivation#vegan#CapeTownpic.twitter.com/Dh15KrefR4
💥Loaded Sweet potato fries with v-bacon, cashew cream cheese, caramelized onion and spicy mayo🍠🍟— The Hungry Herbivore (@thehungry_h) May 3, 2018
💥Chick-un wings with a peri-peri dip or cashew cream cheese dip#vegan#meatlessmay#veganchicken#dairyfree#foodporn#instaeatscapetown#firstthursday#capetown#southafricapic.twitter.com/7OEvZjJHfB
4. Col'Cacchio, Johannesburg
If pizza is your mum's fave, then this Italian pizzeria chain with various branches across the country may be the answer. It offers carb-conscious pizza alternatives and plenty of vegan options.
5. Honest Chocolate Cafe, Cape Town
The café in Wale Street in the CBD sells raw-cacao treats, as well as selection of wholesome savoury dishes, cakes, pastries and tarts. All chocolate slabs and truffles are 100 percent vegan, and 60 percent of the chocolate baked goodies are vegan, too.
Some Monday motivation? Eating these as your lunchtime treat😍Our 72% truffles: skull, macadamia cup, raw honey, orange&orig pictured here🍫 pic.twitter.com/luwlExZjOn— Honest Chocolate (@HonestChoc) January 29, 2018
6. The Conscious Cafe, Durban
The vegetarian and vegan café grows its own sprouts, and the owners are cultivating a "living garden" that is free of all pesticides, herbicides and artificial fertilisers.
7. Out To Lunch, Durban
Out To Lunch serves raw and "alkaline" vegan food that is wheat-free, sugar-free and dairy-free.