Occasionally, you find yourself hankering for something that it seems they only sell at one tiny corner store in the middle of nowhere and whether it’s toffee-apples or the banana-flavoured chappies, when you find it sold somewhere, you grab entire armfuls and metaphorically stock up for the winter. Considering the assumption that no meal is complete without meat and that vegetarians eat nothing but lettuce leaves, when you find a place that sells good vegetarian food, it’s a natural instinct to want to pile up a mountainous plateful. Give in to the urge and pay R32.50 for a vegetarian buffet at Fruits and Roots.
Serving up the best that Mother Nature has to offer since 1985, Fruits and Roots has long been the gathering place of food-conscious friends, sceptics of the wholefood way and fans of a light and simplistic atmosphere. Flowing out into a light and open courtyard, the store is situated in the quaint Hobart Centre right in the heart of Bryanston and unlike other restaurants that serve up a few arbitrary vegetables as a concession, cuisine for the herbivores and herbivoyeurs is the sum total of their delicious menu.
Many of the foods at the buffet are fully vegan, and many others are wheat and gluten free; they’re also the freshest and tastiest thing since deep-fried bacon strips*. While you bask in the raw energy of the cheerful restaurant proper, take a few calming breaths while you eyeball the selection of tasty treats on offer at the buffet and try to figure out the exact geometry for a towering food pyramid that won’t collapse before you reach your table. You might need to scribble a detailed schematic of your plate, ensuring you have room for all the miscellaneous salads, quiches and curries, bakes and soups and lasagnes. It’s not often there’s more than three or four items on the vegetarian menu at any given restaurant so when faced with a selection wider than the brim of a very large sombrero, it’s important to metaphorically grab handfuls.
Whether you’ve got a yen for properly prepared vegetable lasagne or you need to convince a friend that not everything needs to contain beef, Fruits and Roots is the tastiest place to do it.
Wheat-free Fact: The Hotel in the Clouds, a restaurant in Nebraska offers a unique take on healthy dining. Instead of tables, the restaurant features thirty small vegetable gardens, and diners sit around these patches of earth and pick their own produce.