{Review} Vegan Dining in Durban – Part 2

It feels like only yesterday when I blogged about my trip to Durban – and here I am at it again. This time around, Don & I skipped the bunny chows and opted for wholesome meals. We are both following Dr. Greger’s daily dozen program and so nutrition was our primary focus when dining together. That said, I did want to revisit a few of my favourite foodie hangouts in Durbs, and managed to add one more to the list:

Chilliplum:
This gastronomical gourmet vegan restaurant turned 1 on Friday, 8 July, and so Don, Mandy (Fry’s social media manager) and I met up with two Miss Earth finalists for celebratory snacks. Mireesha Narsai and Melissa Schreiber are both so lovely and inspirational – two humble, beautiful girls that wish to make a difference in the world. Please give them and their Mss Earth SA campaigns some support on Twitter and Instagram! Since we were on our way to a trampoline session, we just opted for a light snack – Don & I shared a portion of vegan sushi and mini soft tortillas with black bean chilli and slaw, topped with guacamole, vegan cream cheese, and fresh salsa.

Chilliplum vegan restaurant

Mugg & Bean:
Have you tried Mugg & Bean’s new coconut, carrot & ginger soup? Every vegan in town has been raving about this new green addition on their menu, but I’ve been reluctant to try it. I’m honestly just not a fan of ordering soups in restaurants, my dad makes killer veggie soups and so I see them as a waste of money (funny enough, I used to feel the same about steak…sis). As the Pavillion Shopping Centre was my office this time around, I decided to give this soup a go. Man, has Mugg&Bean done well! This sweet and spicy soup has super salivating status. The sourdough slices soak up its creamy comfort with each dunk. I take back what I proclaimed about soups – this one was every penny’s worth!

Falafel Fundi:
We couldn’t resist the deep fried crunchiness of Falafel Fundi, and so after an hour of jumping around, Don and I treated ourselves to a little cheat meal. We were such fatties – we swapped the eggplant side in the Mediterranean platter for extra falafel balls AND ordered four more after finishing our platter. I’d love to know how they get their falafels fluffy on the inside. Guess we’ll just have to return for more until we solve this mouth-watering mystery.

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Earthmother:
Every time a new health cafe opens up around the corner, the world smiles a little brighter. Apparently, Earthmother isn’t that new, but when they moved to the busy Musgrave area, they became an instant it-spot. The restaurant shares their premise with a beautiful little boutique and a chiropractor. It also boasts a deli with farm-fresh veggies, super powders, and eco-friendly household products. We only popped in for a quick snack before our half-day spa session (thanks again babe) and so our 39-minute meal consisted of two smoothies and a shared falafel wrap. It was yummy, but they should do with Falafel Fundi’s balls.

Palki Restaurant:
For Green Monday, and my final night in Durban, Don and I popped into Palki for a hot date. Literally! We shared the most amazing starter I have ever had at an Indian eatery: Vegetarian Manchurian – an Indian Chinese recipe of deep fried cauliflower balls in a sweet, spicy & sticky sauce. For mains, we shared a chilli mushroom curry as well as a chickpea curry with a big bowl of basmati rice on the side.  Take a quick squiz at their menu over here.

Palki

I’ll be visiting Durban again mid-August. If you have any recommendations of where else to go, please do let me know!

Leo xx

{Review} Mugg & Bean

I have always been a big fan of the legendary Mugg & Bean. I am completely addicted to their Mocca Java and House Blend coffees and love the fact that I can get up and serve myself whenever I want to. Their food has always been pretty darn good as well – a big menu offering you massive portions of delicious meals. What made me even more impressed though is that they also have VEGAN options on the menu and that they are quite accommodative in swopping food items to suit my vegan needs. They also offer soya milk as a replacement for normal milk at no extra cost (although I love my coffee black and bitter).

Since I have turned vegan, I have gone to the Canal Walk branch twice. First up was breakfast: They didn’t have a vegan breakfast on the menu, but they were completely happy with me ordering the M&B OTG breakfast and swopping the egg and bacon for grilled brown mushrooms and fried banana. Nom nom nom!

- M&B OTG breakfast with a bit of a twist

– M&B OTG breakfast with a bit of a twist

The second time around, my mom and I went for lunch during the middle of a very busy shopping-Sunday. My mom & dad actually told me about a Thai pot pie dish on the Mugg & Bean menu that said VEGAN next to it and thus I was quite intrigued to find out what it was. It was delicious – that is what it was! It is called the Thai Squash Pie (R65.90) which can be found under the comfort food section of the menu. It is made from oven-roasted butternut, sweet potato and mushrooms which is simmered in a Thai curry coconut milk sauce and topped with a crispy coriander breadcrumb topping. Strangely, I had pocket-potatoes instead of sweet potato in my dish, but it didn’t bother me much. (I would perhaps have a little bit less of the breadcrumb topping though as I am not the biggest breadcrumb fan). You experience a blast of sweet, spicy, crispy and creamy all in one bite. And to top it off you get a big portion of a basic green salad on the side. I strongly recommend this dish to all vegan friends out there – I literally liked the last drop of sauce out the bowl using my fingers. Very classy of me I know!

- M&B Vegan Thai Squash Pie

– M&B Vegan Thai Squash Pie

While paging through the menu I also spotted a vegan Moroccan Butternut, chickpea and carrot soup (R37.90)which I will go back for in winter.  Warning, they offer a lot of vegetarian dishes which are all marked with a V – these are not vegan. Both vegan dished are marked VEGAN on the menu.

For more information, you can have a look at the Mugg & Bean menu online here and follow them on Facebook here. I really appreciate restaurant willing to help out a vegan in need. Thank you Mugg & Bean and keep up the good work, I will definitely be back soon!