Did you know?
The first Wimpy restaurant was opened to the public in Durban in 1967.
There was a time when vegetarians and vegans struggled to find meat-free options when eating out in South Africa, but with many popular chain restaurants now offering vegetarian options, diners have more choice than ever before.
Vegetarian-friendly chain restaurants are catering to the masses, which is good news for diners and businesses alike. Popular bistro Nino’s has always offered appealing meat-free choices, but they’ve taken it one step further with meat substitutes on the menu. A popular option is the Thai strips; ‘meaty’ strips prepared with chilli sauce, on a bed of fresh, crispy salad.
Both Steers and Wimpy fast food restaurant chains have long been a family favourite for South Africans craving burgers and fries. Vegetarians are catered for at both of these establishments, with tasty veggie patties available in place of meat burgers.
Chain store Kauai’s philosophy, ‘Eat better, live better’ is reflected in the nutritious menu that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Fresh, crunchy salads, wraps and sandwiches – all with several vegetarian options – give vegetarians a healthy option when on the run. Their healthy dairy-free juices are equally as delicious.
If it’s dinner or a special occasion, vegetarians can eat out with confidence at higher-end chain restaurants. Doppio Zero has a cool and casual atmosphere and the restaurant and bakery churns out fresh, tasty dishes like bruschetta, pizzas and pastas. For breakfast, trendy Vovo Telo whips up healthy, flavourful meals and popular artisanal breads and pastries.
Vegetarian fast food in South Africa is no longer restricted to greasy, tasteless veggie burgers and deep fried snacks. With the restaurant industry waking up to the growing trend of vegetarian and vegan diners, menus are constantly expanding and becoming more creative to cater to diners with specific dietary requirements.