Did you know?
For every meal that is purchased at Leafy Greens, R1 goes toward feeding underprivileged children through the JAM Movement.
The Leafy Greens Café, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, shares premises with the popular upmarket Italian eatery, Casalinga, a regular weekend haunt for jaded Joburgers in need of some country living.
It serves raw food in particular and promotes vegan, vegetarian and organic eating. Produce is sourced from its organic farm, just beyond the kitchen door.
The main attraction of this vegetarian restaurant in Muldersdrift is its weekend raw-food buffet spread, which attracts health aficionados from all over Johannesburg and Pretoria.
The fare is all pretty much guilt-free – even the breads, chocolates and cheesecake come out of the oven wearing a gluten-free halo. Preservative-free beer comes from a local brewery up the road and the wines on offer are from organic wineries.
Diners – who come initially to try something new – return because their taste buds enjoy the experience of dishes like chilled gazpacho soup; nut meatloaf; spinach and cashew quiche on an almond base; avocado and mango salad; and spicy coleslaw with nut mayo.
The restaurant’s green, pick-me-up juice – a combo of organic leafy greens from the garden and freshly juiced apples – is a hit with the gym crowd. But mind you, so is almost anything on the menu, including the avocado and nut cream sandwich, the Jerusalem artichoke soup and the strawberry cheesecake and chocolate truffles.
Vegetarian restaurants in Johannesburg are concerned with carbon footprints, food-miles travelled and organic production. Leafy Greens Café champions all of these, yet strives to please a clientele that ranges from the indulgent to the abstemious.
It also has a wonderful shop where guests can buy all manner of health goods and vegan-friendly products – from food items that are preservative-, gluten- or wheat-free, to fresh produce, to literature on living a good vegan lifestye.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
The Leafy Greens Café & Shop
Tel: +27 (0)82 882 7300
How to get here
Make your way along Beyers Naude Drive towards Muldersdrift. Follow the signs to Casalinga restaurant.
Best time to visit
Leafy Greens is open from Wednesday to Sunday for lunch only and there is a health food shop on the premises.
Around the area
The area is popular with those who enjoy the outdoors; there are lovely hiking and bike trails, and horse riding is also popular. Maropeng and the Cradle of Humankind are nearby.
When travelling around South Africa, hiring your own vehicle gives you more options in terms of sightseeing.
What will it cost
Prices vary depending on menu choices, but Leafy Greens offers value-for-money, healthy dining.
Where to stay
There are numerous lovely B&Bs and guest houses in the Muldersdrift area.
What to eat
The raw-food buffet on offer during the weekends. Pigging out never felt and tasted this good.
The retail shop that is part of the Leafy Greens Café offers a world of healthy products that are yours for the taking.