Shayona vegetarian restaurant, Johannesburg
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Jain vegetarians do not eat any root vegetables, so no potatoes, onions or garlic are permissible in the Jain diet.
Shayona vegetarian restaurant in Mayfair has become a firm favourite simply through word of mouth. The locals love it, and if you visit on a Saturday or Sunday during lunch you are sure to see packed tables, and lots of families mixed in with health-conscious foodie types.
This friendly establishment is unique in that it offers Indian cuisine as well as a fusion of Indo-Italian pastas and pizzas. So, how about adding some paneer (Indian home-made cheese) to that pizza?
Shayona is part of a growing number of vegetarian restaurants in Johannesburg, in keeping with global and local trends. It offers a delicious (and karma-friendly) dining experience. Its menu is strictly vegetarian and no onions or garlic are added to the food (in adherence to religious beliefs).
The menu is broad and the Italian touch certainly adds a fun element. The dishes offer a careful mix of spices, an array of choices and unusual veggie mash-ups.
For instance, paneer and mushrooms are paired together in a dosa (pancake), the mung dhal (lentil) samoosas are tasty, the crushed nachos on the Sombrero pizza are unusual, and the potato curry is a winner.
Thalis (Hindi word meaning 'plate') are served and contain varied curries, roti, rice, dhal/khadi and poppadums – an entirely satisfying Indian meal on a single plate! Be sure to find out what curries have been prepared on the day because they vary depending on the vegetables in season.
The sweetmeats (confectionaries), charmingly displayed in a long, rectangular enclosure as you enter the premises, are also excellent.
The restaurant is easy, relaxed and laid back, with a lively hum at all times. It is conveniently located close to popular Johannesburg tourist attractions such as the Apartheid Museum and the Gold Reef City Theme Park.
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Tel: +27 (0)11 837 2407