Step aside, Mugg & Bean! There’s a new breakfast spot in town, and it’s shot right up to the top of our list. Lexi’s Healthy Eatery in Cape Town’s Sea Point offers a massive range of delights to start your day – and the best part is they’re all completely vegan- friendly, and gluten free!
where: 85A Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005
when: Monday – Saturday: 08:00 – 20:00, Sunday: 08:00 – 16:00
Lexi’s can be found on one of Seapoint’s busiest streets, and serves as something of an oasis from the noisy world outside of its doors. (They also have branches in Sandton, Modderfontein, Rosebank and Hazelwood, for those out of towners). Its clean, contemporary decor is complemented by an abundance of indoor plants, which transport visitors to a destination that wouldn’t feel out of place in somewhere like Bali. The simplistic elegance of the entire scene makes it a great spot for a date, a meeting, or a catch-up with friends.
Its menu, too, has something for everyone. They leave no stone unturned and cover a range of cuisines – from waffles, to burgers, to “Mulan’s noddles” – guaranteed to satisfy anyone at any time of the day. And the best part? The majority of their menu items are plant-based and gluten free.
Basically, they do what “normal” cafe’s do, but in reverse. Instead of the vegan at the table being the one who has to ask the waiter customise their meal (by removing feta cheese, or paying extra for a dairy-free milk alternative) , the onus is on those who want meat or dairy to ask for additions to theirs. There are a handful of items offering meat or fish, but they are few and far between, and are marked by a key the same way vegan or gluten free options are in most restaurants. The same goes for those items that do come along with gluten or refined sugar.
“We’ve added a free-range meat and fish option to our menu to accommodate those flexitarians out there – not everyone’s journey is the same.” Lexi’s Eatery writes on their website. “We’re not perfect, but we believe we’re successfully taking and encouraging others to take the steps towards a healthier, sustainable, cruelty-free life.”
This is the first time I’ve seen a restaurant or eatery taking steps to help visitors along their ethical dining journey by providing something in-between what most places look like now, and what is, surely, the future of food. At Lexi’s Eatery, they’ve found the perfect balance – a place that can make everybody happy no matter their dietary preferences or restrictions.
I’ll definitely be going back to this culinary utopia as soon as I can, and I can’t wait until more places have caught up with the sustainable dining model that Lexi’s Eatery promotes.