Plant-based meat substitutes are growing from strength to strength in recent years as restaurants embrace consumer demand for healthier, more sustainable options. Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger™ debuted late last year to limited outlets in the Mother City, instantly asserting Cape Town as a global foodie capital
Fast-forward a few months, after some headline-grabbing triumphs, the burger’s takeover now seems unstoppable. So if you’re a vegan, vegetarian, health-conscious or just bored with your standard cheeseburger smasher, Benn van der Westhuizen got a list of must-see venues where you can try the Beyond Burger™.
What is the Beyond Burger™?
Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger™, distributed in South Africa by Infinite Foods, is touted as the world’s first plant-based burger to effectively replicate the meaty taste, texture and appearance of a beef burger. It contains less saturated fat and is free from soy, GMOs and gluten. This game-changer was developed to court both vegans and carnivores in a bid for a more sustainable lifestyle. The burger is fused with quality nutrients and key ingredients such as pea protein isolate, coconut oil, and beetroot which helps with the ‘bleed’-like fascination which surrounds the burger. And it doesn’t end there. Beyond Meat™’s team are continuously improving the recipe and the latest development is a more ‘marbled fat’ looking burger which will brown easier, and taste even more like meat. We’ll keep you posted once the South African rollout of this version is confirmed.
Where to find the Beyond Burger™
As Beyond Burger™’s first national partner, Woolworths Cafe is keeping their patrons ahead of the foodie curve. The burger can be tried at any of their cafe branches across the city. And with the company’s dedication to fresh healthy café food in mind, the pairing fits like a glove. Woolworths Cafe is generally well-known as being the perfect pit-stop after a shopping session, or a hideout for shop-phobic companions.
Woolworths also gives city slickers the opportunity to skip the avo toast for a new and nutritious lunch option at NowNow, their cool takeout joint in Longmarket Street, Old Mutual Park in Pinelands and the Silo district. The small eatery serves up affordable, fresh and takeaway meals during weekdays. Orders can be placed for pick-up via the NowNow app (available on iOS and Google Play)
Address: 91 Longmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre
No burger-obsessed Capetonian worth their salt would need any introduction to Hudson’s Burger Joint. And now the iconic American-style diner famed for their unfussed atmosphere and bubbly waitresses are taking their reputation to another level with their own twist to the Beyond Burger™, cryptically called The Houdini Burger. Vegan Mozzarella, Vacon, mustard, pickles and tomato are layered on a grilled Beyond Burger™ patty for a burger which tastes as neat as it looks. The Houdini burger is available at the Gardens, Claremont, Greenpoint and Stellenbosch branches.
THE BREWERY@Hemel-en-Aarde, a newbie on Cape Town’s craft beer block, is situated in the scenic and jaw-droppingly picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. While their beers are certainly top-notch and slowly building up a decent following among local fundis, it is their restaurant and taproom which reign supreme. Don’t leave without trying their take on the Beyond Burger™ but paired with the brewery’s signature Lager which boasts a light lemon touch and faint floral aroma.
The mood at the restaurant is quirky and quaint, decorated with original art pieces by local artists. THE BREWERY@Hemel-en-Aarde is a family-friendly outpost (a special menu and play area for kids are also on offer) and regularly host live music events and brewery tours. So if you’ve run out of ideas on how to spend your winter weekend in the Overberg, this brewery comes highly recommended.
Address: Unit 5, Village Lane Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus
A stalwart on Cape Town’s gastropub scene, Si Cantina Sociale is one of the Silo district’s best-kept secrets. The decor mood is retro-glam and cosy, making it ideal for before or after your Zeitz Mocaa excursion or just for a hot date night. This swishy upmarket hotspot adds an uber-chic edge to their menu with gourmet tapas, fresh seafood, and a finely tuned conscience-free vegan selection which now includes the juicy Beyond Burger™. They’ve kept the presentation of the burger in line with the classy laurels by resting on a toasted brioche bun instead.
Address: 5A1, Silo District, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Cowboys & Cooks Steakhouse is everything you would expect when two of Cape Town’s leading food and hospitality players join forces. Founders Michael Townsend and Stuart Bailey drew from their successes at Harbour House and The Hussar Grill to present this new Sunset Beach dining indulgence. And with supreme cuts on the menu, an attractive price point, and an old-moneyed charm, it’s off to a cracking start.
So how does would Beyond Burger™ factor into all this? The brand strives not only to provide vegans with a solid option but also persuade average meat-eaters to opt for a healthier and guilt-free alternative.
Address: Ocean Square, 4 Ocean Way, Sunset Beach, Cape Town
Tel: 021 879 1923 | Website: cowboysandcooks.com
The Red Herring Restaurant is one of Noordhoek’s highlights, and well worth the trip for urbanites looking to escape the humdrum of the city. This spot is probably better known for their pizzas, but also boasts some of the most creative burgers in the Cape. Naturally, their lineup couldn’t be complete without the Beyond Burger™. The Red Herring teems with local family-friendly ease, and host regular live music events. But their secret weapon is a brilliant roof terrace with sweeping seaside views making it ideal for late afternoon sundowners.
Address: Beach Road, Chapman’s Peak Road, Noordhoek, Cape Town
Loop and Bree street both share the grooviest breakfast and lunch spots in Cape Town, but we’re rooting for Ruby’s Bakery & Cafe at Pepperclub Hotel. This bistro-style eatery is worth seeking out and serves up fare that is easy-going and delicious. They’ve tackled the Beyond Burger™ by presenting it with the freshest ingredients to play up to its quality. Don’t forget to pair it with any of their fresh cold-pressed juices.
Address: Corner of Loop & Pepper Street, Cape Town City Centre
The Melkbos Kitchen is a hidden treasure situated on the West Coast that is certainly worth seeking out. Expect an earthy and intimate vibe at this beach house-style restaurant. While the eatery prides itself on sourcing super premium beans for their coffee and concocting some of the best craft G&Ts, their sushi, poke and burger fare also comes up smiling. To keep their down-to-earth gastro fare diverse and interesting, The Melkbos Kitchen offers a cracking version of the Beyond Burger™ on their menu. Partner the burger with one of their G&Ts to break the beer x burger mold.
Address: Shop 5, Mira Mar Centre, 26 Beach Road, Melkbosstrand, Cape Town
The Mash Tun is Woodstock is effortlessly cool and unassuming local legend teeming with industrial interior helped by pale wood and brick finishes. The hip and happening Woodstock eatery regularly ups their game with bountiful burgers, tapas and pub classics, as well as a wide selection of craft beers on tap. Therefore it’s no surprise that Beyond Burger™ now features on the menu. Drawing a cool hipster crowd with their comedy nights and live music gigs, The Mash Tun is perfect for date night, a laid-back catch up with mates, or power-work dinner with colleagues.
Address: Shop 1, The Ironworks, 240 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Nestled in quiet and suburban Claremont, The Andros Deluxe Boutique Hotel embraced their bygone splendor to the max. This luxury hotel in Cape Town is housed in a 1908 homestead which also doubles as a spa retreat while offering a scenic city escape. The atmosphere is exclusive and accentuated with stylish grace and attentive service.
Resident chef Ryan Donald was clearly bowled over by Beyond Burger™’s brilliance as he included the burger on his seasonal menu, crafted exclusively for the venue.
Address: Newlands & Phyllis Roads, Claremont, Gardens, Cape Town
Who is Infinite Foods?
Infinite Foods is a distributor and licensor of best-in-class, plant-based protein products. They distribute across Sub-Saharan Africa, enabling their partner brands to reach the African continent faster and with less risk.
Infinite Foods’ mission is to create consumer solutions that conveniently replace animal protein with plant protein. They find purpose in knowing that this shift in consumption is not only beneficial to human health, but also to our planet and the other lives we share it with. As a result of their commitment to human health, their partner brands’ products are made from all-natural ingredients such as peas, beetroot, wheat, coconut oil and potatoes.
With one billion consumers eating $70 billion worth of milk and meat protein in Africa each year, Infinite Foods’ believes that there is a better way to feed the planet and assure global food security.
Infinite Foods’ products can be found at various outlets. Find the complete list of their stockists on their website.
Address: 50 Oxford Road, Parktown, Johannesburg