Inside Plant in Cape Town 03/03/14
We interview Adien Aggenbach about her restaurant, Plant, the hot new vegan eatery that opened in February in the Cape Town city bowl.
Tell us about Plant?
After I relocated back to South Africa from Los Angeles there were really limited vegan options in Cape Town. We had Bella Vegan in Muizenberg and Bolo Bolo in Obs but there was no dedicated vegan kitchen serving Cape Town CBD. The objective is to make vegan food more accessible and educate people that vegan food doesn’t have to be boring or difficult to make
Who is behind plant?
I started toying with the idea a few years ago. In August I went to the USA for some inspiration and came back and put the plans in motion. Jess – our chef – and myself have been experimenting for a few months. I basically told her about all the foods I missed and together we started hammering out the menu. She is the genius and I am the taster. Another friend of mine, Maya Patuel, made some funds available so we could get the build out done.
Once we start asking the important questions veganism is the only logical deduction.
Where does this food on my plate come from?
How much suffering was involved in this meal?
We encourage people to start asking questions. We are here to make it easier by providing easy meal options in the Cape Town CBD area
It is the route of least harm to animals, to the planet and happens to be the best route for our health as well.
Gourmet vegan food can have a tendency to be quite expensive, what kind of prices can customers expect?
We are trying to keep our rates competitive with non-vegan restaurants. Since we use specialised ingredients our ingredients tend to be more expensive. We do have seasonal fluctions but overall our prices are very competive. [Ed’s note: The R35 lunch specials are very good compared to other popular lunch spots.]
What are you most excited about?
We meet incredible people here and in the short two weeks we have been operating, we have our regulars. Making compassionate choices became a little easier with us servicing the CBD – and that is exciting.
What are you most nervous about?
I think every new business owner has a fear of failure. Our hearts and souls are in this one so we are focusing on the positive.
What are some of the items on the menu you think are the tastiest?
The breakfast wrap, the BLT and the rice paper wraps are my favourite.
Do you do deliveries?
Yes we do – CBD from 11am to 3pm. Our teaser menu is online. Our website will be updated and live soon.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for giving us the air time! See you soon!