BANTING ON THE TOWN
EVERYONE’S ON THE BANT! HERE ARE SOME BANTING-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS WE’VE TRIED RECENTLY – PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SEND US THE NAMES OR REVIEWS OF ANY OTHERS YOU’VE TRIED.
LCHF restaurant reviews
JUST PURE BISTRO
Hermanus (028) 313 1193 www.justpurebistro.co.za The Bistro is an extension of the Just Pure shop that sells natural cosmetics, linens and French Provençal gift items. Its fare is organic, locally sourced and now banting, too. Their warm chicken salad is delicious, but their banting selection has grown to include a Soup of the Day (cauliflower and bacon), Quiche of the Day (zucchini, feta and bacon) and Muffin of the Day. The banting burger is made with feta, dolloped with guacamole and tzatziki, and served on a zucchini fritter. What excites me the most, however, is the banting chocolate cheese cake, a mildly cheesy chocolate mousse cake that tingles the tongue with its ever-so-slight sour note before coating your mouth in airy but intense chocolate.
Cape Town, (021) 424 3460 www.Carne-sa.com Perhaps Giorgio Nava’s move to open another Carne SA (recently awarded Five Stars by the Rossouw Guide) where his Milano Patisserie stood previously is more proof of the trend towards lower carbs. Although his menu includes pasta, and bread is served to the
table, Carne is about as perfectly banting as you could make it. Here the focus is on meat quality. Although the presentation of the meat selection will turn the tummy of a vegetarian, seeing meat in its uncooked form is about the only way to tell precisely what you’re eating. Low-carb sides include steamed broccoli and spinach. A special treat for fat lovers is the marrow bones, roasted and then chopped lengthwise to provide a trench of marrow to easily scoop out with a spoon. Like all Nava restaurants, interiors are pared down and smart.
Carne SA has three Cape Town branches: Keerom Street in the City, Kloof Street in the Gardens and Main Road, Constantia.
Main Rd, Walmer, Port Elizabeth (041) 581 2136 Brioche is constantly busy, especially now that they have introduced a specialised banting menu (they still offer their usual menu as well). All of their breakfast items come with banting toast. I’ve tried their delicious steak sandwich, which is served on banting bread and comes with soft, flavoursome grilled tomatoes, and their chicken schnitzel, served with cabbage.... it’s all lovely. But once you’ve eaten your main meal, their banting cake is an absolute killer: a gorgeous, rich chocolate cake with nuts.
Nothing quite beats an Americano with cream and a slice of this incredible cake at the end of your meal as a special treat! Brioche also sells banting bread to take home, which is most convenient. Sue Ferreira (reader)
PIZA E VINO PIZZERIA
Brooklyn, Waterkloof, Pretoria (011) 684 2730 I dreaded our last-minute decision to take the kids for a pizza, knowing I’d have to sin. But I was pleasantly surprised by the banting choices on offer at Piza E Vino Pizzeria: mussels in white wine, cream, garlic and parsley, caprese salad, or calamaro (calamari stuffed with olive tapenade, green pepper, sundried tomato, red onion and ricotta) for starters. We were delighted that all pizzas could be made with a gluten-free or paleo base for an extra R20, and about two-thirds of the pizzas had banting-friendly toppings. My husband had half Speedy G (bolognaise, jalapeno chillies, onions, spicy coriander dressing) and half Porky the Pig (salami, pepperoni, bacon, caramelized onion, feta, basil ) on a paleo base (which tasted as though it was made of coconut flour – delicious), and I opted for a very tasty (and large!) Beef Carpaccio. There was also a great selection of salads, and apparently they have banting breakfast and lunch options too! Petrone Schoeman (reader)
Fairmont Zimbali Resort (032) 538 5000. www.Fairmont. com/ZimbaliResort The chef at this luxury resort is fully conversant with banting. While the almond and chocolate smoothie is à la RMR, the zucchini waffle topped with crisp bacon, charred peppers and haloumi cheese, grilled into ooziness, is their creation. Another breakfast offering is eggs baked in a spinach cream with salami. In their Mexican outlet, Ayoba, all pizzas are offered on cauliflower bases – the best I’ve yet tasted. Salads and sauces are banting-compliant too, including special mayonnaise.
Fine-dining options include an elegant salmon tartare moulded around leek spaghetti, fennel and roasted tomatoes. Karoo lamb loin, grilled to pink perfection, is butter soft, while the herby lamb notes are accentuated by baba ganoush and olive tapenade. Bitter chocolate mousse on coconut crisps is an inspired dessert.
JUST PURE BISTRO
PIZA E VINO PIZZERIA
BANTING PIZZA AT BRIOCHE