The Secret Garden

Tucked away at Uncle Tim's centre, The Secret Garden is an eatery offering vegan, vegetarian and meat options. Shrouded by green shrubbery, a kaleidoscope of flowers and delicate water features, this is a must-visit garden restaurant. The menu features a range of savoury waffles, platters and breakfasts that are customised to your diet.

Top pick: The Breakfast Waffle, topped with creamy spinach, mushrooms and tofu for vegans; egg, mushroom and welsh rarebit for vegetarians and bacon, eggs and welsh rarebit for omnivores.

Contact details: 083 299 2160 | 40 High Road, Benoni, Gauteng | [email protected] | Facebook

Shed & Silo

Located on the outskirts of Benoni, Shed & Silo offers country-style dining made with love. This eatery promotes eco-sustainability by growing their own produce, ensuring you get the freshest ingredients. While surrounded by the farmlands, you can indulge in country fresh breakfasts, cakes and a harvest table.

Top pick: Shed & Silo's cakes are a definite must-try. Try the decadent Red Velvet cake or the Chocolate Top Deck Cheesecake.

Contact details: 063 294 6157 | 77 Thomas Road, Norton Home Estates, Benoni | www.theshednsilo.co.za

Little Belgium

In the mood for some delicious waffles? Then head to Little Belgium at Flamingo's Nest Boutique Hotel in Rynfield. This eatery has a waffle for every palate, from indulgent sweet to gourmet savoury pastries. With plenty of space for the kids to play, this is the perfect spot for an outing with the family.

Top pick: The Chocolate Brownie - a golden waffle topped with a rich dark chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream and ruby-red strawberries.

Contact details: 066 291 7996 | Flamingo’s Nest Boutique Hotel, Corner Dove and Boundary Road, Rynfield, Benoni AH | [email protected] | littlebelgium.co.za

The Victorian Secret

The Victorian Secret is the ideal spot for delicate dining, whether it be brunch or a high tea. Dine like royalty, surrounded by magnificent trees, flower beds and Victorian-style architecture. With a bakery and a tea garden onsite, you'll be spoiled for choice. Diners can tantalise their taste buds with a range of elegant breakfasts, gourmet sandwiches and exquisite baked delights.

Top pick: The Victorian Secret is famed for their macarons. The raspberry and granadilla options are delicate, light and chewy while packing a flavour punch.

Contact details: 011 420 1912 | 140 Woburn Street, corner Russel Street, Benoni | | thevictoriansecret.co.za

The Vegan Chef

The Vegan Chef is one of the many great vegan restaurants in the East. Offering a range of wholesome, hearty and delicious vegan soul food, this restaurant is a must for anyone interested in a plant-based diet. Hidden away at the Green Thumb nursery, this is a great spot to bring the family (including those with four legs) for a yummy day out.

Top pick: It's difficult to choose a favourite between the Southern Fried Chickn and the Sticky Wings. But, why compromise? Get both and a selection of other tasty treats with a generous platter.

Contact details: 072 117 8550 | 152 President Brand Street, Benoni | [email protected] | theveganchef.co.za

Nikos

What's better on a warm afternoon than expertly crafted Greek food? If this sounds good, then head to Nikos to dine on your fill of tasty and satisfying Greek delicacies on their deck. Serving up a range of mezes, traditional dips, souvlaki, yiros and sweet treats, this is one restaurant you won't leave hungry.

Top pick: We are obsessed with their yiros! Whether you choose your flat bread stuffed with halloumi, falafels, chicken, beef, lamb or pork, you won't be disappointed.

Contact details: 061 524 6946 | Oakfields Shopping Centre, Corner Oak Street and Hanekam Street, Northmead | [email protected] | nikosgreek.co.za

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Del Forno

Craving traditional Italian fare? Then Del Forno is the place for you. Located at Farramere Shopping Centre, this spot offers delectable pastas and mouthwatering pizzas. And what's more, they welcome your furry friends. Offering a wide array of Mediterranean meals, this eatery is your go-to for hearty dining.

Top pick: There is nothing more satisfying than a warm bowl of pasta. And Del Forno's Red Pepper Pesto sauce poured over fettuccine with creamy spinach, mushroom, sundried tomato, cherry tomato and halloumi bits does not disappoint.

Contact details: 011 849 5811 | Farrarmere Shopping Centre, 20 Sheridan Road, corner Bayley Road, Farrarmere | [email protected] | www.delforno.co.za

Lemongrass

Have you ever tried Dutch-Indonesian cuisine before? Well, now is your chance to try this unusual combination. Lemongrass's menu expertly combines these two cuisines with the flavours and meals familiar to a South African palate, crafting delectable pastas, pancakes, salads, sandwiches and desserts.

Top pick: The 9-Dish Rijstafel is a fan favourite, offering diners the chance to explore nine different dishes with unique flavours.

Contact details: 086 610 2380 | 38 Russel Street, Western Extension, Benoni | | lemongrass.co.za

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The Vegan Chef

What started out as a small food stall has evolved into one of the biggest trends in the vegan industry today. Offering a range of services, including a line of vegan restaurants, frozen convenience foods and restaurant partnerships, The Vegan Chef (TVC) has taken the plant-based world by storm.

Restaurant And Food Stall

Having popped up at vegan markets across Joburg, The Vegan Chef started gaining popularity with their tantalising food for the soul. Offerings included Fried Chickn, Sticky Wings, Vish Cakes and Beyond Meat Burgers. After their huge success in satisfying vegan cravings, it was time to find a permanent home, which they did - in Midrand, Benoni and Craighall.

The Vegan Chef Midrand

Located at CoSpace in Midrand, this branch of TVC was the first. They provide delicious cruelty-free vegan comfort food and cater for functions. Popular menu items include the Sticky Chickn Wings, Southern Fried Chickn Pieces, Vacon, Vegan Doughnuts and Vegan Waffles on a Stick. If Midrand is too far a drive, you can order your vegan delights on Uber Eats and Mr Delivery, or you can stop by at one of their new branches in Craighall and Benoni.

The Vegan Chef Craighall

The newly opened Craighall branch of The Vegan Chef is the home of vegan pizza in Joburg. With their own wood burning pizza oven, their menu has over 10 pizza options. Some choice options include the Margarita, 3 Cheeses, Tropical, The Beyond Pizza and BBQ Rib. If this isn't enough to sate your appetite, try one of their decadent cakes of the day. Filled with creamy lush icing, these sponges are a must-try!

The Vegan Chef Benoni

For many years, vegans of the East Rand have been envious of their northern counterparts' close proximity to all things vegan. But no more, because there is now a vegan restaurant right in Benoni. TVC Benoni offers all the vegan indulgences you could ever want, from plant-based toasties, gourmet burgers and samoosas to hotdogs, wraps and all day bagels.

Restaurant Partners

Apart from all their own eateries, The Vegan Chef has also partnered with other restaurants, bringing your favourite vegan comfort food to your doorstep. Impasto Pizza in Linden, The Fussy Vegan in Blairgowrie and Dimples Cafe in Woodmead are just some of the restaurants they have partnered with.

Frozen Convenience

If having three restaurants, a food stand, a delivery service and partnering with other restaurants wasn't enough, TVC also produces a range of frozen products for you to make at home. Some products on offer are Chickn Fillets, Seasoned Chickn, Spiced Mince, Sticky Wings, Vacon, Vacon Bits, Vish and Vish Cakes. To view more information about these products, click here.

For More Information

For more information about The Vegan Chef, their products and services, contact them on 072 117 8550, email them at [email protected] or visit their website.

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*Images sourced from The Vegan Chef's Facebook page.