The Vegan Chef

The Vegan Chef has become a fast favourite for Joburg vegans. Serving up delicious comfort food, this food stall, restaurant and food supplier now offers their delicious products for home delivery. Order some of their frozen pies, ready-made meals, pre-made pizzas, a Friday Sweet Box or some yummy seitan products for contactless delivery via Mr Delivery, Uber Eats or simply WhatsApp your order to 072 117 8550 for a scheduled delivery.

Contact details: 072 117 8550 | [email protected] | theveganchef.co.za

Spice Journey

Now that Quorn is no longer being distributed in South Africa, you're probably in need of good quality, tasty faux meat. That's where Spice Journey comes in. Spice Journey produces and distributes delicious seitan products, including rib burgers, curry chunks, mince, roasts, chops, steak, sausages and chicken pieces, all vegan of course. You can order yours on their online store at www.spicejourney.co.za.

Contact details: 081 732 3977 | [email protected] | www.spicejourney.co.za

Herbi Vohr

Herbi Vohr has long been a staple in the vegan community for mouthwatering mock meats. Some of the products they offer are biltong, bacon, pulled chicken and pork, deli meats, ribs and the hotly anticipated cabanossi. You can order some of their products by emailing your orders, delivery address and contact number to [email protected]. After proof of payment, they will prepare and ship your order within five working days.

Contact details: 087 808 2139 | [email protected] | herbivohr.wixsite.com

The Vegan Chef

Southern Fried Chickn - Image sourced from The Vegan Chef's Facebook page.

Asher's Farm Sanctuary

Based out in Pretoria, Asher's Farm Sanctuary is a vegan animal welfare organisation offering a loving home to previously abused and neglected farm animals. The sanctuary also has an on-site vegan eatery and shop. As a way to raise funds during lockdown, they started offering deliveries on vegan brands, including Herbi Vohr, Violife, The Vegan Butcherie and De Crocky Kombutcha. Simply contact them to place your order for delivery.

Contact details: 065 120 2664 | [email protected] | www.ashersfarmsanctuary.org

Herbivore

Not to be confused with Herbi Vohr, Herbivore Earthfoods is a relative newbie on the vegan scene. They offer a range of vegan snacks and treats for delivery. Some of our favourite products on offer are the nut mylks, the mushroom biltong and the Lemon Cashew Cheesecake. Unfortunately, Joburgers will have to wait until after lockdown to receive deliveries due to travel restrictions, but these yummy delights are certainly worth the wait.

Contact details: 021 788 2264 | [email protected] | www.herbivore.co.za

Local Grocery Stores

Some of our favourite vegan products come from our local grocery stores. Luckily for us, a few of the most popular stores are now delivering. Here are a few stores delivering vegan food products:

Woolworths: The new Woolies plant-based range has certainly become a staple in our kitchens. If you love their vegan nuggets, stir-fry strips and sliced cold cuts as much as we do, have them delivered to your door for just R50. Find out more here.

Pick n Pay: Thanks to the new Pick n Pay Livewell range, we are now spoiled for choice when it comes to vegan products. Order yourself some tofu, dairy-free milk and other yummy treats for delivery. Find out more here.

Jackson's Real Food Market: Jackson's is a go-to for many vegan Joburg shoppers. Here, vegans can get their fill of dairy-free milk, mock meats and other vegan delights. During lockdown, you can order all your Jackson's favourites and have them delivered via 1Fetch. Find out more here.

Contact details: 011 463 1598 | [email protected] | jacksonsrealfoodmarket.co.za

Herbivore

Image sourced from @greenveganchick via Herbivore's Facebook page.

Do you know of any other vegan food delivery services? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

Who Are They?

The Vegan Chef is a plant-based food manufacturer and restaurant group specialising in gourmet vegan comfort foods.

What Do They Offer?

They offer gourmet vegan comfort foods, such as samoosas, fried chickn, vish (vegan fish) and vacon (vegan bacon).

Safety Precautions In Place

The Vegan Chef abides by the highest sanitation standards.

Do They Deliver?

Yes.

Where Are They Located?

H/o Co. Space, Corner of Brand and Swart Street, Midrand.

For More Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +27 72 1178 550

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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.

Don't forget to give them a like or follow on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the latest news, events and more.

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

Where To Eat?

The Vegan Chef

The latest offering to take the vegan world by storm, The Vegan Chef has recently opened up shop at the Green Thumb nursery in Benoni. Offering everything from Southern Fried Chikn and Sticky Ribs to Waffles On A Stick and Doughnuts, this is vegan food for the soul. Stop by to see what all the fuss is about and feel free to bring along your pooches for a day out in the lush gardens of the nursery.

Contact details: 082 606 6836 | Green Thumb Nursery, 152 President Brand Street, Benoni | [email protected] | https://theveganchef.co.za/

Little Belgium

If sweet Belgium delicacies are more your thing, then make sure you stop by Little Belgium during your tour of Benoni. Serving both sweet and savoury treats, this waffle house and bakery is the perfect outing for the whole family. We're suckers for the Black Forest Gourmet Waffle. Topped with wild berry sauce, chocolate shavings and cherries, this ticks all the boxes.

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

The Victorian Secret

The Victorian Secret is our go-to for light brunch, delicate high tea and perfectly baked sweet treats. Visit early in the morning and relax in the picturesque gardens while indulging in The Queen Victoria - two poached eggs, bacon, rocket, grilled tomato, crisp rosti and creamy hollandaise sauce. Before you leave, pick up some of their famed macarons. Available in a rainbow of flavours, these soft and crumbly treats are totally worth it.

Contact details: 011 420 1912 | 140 Woburn St, Cnr Russel St, Benoni | [email protected] | thevictoriansecret.co.za

Little Belgium: Black Forest Waffle

Little Belgium: Black Forest Waffle

Where To Shop?

Uncle Tim's Centre

Uncle Tim's Centre in Benoni is a must-visit for any antique collector, crafter or hobbyist. Housed in historical buildings, this centre first opened their doors in 1993. Since then, it has grown from strength to strength and is now home to a wide variety of shops selling antique collectibles, trinkets, books, art, furniture, vinyl records and giftware. Visit their Carboot Sale or Antique & Collectors market and spend hours browsing through the hidden treasures.

Contact details: 010 590 8003 | 40 High Road, Brentwood Park, Benoni | [email protected] | uncletims.co.za

Victoria Avenue

Speaking of hidden treasures, there is no better place to find all your antiques, collectibles and trinkets than the avenues of Benoni just south of Farrarmere. Along the lanes of Victoria Avenue, Woburn Avenue, Russel Street and Howard Avenue, you'll find a plethora of artsy shops and restaurants. Selling everything from timepieces and novelty ornaments to art and craft supplies and artisan goods, these charming streets offer quite the adventure.

East Rand Crafters Market

Spend a day shopping up a storm with the kids in tow at the East Rand Crafters Market. Offering everything from monthly markets to themed annual events, this is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your family. Shop for all your preserves, plants, fashion accessories, jewellery, kitchen accessories, wind chimes and beauty products while your kids have a blast with the inflatables, face painting and other activities.

Contact details: 49 Aerodrome Dr, Benoni | www.eastrandcraftersmarket.co.za

Uncle Tim's Centre

Uncle Tim's Centre

Where To Play?

Benoni Country Club

For sports enthusiasts, there is no better thrill than a day out at Benoni Country Club. Here, you can play a round of golf, indulge in the full driving range, try a game of bowling, take a shot at tennis or squash or join the running club. Other than the sport facilities, the club also has a gym, conference facilities, a full bar, a pizza oven, a restaurant, a pro shop and a car wash. If this isn't sporting entertainment at its best, we don't know what is.

Contact details: 011 849 8821 | Morris Avenue, Morehill, Benoni | [email protected] | www.benonicc.co.za

Cat Village 

If you're an animal lover, then Benoni is about to become your second home. Cat Village is a non-profit pro-life organisation in Northmead offering a home to 1000 felines. They provide shelter, food and care to homeless, neglected and abandoned cats. If you'd like to visit these adorable kitties, you can do so by volunteering at the shelter. Alternatively, head to any of their pawsome events.

Contact details: 083 668 8595 | [email protected] | catvillage.org.za

Highveld Honey Farms

One of the largest honey producers in South Africa, Highveld Honey Farms was established in the 1960s. Running 8000 beehives, this farm is your go-to for all things honey. Visitors can stock up on a wide range of honey products at their onsite shop while learning all about the process of cultivating this sweet nectar. They also offer all the bee keeping equipment you could ever need, from hive kits to protective clothing.

Contact details: 011 849 1990 | Plot 185, Uys St, Rynfield Agricultural Holdings, Benoni | [email protected] | highveldhoney.co.za

Benoni Country Club

Benoni Country Club

Want more? Then check out our secret gems of Benoni article.

Do you know of any other must-visit spots in Benoni? Let us know about them in the comments section below!