I've been back twice to The Hungry Herbivore in the past month.
Earlier this month my sister and I were hungry enough at 5pm to head there for an early dinner. It was perfect cos there was a parking spot right outside, and at that time it didn't matter that the restaurant was empty -- we had no expectations of needing a cheery place. It did, however, fill up slowly while we were there.
I ordered my favourite: the kimchi burger on greens (no bun), and it was delicious! We also shared two slices of raw pizza, which were equally delicious. My sister really wanted a raw cake and ordered the vegan cheesecake with caramel (I think it's a date puree). She absolutely loved it; I wasn't as enamoured: the "cheese" tasted too much like a vanilla pudding and I think they use a sweetener instead of sugar, so I didn't like the flavour.
My husband and I went back today for lunch, with our dog! A big Labrador. No problem at all. They have a sign up that says pets welcome but must remain under the table and not disturb other diners. Fair enough. We brought a fleece blanket for our dog and he was happy to sleep on his blanket under the table (we made sure we had a table for 4 -- their tables are rather small!). It was a lovely atmosphere during lunch although it is rather chilly inside and I had to ask them to close their back door cos there was a very cold draft coming in.
I'm not really sure what's new throughout the menu, but I did notice they no longer have the two-slice raw pizza no salad, which is a pity! You now can only order one slice with salad (salad not really necessary since the pizza is all salad topping!), and then pay extra for a second slice. The prices have also gone up a little. They've added a curry to the mains section, which is a "curry of the day". Today it was red Thai curry with chickpeas. It costs R105, and for that price I was expecting something special. It was not really that nice. And the plate was small when compared to the Protein Bowl or the burger with salad. And they seemed to have confused it with an Indian curry by serving it with a tomato and onion relish, chutney, and a poppadum, which did not go with the Thai curry. The poppadum was delicious, but the curry tasted like the ground spices hadn't been cooked enough. And I had to ask them to reheat it cos it was lukewarm. It was most unsatisfying, although it was filling. I regretted not ordering the burger!
They still get a high review because dog-friendly is a definite plus for me! And that burger, well, I will going back for that! Clearly others love it, too, cos I saw two on the counter and another on the table next to me.
To end the meal I ordered the mocha (coffee and cocoa) with almond milk. I asked that no sugar be added. It was delicious!
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