23 Constantia Road
Tel: 021 797 0180
Opening times: 7.30am – 5pm, 7 days a week
The very first thing that you notice on arrival at this restaurant is the 300m² organic vegetable garden sitting in the middle of the car park, which stocks the kitchen with fresh vegetables, herbs and salads…it is so comforting to eat at a restaurant knowing exactly where your food is coming from!
The garden’s yield makes up between 50% and 80% of the fresh produce served in the restaurant depending on the time of the year and what they can’t grow in the garden, or is out of season, they buy from local, organic suppliers only.
The next thing you notice is the lovely mosaic on the wall outside the entrance under a huge palm tree. This sets the tone for what is a wonderful eating experience in a venerable national monument at this quaint and quirky local restaurant in Wynberg.
Michelle is the owner of the restaurant and her personality oozes through to everything about this place…she is a romantic, a poet, does not take herself too seriously and is very passionate about health and environmental awareness. Her nickname ‘The Organic Tart’ captures her essence perfectly.
She also has another business called Feelgood Health which produces and sells herbal and homeopathic remedies for both humans and pets.
Organic at Heart has something for everyone, no matter what your dietary requirements. The menu offers a variety of breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, burgers, incredible smoothies and daily special health juices on offer, all decently priced. The last time I was there the daily juice was a cucumber, lemon, apple, wheatgrass, mint and celery concoction which looked and tasted awesome!
Their speciality is a daily organic lunch buffet feast which is a visual, tasty and healthy indulgence offering a delicious variety of salads, vegetables, meat and fish (their seafood supplier is officially certified by SASSI) dishes, soups, stews, quiches and curries.
They are meticulous over the sourcing of their lamb, beef and chicken(do not serve pork) and to give you an example, their lamb comes from a farm in the Northern Cape where each sheep is totally organically reared and has about 12 rugby fields of space per sheep which is about 3 times the organic standard.
Only organic coffee is served and it is a unique, gorgeous blend made up by Michelle herself.
As at Eight @ Spier no carbonated drinks are served and like Dear Me they also have their own water filtration system on the premises which is served free to the guests.
Now on to their cakes and baked goods which should interest a lot of you. There is a separate table laden with freshly baked goodies for you to choose from…and what a choice it is!
From vegan cupcakes to gluten free muffins to wheat and gluten free 70% Belgian dark chocolate cake and a variety of other delights it is impossible to not find something that caters for your taste.
The chef, Ashley September has been involved with organic restaurants for the past 7 years and he really does know his business well. His was previously involved with Quensch and Organic Living restaurants before moving here.
They are not licensed and you are encouraged to bring your own.
As far as cleaning and toiletries go all are environmentally friendly and they even go so far as to use organic Enchantrix products to clean the napkins and tablecloths…so no nasty chemicals for us to come into contact with.
As regards recycling…everything is recycled either on the premises or taken to the local recycling companies by Michelle or one of the staff.
They have their own worm farm into which all organic waste is thrown and which then nourishes the organic garden. Even old bottles are used to create borders for the raised vegetable beds and to keep out moles.
There is a large courtyard/garden out the back which allows one to sit under some beautiful old trees when the weather is suitable. When it is not they have a fireplace inside to keep you warm and toasty.
All in all this restaurant has a little bit of everything for everyone and I envy the people who live in the surrounding area who are able to frequent this place on a regular basis.
Organic at Heart…the best local restaurant in Cape Town?
We are offering a R200 voucher for the restaurant’s organic lunch buffet if you answer the question below correctly. This is more than enough for a good plate of food plus a delicious cake/dessert or health juice for 2 people.
Question: What is the nickname as used by Michelle, the owner of Organic @ Heart.
If you are already a subscriber merely send the answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not a subscriber then enter your details here and answer the question in the entry form. Remember only subscribers can win this voucher.
Entries close on Monday 24 October and the draw takes place on Tuesday 25 October.
Happy, Healthy Eating to all of you!
Thanks to Bellananda for the photography.