Tucked away at the back of La Cucina Di Ciro restaurant lies one of Parktown North’s hidden gems. The Pudding Shop is a vegan restaurant that also serves a couple of non-vegan dishes. Owners Klara and Zeus have done a phenomenal job providing a beautiful space in which diners can come and enjoy delicious, tasty vegan food in a relaxed environment. I must mention that I am not a vegan and was a little concerned about the type of food I would be served, as vegans do not consume any products derived from animals (meat, dairy, honey etc). The food proved me wrong and took away any previous concerns I had- it was fresh, healthy and full of flavour. I now look at vegan food in a whole new light.
Klara has done an amazing job with the interior of restaurant. It’s quirky and fun but also peaceful and beautiful. You feel as if you have stepped into a magical, secret garden. Ivy creeps up the walls, water trickles slowly from the fountain and a buddha statue sits in the corner. Sounds of city life, the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg, are blocked out by soft background music and for a blissful few moments you forget where you actually are.
The Pudding Shop does offer a few non-vegan dishes for those who prefer some cripsy bacon with their breakfast but, rest assured, Zeus is an ethical vegan who makes sure any non vegan dishes are prepared in an entirely separate kitchen.
The restaurant boasts a menu like none other. From spiced butternut waffles with layered fruit and cashew cream, to creamy quinoa and rolled oats cooked in rice milk, vanilla & sultanas for breakfast and avocado & red bean burgers served with a spicy lentil tomato sauce for lunch. Of course it wouldn’t be called The Pudding Shop without a variety of delicious desserts and cakes that are vegan friendly and to top it all off the service is warm and welcoming.
Another bonus- they don’t charge a surplus if you request almond milk instead of regular milk with your coffee- brilliant if you are lactose intolerant like me.
The Pudding Shop is open Tuesday till Sunday for breakfast and lunch and also hosts a full moon dinner once a month, where you can come and enjoy live music and gourmet food. They offer private functions as well.
Contact The Pudding Shop:
47 3rd Avenue Parktown North Johannesburg
061 444 3493