Banting is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) diet, named after 19th-century British doctor William Banting. It’s become popular in South Africa through the work of Professor Tim Noakes and the book he co-authored The Real Meal Revolution, now a best seller. The basis for this way of eating is to avoid carbohydrates and eat meals high in fat which the body uses as a source of energy, helping people lose weight. Capitalising on the trend, local establishments are full of low-carb meals and snacks, but can make eating out a bit tricky. Here are some great options:
65 on Main
This Green Point eatery was one of the first restaurants in Cape Town to offer a full Banting menu with everything from breakfast to dessert. A tasty dish to try is the grilled chicken with cauliflower mash, asparagus and mushroom sauce at R110.
021 439 9559 • 65 Main Road, Green Point
Nuri Sushi Factory
If you are a sushi lover and a Banter, this restaurant in Parliament Street is the place to be. They serve rice-free sushi with prices varying from R55 to R130, depending on the portion. Try the Rothschild’s Special, a tasty, fresh and exciting plate of 20 pieces of ricefree sushi for R160.
021 461 8719 • 8 Parliament Street, Cape Town
Hudsons – The Burger Joint
Hudsons in Kloof Street is a perfect choice, offering a carb-free option for their famous burgers. Instead of serving the burger with fries and bun, they add a side salad. We recommend the Plain Jane beef burger patty, with the option to add cheese for that extra fat. It’s a reasonable R44 (180g) or R57 (250g).
021 426 5974 • 69a Kloof Street, Gardens
Situated in the V&A Waterfront, Balducci has a separate menu for Banters which offers seven choices including a Banting burger, beef lasagne, melanzane alla parmigiano and four different cauli-base pizzas. We recommend the beef lasagne with grilled aubergine and parmesan cream sauce, baked al forno with ricotta and imported parmigiano cheese for R115.
021 421 6002/3 • Shop 6162, Lower Level Victoria Wharf , V & A Waterfront
This is a great downtown restaurant for those who work and live in the CBD. The Long Street eatery offers five Banting-friendly breakfast options and three lunch meals. We love the mama’s chicken thighs stuffed with goats’ milk cheese and oven-roasted in olive oil, rosemary, garlic and chilli. It’s served with roasted vegetables, feta, parmesan and fresh herbs, and sprinkled with almond flakes and fresh basil. It costs R120.
021 424 1124 • 138 Long Street, Cape Town