When we arrived, we instantly felt as if we were right at home at this little spot. The layout of the restaurant is simple and small yet fresh with dangling lights, wooden tables and bright sunflower centrepieces to brighten up the place. You can either sit indoors if the weather is a little bit nippy, or out on the patio area if you want to sit back and relax in the sun. The walls are decorated with interestingly shaped shelves and a happy motivational poster with a phrase from John Lennon. Also, their dinner and specials menus for the week are placed on boards against the counter near the cashier, and changes weekly to offer something different and new every time you visit the restaurant. They don’t have a liquor licence yet, but you are allowed to bring your own wine to complement your meal.
Soon after grabbing a table, we met Misha who is absolutely delightful! She was very helpful and gave us a few suggestions as to what she enjoyed most from the menu. All the options on the menu are vegan and they can cater for whatever dietary needs you have, from dairy to gluten free. For starters, Crystal and I each tried a Mini Mushroom Puff starter (three pastry cups filled with mushrooms in a delicious curried sauce – R40) and we both absolutely loved it! And if the starters weren’t tasty enough, we ended up munching on three different vegan dishes that surprised us completely.
The Conscious ‘Cheese and Beef’ Burger (R60) instantly caught our attention while reading through the menu – a soy-wheat based ‘beef’ patty topped with a delicious creamy non-dairy cheese sauce, served with leafy greens, tomatoes and caramelized onions with a side order of sweet potato chips. I swear, I could NOT tell whether it was an actual beef patty or not – that is how tasty the burger was! Along with that, we also tried the Almost Perfect Veggie Burger (R63) and BLCT Wrap (tofu bacon with leafy greens, tomatoes and a tasty non-dairy cheese topped with slim mayo – R52) which both tasted amazing and was bursting with flavour. I was pleasantly surprised as I didn’t expect vegan dishes to taste so good!
And if that didn’t surprise me enough, dessert left me questioning whether I should give up my love of dairy! Crystal tucked into a Sticky Toffee Pudding (filled with nuts) served with vanilla ice-cream while I enjoyed some rich and decadent chocolate ice-cream (both dairy-free of course). The ice-cream was so smooth and full of flavour that I couldn’t believe my ears when Misha told us that the ice-cream was homemade with soy! It tasted far better than the dairy-filled chocolate ice-cream I’m used to! I could definitely head back there right now for a few more scoops.
Everything at the restaurant is made from scratch in their kitchen, including a variety of baked goodies from cakes, cupcakes and doughnuts to croissants, brownies and snack-bars. And best of all, all the baked goods are all vegan friendly! So, if you are looking for a great spot to grab a bite to eat that will offer a great variety of vegan dishes unlike many restaurants around Joburg, then be sure to pay a visit to the fully plant-based Conscious 108 for a treat.
By Kim Brown
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Venue Name:Conscious 108
108 Greenway Road, Greenside, Johannesburg.
Opening Hours:Monday - Saturday - 11h00 - 22h00, Sunday- 11h00 - 15h00
Price Range:R180 for two
Type of Cuisine:Casual Dining
TripAdvisor Traveler RatingBased on 13 reviews
This vegan restaurant is absolutely lovely. The service (the owner is super friendly and kind) is super, the atmosphere relaxing and the food to die for. I have been there 3 times now and never been...
Staci K Says:
First thing that hits you as you walk in is the smell of old cooking oil. Then you notice the open clean space. Although the waitress was friendly and kind of helpful the service was pathetically...
Kimberly C Says:
I'm an ovo-lacto (not vegan) vegetarian and went to Conscious 108 for lunch with a like-minded friend and high hopes. I had the crispy tofu with ginger peanut sauce wrap, and felt that it fell short...