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Cape Town’s 'best veggie burger' probably (arguably, of course) the finest in SA

27 January 2020 12:29 PM
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Oude Molen
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Elisha Madzivadondo (“vegan since before he ever heard the word”) arguably makes the best veggie burger in South Africa.

It’s a fantasy of flavours… It’s the best tasting veggie-anything I’ve ever had! … This is really, really, really good… I can eat vegan food if this is what is served.

Kieno Kammies, presenter - CapeTalk
Image credit: Sunshine Food Co.

Elisha Madzivadondo (“vegan since before he ever heard the word”) arguably makes the best veggie burger in Cape Town.

He’s the owner of Sunshine Food Co. in Sea Point, a tiny restaurant that can seat about six people at most.

(Also read, “The greatest veggie burger in Cape Town or maybe the whole world”.)

I’m serving a mostly wealthy community. People have said my prices are cheap. But I know what it costs me to grow per gram and my conscience won’t allow me to raise prices.

Elisha Madzivadondo, owner - Sunshine Food Co.

My burger is a masterpiece.

Elisha Madzivadondo, owner - Sunshine Food Co.

My people think that being a vegan is for thin, white people.

Elisha Madzivadondo, owner - Sunshine Food Co.

Madzivadondo arrived in South Africa from Zimbabwe almost 17 years ago with dreams of becoming a mushroom farmer.

It never worked out that way, so he made ends meet by doing odd jobs as a gardener, handyman and, eventually, a chef and butler at a fancy guesthouse.

In 2013, he quit his job to farm sprouts and microgreens on land at Oude Molen.

With his wife he used the nutrient-dense sprouts to perfect a delicious vegan patty he could flip without it crumbling.

The pair sold the patties at local food markets.

One customer, a doctor, was so in love with the nutritiously delicious burgers that he created a space in his medical practice for Madzivadondo to house the small restaurant.

Kieno Kammies interviewed Madzivadondo and taste-tested his burgers.

(Also read, “New from Life Podcasts: Veganism for the win in 2020?”.)

Sprouting is my passion…

Elisha Madzivadondo, owner - Sunshine Food Co.

My food, when you eat it, you don’t go into a food coma. You don’t want to nap…

Elisha Madzivadondo, owner - Sunshine Food Co.

It’s made from butternut, sweet potato, coconut flour, flaxseed, sprouted mung beans, sunflower seeds, buckwheat, seasoned basil and thyme. I call it ‘The Ultimate Veggie Patty’.

Elisha Madzivadondo, owner - Sunshine Food Co.

Instead of giving you chips, which your body turns into sugar, I offer chickpea dahl.

Elisha Madzivadondo, owner - Sunshine Food Co.

Listen to the interview in the audio below.


27 January 2020 12:29 PM
Tags:
Zimbabwe
Cape Town
Sea Point
Kieno Kammies
Burger
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Elisha Madzivadondo
Sunshine Food Co.
Oude Molen
veggie patty

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