Take a walk down Long Street and you will most likely encounter dozens of restaurants, each of these exist to make a profit, rarely do they have time for any sort of charitable cause. Unless the restaurant's name is Plant Cafe, a beautiful restaurant in the heart of Cape Town that is inspiring the nation with its simple and heartwarming idea to help the less fortunate this winter season.
This concept was inspired by another restaurant, Lola's, that is along Long Street. Lola's makes hot soup for the needy on a daily basis. The restaurant had this to say about their initiative in a Facebook post, "We got this idea to make a daily kitchen soup when we saw our neighbors Lola's doing a weekly one on Monday evenings. So, we share it as well! We truly believe it is our first duty as restaurants. It does not cost much, yet it warms the bellies and the hearts and gives big smiles to everyone."
The tasty and hot soup is made of nutritious ingredients including carrots and potatoes. They serve it every morning from 9:30am. They serve approximately 50 cups of soup every single day. They have urged residents to help in any way they can, whether it's helping to serve the soup or contributions particularly in the form of paper cups. "It is a challenge to purchase paper cups as our budget is limited, so donations are very welcome, we only ask that the cups should not be plastic as this goes against our principles." said Pierre Lambret who is the owner of the restaurant
Plant was established in 2013 to promote plant-based food choices and to provide a space in Cape Town where vegans and people with food allergies can find amazing food without sacrificing taste. From the humble beginnings of a Bo-Kaap Café to a gourmet vegan restaurant in Cape CBD. Plant offers delicious vegan food, helping customers make more compassionate choices without sacrificing taste.
Images courtesy of Robert Chong