Heads-Up, Mango Ginger, Observatory

Mango Ginger in Observatory is a coffee shop and bakery that makes one of the best vegan pies I have ever eaten. I love me a good pie.

Address: 27 Lower Main Rd, Observatory

Hours: 7:30am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm Sat, Closed Sun

There is something to be said for passion, drive and a tiny bit of extra effort that can make one’s experience that much better: this is Mango Ginger. When my Wheat-Free Lentil & Baby Veg Pie (R40) arrived, it was accompanied by the cutest salad that was literally drowning in seeds. Finally – an eatery that adds a protein source to a salad (that isn’t feta, halloumi or goat’s cheese).

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I chatted with the owner briefly, and this is what she has on offer in terms of vegan options:

  • Wheat-Free Lentil & Baby Veg Pie (R40)
  • Sandwich w/Hummus, Roasted Aubergine, Sun-Dried Tomato & Rocket (R48)
  • Vegan Burger w/Rocket, Avo & Tomato (R65)
  • Salad w/generous portion of Hummus, Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, Avo, Cucumber, Julienned Carrots, Rosa Tomatoes, Seeds, Sprouts & Toast Wedges (R80)
  • Beetroot & Berry Cake (R35)
  • and then, of course, Max’s famous Chickpea Rotis 

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There are a couple of other “veganisable” items and some daily specials (on the chalkboard), but this gives you a very good idea of what is available. And can we talk about how affordable it is for a moment?

All of their food is available for takeaway, and although they have no social media accounts to follow, you can check out their website.

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Again – I cannot keep up with all the amazing places that are out there, but I’m sad I haven’t been to this one more. It’s definitely a winner in terms of simple, nourishing and affordable vegan options. If you choose something other than the pie for lunch, make sure you take a pie home for a snack/dinner and think of me when you eat it. Which sounds weird – so ignore that last part.

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Before you go, check out my Eateries by Suburb page and don’t forget to pop on over to my YouTube channel as well!

Peace xx

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