Gone are the days of a salad being a side dish! Establishments such as Salad Bae are reinventing the way we look at the humble collection of fruits, vegetables and grains and even a caveman such as myself is finding the idea of tucking into one of these bad boys far more appealing than ever before!
Address: Mojo Market, 30 Regent Rd, Sea Point
Hours: 10am-10pm Mon-Sun
First of all, let’s clarify: What exactly is a “Bae” – it’s a noun, that means a crush, or a lover or anything considered to be the most important thing in a person’s life, like salad. Or your significant other. But most often, just salad.
Situated inside Sea Point’s Mojo Market, this adorable store with its iconic bright red lips hovering above the salad counter is easy to spot and when I went to try out their famed salad, Jeska, behind the counter was clearly ready to tackle my indecisiveness with charm, ease and a bucket load of patience!
While Salad Bae has five “base” salads you can potentially choose from (named Cape Town, Hoi An, Cap D’ail, Nantucket, and Uluwatu) that all happen to be vegan-friendly, their REAL claim to fame is the fact that you can essentially CREATE YOUR OWN! If you can’t eat avocados or mushrooms like me or are a wuss when it comes to anything spicy (like me) or you’re just generally full of shit (like me), then THIS option is perfect. After all: isn’t it autonomy that we all secretly crave? I became my own Salad Master!
I felt like a virgin experiencing my salad for the first time – which is why the use of “bases” (clearly displayed on signage) was so helpful!
First Base – Start with Something Fresh
Second Base – Then add a “Grain” (is anyone else feeling mildly excited by all of this?)
Third Base – Pick any four add-ons
Fourth Base – Add a little Crunch
Fifth Base – Lastly, choose a Dressing
I was well and truly shooketh to the core. And wasn’t really sure I’d be able to eat such a huge amount of food (starved or not). Total cost: R78. I didn’t need any extra portions of anything – there was already way too much food!
Salad Bae’s owner, Kira Jacobs, also runs BeetBox, so juices, such as the one (my) Bae and I chose can be ordered directly from Salad Bae too. Could lunch get any healthier?
Overall rating? 10/10 simply for outstanding quality, first-class service, value for money, and TASTE … OMG… the taste… the noises we were making while we were eating. Inappropriate! This is my new NUMBER ONE place for healthy eating choices, simply because the options/combinations of what you can create are endless.
Take your Bae to Salad Bae, or sit at the Mojo Market and wait until you find a potential future Bae (victim) and approach (stalk) him/her (or it) and offer to buy him/her (or it) a salad from Salad Bae and start talking wedding plans. Just don’t get arrested. Or make noises from enjoying the food too much like we did!
Salad Bae is also available on the OrderIn app if you don’t want to leave your couch or have a crazy day at the office. Woohoo!
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