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October is vegetarian month and Catharina's Restaurant at Steenberg Estate in Constantia offers a feast of contemporary veggie classics.  

Catharina’s Restaurant added a full vegetarian menu from starters through to desserts as well as a 5-course tasting menu to their offering of contemporary classics at this signature restaurant at Steenberg Estate in Constantia.
 
“Being vegetarian should never deprive you of a full dining experience with just a few options to choose from amongst a plethora of meat dishes,” says Executive Chef Archie Maclean who has come to realise that we should all think of reducing our meat intake in the interest of sustaining our planet.
 
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“I most certainly love my meat, but animal husbandry does leave a much larger footprint on the environment than vegetables or fruit so we should really all become more conscious of what we consume on a daily basis,” he adds.
 
There is plenty for vegetarians to pick and choose amongst the starters from creamy tomato soup and a crisp garden salad, to a choice of butternut ravioli, king oyster mushroom and sundried tomato arancini.
 
For mains, Chef Archie’s truffled pea and mushroom risotto with a crunchy pea shoot and pumpkin seed salad is good option. If you prefer a bit of heat, try the cashew and chilli crusted tofu. There is also sous vide carrot served with smoked paprika potato puree and tempura courgette spaghetti. 
 
For dessert, think apple tatin, chocolate fondant, frozen lemon curd, coffee jivara mousse, caramalised rooibos brûlée and seasonal sorbets – you will be spoilt for choice.
 
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Catharina’s offers vegetarians an à la carte menu as well as a 5-course tasting menu to be enjoyed with fine wines from the extensive, yet carefully curated wine list. Both menus are available for lunch and dinner. 
 
Catharina’s Restaurant is open 7-days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For bookings contact +27 (0)21 7137178 or email [email protected]