There’s a Vegan Food Truck just around the corner from Sandton CBD and people are talking! …
The Vegan Chef, a food truck at 60 Rivonia Rd, Sandton just opened up a few weeks ago, in an up and coming food truck lot, and overall the response has been good. They offer a delectable range that includes curries, toasted sanies, “vish and chikn” dishes that come with a side of chips, a Buddha bowl, and of course desserts. The dishes are predominantly seitan-based with the exclusion of the mince, all vegan, and served by the loveliest pair of ladies, whose bubbly personalities are welcoming and add to the ambience of The Vegan Chef’s food truck experience.
I tried a range of dishes including the vish curry, which was absolutely divine, with an authentic Indian flavour that is perfectly spiced. The vish curry is moreish to say the least, served with a roti and carrot sambal, it makes for a hearty and satisfying lunch that spicy food lovers will thoroughly enjoy.
I also tried the sticky chickn wing, which is rich and flavoursome, sprinkled with black sesame seeds; they have an umami taste and would do well as starters, along with being a great on-the-go lunch.
Further to that, I had of course to try, 2 of their vish pieces, sprinkled with lemon and accompanied with a few chips. The vish could do with more of a fishy flavour, maybe some sort of caper seasoning or seaweed flavour, but apart from that they were good.
Then I tried the southern fried chickn. As you can imagine, after all of this I rolled from the food truck to my bakkie and strained the fibres of my seat belt and car seat whilst driving home with a very full and satisfied belly. Honestly, these were my favourite, I could buy them by the bucket. They are the epitome of comfort food, deliciously crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, with a classic southern flavour one could end up getting rather large, if you weren’t careful!
Overall, I was impressed with the food, loved the staff, and was happy to know that The Vegan Chef uses biodegradable packaging whenever possible. Currently the venue only hosts 2 food trucks and could do with a bit of an upgrade, maybe a few more plants to add to the atmosphere. They do however have a children’s jungle gym right next door, so little ones are entertained while you wait. Another option is to call in your order before hand, should you wish to order a dozen cupcakes or are ordering for an army and, they have just joined Uber Eats too.
Definitely worth a try, It’s a great spot to grab a take away or have a quick bite, they cater for most tastes and are open Mon-Sat: 10 am -3 pm.
PS. I took a cupcake home that I ate later and it was good… and will certainly satisfy a sweet tooth.
Review by Lesleigh Harnwell, for Vegan SA