Crush: Scrumptious, scratch made nutritious food in the CBD
By Bianca Coleman
Back in the days when I used to work in a building on the next block, Crush was my winter go-to for fabulous, thick, rich soups and a hunk of seed bread for lunch every day.
Life changed and I hadn’t been there for years, but an invitation from owner Shonah Galligchan saw us having lunch at Crush. We sat at a table in the mall on a warm summer’s day, enjoying the dappled shade and the passing theatre of the Cape Town CBD. It’s at moments like this when you fully appreciate what visitors to our city get to enjoy, but you could tell we are locals by the way we clutched our handbags on our laps.
Crush is all about healthy and nutritious food – raw, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan dishes – made from scratch. This is not to say there is no meat on the menu; bacon makes an appearance in some of the breakfasts, and smoked salmon is there too. It’s also in a salad, as is chicken.
I had a bun-less ostrich burger with a selection of three salads as a carb-free option on the daily specials menu. There was also chicken “pad Thai” with zucchini noodles, and herb-crusted chicken breast with roasted sweet potato and kale salad.
The ostrich was a second choice – sadly the cauliflower mac and cheese had already sold out, clearly a popular dish. From the main menu Diva had the Superfood Salad – broccoli, spinach, sprouts, spiced butternut, rocket, feta, mint, quinoa, lemon juice and mixed seeds.
There are loads of different breakfasts which are served all day, salads, wraps, sandwiches on your choice of breads including vegan and gluten-free, light meals, and yes, still those amazing soups. That day there was Burmese chicken noodle, chorizo and black eyed beans, tomato and haricot, green lentil and parmesan, and sweet potato with roast cashew nuts – as if there weren’t already enough reasons to wish the weather would cool down.
To drink there are fruit smoothies and freshly-squeezed juices, and a great selection of herbal teas, organic coffees, natural cider, micro brewery beers, and organic wines.
I’ve saved the best for last, however. It was a daily special, but I sure hope they have it again when I am next in the area – carrot cake. A generous slice, it was soft and moist with gorgeous, creamy, not-too-sweet icing. The deal-maker? It was sugar- and carb-free. Diva and I shared it, but after she left I snuck back inside to get another piece to go. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.
* Find Crush at 100 St George’s Mall, Cape Town CBD. Call 021 422 5533.
Open Mondays to Fridays, from 7am to 4.30pm, and on Saturdays from 8.30am to 3.30pm.
Visit www.crush.co.za for more information.