The world's first restaurant dedicated to the Banting dining lifestyle has opened in Green Point, Cape Town.
Called The Banting Kitchen, this 120-seater restaurant will provide low carb, good fat, wholesome, traditional food for breakfast and dinner seven days a week, as well as for lunch over weekends.
Led by Chef Ryan Brand , the food is all about getting nutritious, tasty experiences.
"We have had to source new natural ingredients to invent new ways of creating people's favourites without the carbs," he explained in a press release.
The menu offers an array of original dishes created by the Banting Kitchen team including crustless goat's cheese and baby marrow quiche, mushroom caulisotto (a cauliflower risotto) and homemade Banting Lasagna (cream cheese eggs and husks).
Of course, there is a range of aged steaks, lamb loin, braised pork belly, grilled venison, as well as a rich oxtail stew. A variety of Banting-friendly sauces and vegetables can also be ordered, including roast butternut mash and of course the popular cauli-mash.
In 1861, William Banting, a wealthy undertaker to the royal family, found himself obese. His doctor and himself came up with the idea of a Low Carb High Fat diet. He meticulously recorded his food intake and weight, and published a pamphlet called The Letter on Corpulence that was so popular it had to be reprinted three times.
Fast forward to 2010, when a Cape Town professor with a passion for exercise and sports science linked our low-fat eating lifestyle to the nutritional crisis that society now finds itself in. Professor Tim Noakes and his book The Real Meal Revolution has become the most successful book ever published in South Africa.
"The Banting Kitchen team is very proud that we too are pioneers in the march against obesity and diabetes," says Lindsey Hughes, the driving force behind The Banting Kitchen.
"We’re excited as we investigate opportunities to take The Banting Kitchen brand across South Africa and the rest of the world."
For more information, visit www.thebantingkitchen.co.za