“Eat More Plants”, the slogan for Lexi’s Healthy Eatery and some great words to live by. The ethos of this mostly plant-based eatery is simple; to make the most sustainable, conscious, ethical and healthy meals possible. Founder Lexi has been putting these principles into practice in her life for years, and opening shop in the heart of Sandton is an amazing way to spread the qualities she instils, one tasty plate at a time.
I know Lexi through friends and I’ve always been impressed by how encouraging, yet relaxed she is about living a plant-based lifestyle. That may sound weird, but many people who focus on wellbeing or have a vegan lifestyle can be a bit forceful when talking about it to others. Lexi talks about how everyone has a different journey and tells friends, family and now customers to do their best. She says this in a kind way without being pushy. And so it only makes sense that her menu to mostly plant-based but includes free-range eggs, meat and fish here and there. Inclusivity on a menu is a rare thing and I think something we should celebrate when it does come around.
Lexi talks about how everyone has a different journey and tells friends, family and now customers to do their best.
The eatery is bright and sunny, decorated with shades of blue and green and bright pops of yellow. Lexi designed the space, the menu and had a restaurant up and running in 5 weeks flat (!!!). With all this, you can still see the attention to detail. Local artisans work is featured on the walls in the form of a mural by illustrator Jess Jardim-Wedephol , macrame by Arte Sense and the exquisite crockery and ceramics by Prêt-à-Pot .
The first time I met Lexi, she was running her pop-up market stall Keenwa alongside my friend Linda. I arrived without the forewarned cash I needed, caused a queue and both the ladies were still incredibly kind and chilled about it. Since that first buddha bowl for breakfast, I’ve been hooked. This means my expectations were high to start with! I’ve been to Lexi’s to pop in for turmeric lattes, as a base for multiple meetings, for breakfast and for lunches. I’ve never been disappointed. The service is quick and there is passion and care in every drink, plate and bowl served up by the friendly staff.
The menu constantly evolves to stay fun and changes with the seasons. So if there is something you want to try, I suggest going sooner rather than later or it might just be gone. On the day I took these snaps, I went for a quick girls lunch and catch up with a fellow yoga teacher and friend. We snacked on broccoli with turmeric and mustard dressing, sprinkled with toasted almonds. I liked this light simple sharing plate as a little snack. It’s perfect to fill the gap if you’re feeling peckish but don’t need a large meal. I ordered the “Such a Gem” salad, an enormous bowl of grilled asparagus, baby gem lettuce and roasted fennel topped with an apple cider vinegar dressing.
It reminded me how important it is to put effort into salads. I could this eat weekly, if not daily.
It reminded me how important it is to put effort into salads. I could eat this weekly, if not daily. My friend’s “Glow Bowl” did give me order envy though. Roasted potatoes with a turmeric mustard dressing, tomatoes and black rice, cauliflower, avocado, cashew cream filled this pretty little bowl. It tasted delicious, I’m a sharing kinda gal when I eat out with almost anyone so I can vouch for it.
Lexi’s Healthy Eatery offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and