For those that don’t know their vegetarians from their pescetarians, heads up that those who follow a vegan lifestyle abstain from animal products completely in their diets – which means no animals, fish, eggs or dairy. So when food entrepreneur Kaylee Gottschalk felt determined to include a salmon & cream cheese bagel to her menu, she knew she had a challenger on her hands.
“There is a perception that vegan food is limited or bland. I was adamant to create a vegan offering that would that would dispel that misconception.” Says Kaylee, “plant-based eating is delicious, cruelty free and most of all sustainable.”
In October last year, Kaylees vision for a 100% plant based eatery became a reality when she teamed up with Business Operations Manager Dan Friedman and experienced Chef Josh Simon. Together, they created a natural, real and delicious menu.
“We didn’t want to use a soy or protein based alternatives.” Explains Chef Josh. “We wanted to see if we could really up the ante and find a plant based ingredient that could create the sensation of eating a salmon cream cheese bagel as closely as possible keeping the dish light and fresh.” What ensued was, weeks of experimenting with different fruits and vegetables and cooking techniques.
“We started with trying to match the colour as closely as we could and tried working with carrots at first but the water content was too high. Eventually we experimented with papaya which yielded the result we set out to achieve. We then made our own speciality dairy free cream cheese from cashew nuts.” Kaylee’s Eatery doesn’t divulge too much on the details of the process but patrons to Kaylee’s Eatery will tell you that the “Lox” Bagel as it is called has both the striking texture and fragrance of smoked salmon fish. “The response to the dish has been extraordinary and surprising to our patrons” adds Kaylee
Other popular items on the menu include a variety of power bowls, gourmet sandwiches, healthy smoothies and an assortment of mouth-watering plant-based pastries. Kaylee’s Chocolate Cake is an absolute hit as is Kaylee’s Carrot Cake with its vegan cream cheese icing. “Our main objective is to introduce plant-based eating along with its benefits and a way of living to the South African market.”
Kaylee’s Eatery is situated at 147 N Reef Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg, 2008.