Eat out – Sunday lunch

2010-09-24 13:33

The best place to have Sunday lunch is alfresco on the beach – and the ­relatively new Moyo uShaka is a great spot to do it.

One of six Moyos in the ­country, this is possibly the most ­spectacular of them all.

Set on the beachfront at uShaka Village, the staff, in feathered headgear, welcome diners and treat all-comers to a ritual handwashing and, for those who fancy it, a chance to have their faces painted.

This was all a welcome distraction considering the wait for our drinks.

With chardonnay in hand at last, we ­began our African feast by nibbling on the appetising selection of breads and dips, and melt-in-your-mouth samoosa starters wrapped in wispy filo pastry.

The Moyo menu offers a variety of exotic concoctions with an African twist – incorporating Tandoori, Cape Malay, Moroccan and South African influences.

For the main course, we ordered the Lamb Mechoui roll, Chicken Yassa roll, Oudtshoorn Ostrich ­Burger and Kids Cheese Burgers, all served on tasty homemade pumpkin and sweet potato roll.

While dining, three a cappella singers roamed the restaurant and entertained us with their rendition of The Lion Sleeps ­Tonight.

Though dessert is optional, there is a choice of seven priced at under R30 on the menu.

One of the more exotic ­choices being the banana-and-chilli chocolate samoosas served with mint sauce.

When all was drunk and eaten, the service was average to slow but the food and ­presentation were outstanding.

For four adults and two children, the meal cost R450, which I thought was reasonable considering that the drinks at Moyo are ­extremely overpriced.

But from the decor to the live entertainment and gorgeous setting, Moyo uShaka is definitely worth a visit for the experience and delectable food.

If you don’t want to eat and instead want to lap up the ambience, there’s the new Moyo Pier Bar. Situated at the end of the pier built into the Indian Ocean, the double-storey glass building with decks offers ­panoramic ­360º views.

The drinks are pretty steep, though, with the cheapest glass of red wine at R28 and a Moyo Mojito – a concoction of rum, lemon juice, Appletizer and fresh mint – at R49.

This is one place where it’s worth paying just for the amazing setting, which is a ­perfect place to chill after a long day.

» Moyo uShaka Restaurant and Pier Bar are open weekdays from 11am to 10pm and weekends from 8am to 11pm. It is situated at uShaka Village Walk, 1 Bell Street, Point Waterfront 031 332 0606 or visit www.moyo.co.za for more information


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