Wanting Moyo of a sea life

2010-05-01 00:00

IF you are looking for a new dining experience, look no further.

Durban will soon have an African- themed restaurant on a pier — the first restaurant of its kind to be built in South Africa.

The new dining and entertainment venue will be an extension of the existing Moyo restaurant at uShaka Marine World and will open at the end of May, just in time for the World Cup.

Theuns Smuts, owner of Moyo in Ushaka, told the Weekend Witness that the plans for the restaurant began two years ago.

“The pier restaurant was always part of our initial plans. We just had to get planning permission from the city. Two years later, our dream has come true,” he said.

Smuts said he wants to offer international, but more importantly, local customers, an exciting African dining experience.

The construction of the restaurant was a complex process, according to head architect Richard Stretton of Koop Designs, the company tasked with designing the building. Stretton said that the building was made of mostly pre-fabricated material and that building contractors had to adhere to very strict environmental laws during the construction.

Most of the materials used in the construction had to be painted on land before being brought onto the pier so that no hazardous liquids fell into the water.

“There are a lot of dedicated people working on this project. It was like building in a jungle because of the location of the project,” he said.

With just a few weeks before the restaurant opens, Smuts and his team are working feverishly to ensure that there are no hiccups on opening day.

Smuts said that the restaurant will serve African tapas-style food and their famous tangines.

“All the food will be prepared in the main Moyo kitchen and then reconstructed in the pier kitchen. It’s going to be a unique dining experience for everyone,” he said.

The restaurant will also feature late-night entertainment for party animals.

“We will be open until late for those customers who want to enjoy cocktails while watching the sea,” he said.

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