An African experience in a magical garden

Okay, to call Kirstenbosch, which sits at the foot of Table Mountain, a garden is really not doing it justice. It’s one of the great botannical gardens of the world full of the most amazing trees and flowers and spectacular views.

Moyo recently opened there – it’s a fun restaurant with African entertainment and cuisine made from African produce. The menu’s comprehensive with an exotic-sounding choice compiled from all over the diverse continent.

We went for a family lunch – eight adults and eight children and it was perfect for everyone. Sunday is their “buffet and braai” day but you can also eat off the a la carte menu. We sat out under the trees while the kids ran around the open spaces until their food arrived.

The buffet was impressive with plenty to choose from, like this amazingly tasty peanut and shrimp soup.

This tasty soup originates from xxx

This tasty soup originates from Nigeria

Also on offer were a range of stews like lamb tagine and oxtail Amos.

Lamb tagine and oxtail from the buffet with rice, cous cous and vegetables

Lamb tagine and oxtail from the buffet with rice, cous cous and vegetables

Off the a la carte we tried the grilled linefish (today it was kingklip) dusted with mustard seeds and spices and served with a fresh chermoula sauce.

Fresh kingklip with an amazing spicy flavour

Fresh kingklip with an amazing spicy flavour

My choice was the ostrich berberre – tender, juicy pieces of ostrich marinated in a classic Ethiopian spices blend of cloves, cardamom, ginger and cayenne pepper, served with nhopi dovi – a Zimbabwean concoction of mashed pumpkin with groundnut paste.

The ostrich was perfectly cooked – tender and flavoursome

The ostrich was perfectly cooked – tender and flavoursome

There’s a great selection for kids to choose from like this substantial prego roll.

The prego roll was one of the great selection of dishes for kids

The prego roll was one of the great selection of dishes for kids

A totally laid back way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon. There’s African music to get you in the mood and face painters come around to display their artistic skills.

Here’s a taster of the views you can look forward to. And one final piece of advice – go  a couple of hours before lunch and take a long walk through this magical garden. You’ll totally fall in love with it.

Looking across the gardens to Table Mountain

Looking across the gardens to Table Mountain

One of the Jurassic Park-like avenues to explore

One of the Jurassic Park-like avenues to explore

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