Myoga: Contemporary fusion at the foot of Table Mountain

My goodness, what a great Christmas and new year we’ve had. Hence the total silence on the blogging front for quite some time.

I’m back and ready to go – full of ideas and plans for 2013, so keep reading.

So I have two brothers and two sisters and we’re all very close together in age…I’m the oldest and am just over six years older than my youngest brother. We live on three different continents (Europe, Africa and Australia) so it’s rare that we’re all in the same place at the same time. This Christmas was one of those times as we all converged on Cape Town for a family wedding (my Aunt’s – she’s 80 and it was her first wedding), Christmas, new year and general catch-up time. So It was a spectacular festive season for all of us.

Me with my Mom and brothers and sisters
Me with my Mom and brothers and sisters on Christmas Day

All good things must come to an end, so I got to thinking of somewhere for “the adults” to go for dinner before my sister and brother-in-law Debbie and Steve flew back to Aus.Which is how we chose Myoga. It’s in the beautiful Vineyard Hotel and Spa in Newlands in Cape Town, nestling at the foot of Table Mountain.

Their award-winning chef Mike Bassett, produces dishes best described as contemporary fusion and they do an amazing seven-course tasting menu for R265 (about £20). Here are some of the fabulous dishes we sampled.

The best vol au vent
Mushroom vol auvent with mustard and mushroom soy
Smoked trout ceviche with wasabi spuma
Pan fried prawns, sweet chilli and coriander spuma
Seven-spice springbok bresaola, baby beets, baby leaves and honey mustard
Thai-inspired green curry chowder, whitefish, mussels, truffle roasted sweetcorn and charred red pepper salsa
asparagus salad
Holumi salad, asparagus, roast red peppers, soft boiled egg and balsamic reduction
Truffle teriyaki beef, sous vide fillet, tempura vegetable, nam jim and spiced cilantro pachadi
Duo of lamb, lamb rogan josh with potato, lavender honey crusted lamb cutlet, cucumber raita foam and preserved lemon
Berry bomb, white chocolate, strawberry parfait, black cherry coulis
more pudding
Fudge cheesecake, coffee ice cream and cocoa macaroons

All fabulous, and with something for everyone. The three dishes that really stood out for me were the springbok bresaola (I need to eat a big plate of that all to myself), the holumi salad and the Thai-inspired green curry chowder. In fact I’ll be begging the restaurant for the chowder recipe shortly to see if I can even attempt to recreate it at home.

Thank you Myoga for a fabulous farewell family dinner. We really couldn’t have chosen a better place.

The view from the garden at the Vineyard Hotel
The view from the garden at the Vineyard Hotel

Myoga is in the Vineyard Hotel and Spa, Colinton Road, off Protea Road, Newlands, Cape Town. Visit for more.


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