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Mogg’s Country Cookhouse

Mogg’s Country Cookhouse
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Cost
R90-R160
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Views
Food
Modern, South African
Corkage
R40 per 750ml

Critic's review

Richard Holmes

Food
Indulge in comfort cooking with a dash of creativity from Jenny and Julia Mogg, the mother-and-daughter team that have made this one of the most charming country eateries in the Cape. The menu changes with the seasons, but there’s rarely a dish that doesn’t impress with a generous portions and bold flavour. The signature lamb shank served with potato puree and a rich jus makes a regular appearance on the menu, but you could also find a fragrant chicken and prawn curry, or freshly made fishcakes. Befitting its spacious outdoor area, there’s no shortage of lighter menu options: the Mediterranean salad of chickpeas and aubergine is a firm favourite, as is the beetroot salad and beef carpaccio. With much of the fresh produce picked daily from the vegetable gardens nearby, this is honest, generous country cooking from the heart.

Drinks
The compact wine list focuses on local estates, but BYO is welcome at a minimal corkage.

Service
As you’d expect from a family-run farm restaurant, the service and welcome is warm and convivial.

Ambience
This fairy tale cottage has two faces: in winter the tables near the stone hearth are best, while on summer days you’ll want to be out on the shady terrace.

And…
Mogg’s is ideal for family dining, with plenty of outdoor entertainment and a dedicated kids’ menu on offer.

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  • Greg Landman

    Food
    Jenny and Julia Mogg, a mother and daughter team, have made this very special part of the world their very own with this popular eatery.

    The deliciously crunchy Caesar salad, dressed in a rich aioli sauce and sprinkled with deep-fried anchovies, is a very satisfying way to start. You have no idea how intense an anchovy can be until you deep fry it!

    For something more substantial, try the smoked trout served with sautéed prawns, crème fraîche, and lime and wasabi dressing – an unusual but delicious treat. Carnivores will love the substantial and wonderful lamb shank, slow roasted and served with a demi-glace Port sauce and roasted garlic. Another main worth trying is the chicken and prawn tamarind curry with sambals, chutney, tomato, onion and a deep-fried poppadum, which is a superb mix of flavours and textures. The daily pie could be oxtail, duck or venison.

    The stand-out dessert is the deliciously rich warm Mississippi mud pie with caramelised pears and fresh cream. Be aware that the menu changes seasonally, depending what's at the market and what the chef feels worth presenting.

    Drinks 
    There's an adequate wine list with with some great wines like the Beaumont Chenin Blanc, as well as others from this famous wine area.

    Service 
    It’s a warm and comfortable affair, with one of the owners always in attendance.

    Ambience
    You’ll find this restaurant in a small cottage dripping with atmosphere – as rustic as can be. It’s very real, with no attempt at anything fancy. Outside, the grass leads down to a small pond and the herb garden; the latter is also a source of the flavours that appear in their cooking.

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    This is a much vied-for wedding venue, and no wonder, it’s like a scene out of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

    (July 2014)

  • family-run country-style restaurant surrounded by the splendour of mountains, orchards and vineyards. Words like rustic, rich, nourishing, slow-roasted and home-baked come to mind. A long-time favourite for families. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    Mother and daughter team Jenny and Julia Mogg have managed over the last 17 years to carve a legendary place for themselves in these parts. Robust country flavours abound in menu items like superbly nourishing barley and oxtail soup; twice-baked blue cheese soufflé with a cauliflower purée; and the richest homemade ice cream in this neck of the woods. Other features are slow-roasted lamb shank with lemon, garlic and basil sauce, and kudu pie with pumpkin fritters. The menu changes all the time.

    Wine
    A good small list, well priced and featuring some specials from the famous wine estates here.

    Service
    Just like being at someone’s home: relaxed and informal.

    Ambience
    The cottage looks like a movie set. It’s very rustic, with cats, dogs and chickens adding to the bucolic charm. The walls are covered in arty works done by the family, all for sale. In good weather, there’s an area for kids to play (under the watchful eye of the adults) at the edge of a small lake.

    And...
    It’s well worth the trip on the short untarred road as you enter the farm itself. (GL, October 2012)

User reviews

  • An overdue return visit to Mogg's reminded us what a glorious country style venue this is, so close yet so far from the ever increasing greater Hermanus urban sprawl, and also the development in the Hemel en Aarde Valley. Owner managed by the Mogg family, the food is delicious, the service friendly and efficient and somehow it is perfect for families, many with small children and other diners with no children. The added benefit now of an intelligent, well priced and comprehensive wine list (being independent thankfully, a range of labels are featured), with wines available by the glass and caraffe too. The unique pine cone ceiling, eclectic art (for sale, and we snapped up a colourful collage of pomegranets) are all still there, but they now also take credit cards, previously it was cash only. If this was in Britain or Europe it would be written up in 'Country Living' style magazines also foodie mags such as 'Olive', but thankfully loyal local support and savvy visitors here, keep it happily busy!
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  • In 2012 we have been for a lunch at Mogg's. Great Place and wonderful food. We are looking forward to visit Mogg's again during our next vacation in SA.
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  • We visited Mogg's with friends on the first Sunday of 2013, and it was worth every kilometer to the farm. Wonderful setting and even better food!

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  • Best experience I have ever had at a restaurant. Great food, great service and amazing setting. Thank you.

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  • Finally had the chance to eat at Moggs this week and was well worth the wait! Setting is beauiful, food sublime, service friendly and welcoming. Thanks so much to the staff for accomodating us without a booking and for the warm shawl when the rain moved in! Wonderful place to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary, will definitely be back again...and again.
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  • We have heard such a lot about Moggs before but never had the opportunity to eat there. What a gem! We sat outside, the extent of the menu was a surprise and the day was really well spent in the country side. I can certainly recommend this for all food lovers and day trippers looking for an outing.
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  • Eating at Moggs is a very special experience and should not be undertaken if you are the eat and rush type. The food, the ambience and the service is all about gentle enjoyment. This restaurant is a rare find in todays world of over priced mediocre establishments. Moggs under promise and overdeliver. The food is fresh, superbly prepared and mouth watering.
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Menu

Set menu - Seasonal menu changes frequently

Facilities

  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Vegetarian

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