This novel cocktail bar has positioned itself as an authentic, unconventional interpretation of modern Africa. For starters, try the samp arancini with calabash relish and green leaf pesto, and the springbok rolls with baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and caramelised onion. For mains, the beef boerie wheel, zamalek and tomato sous is filling, and vegetarians are catered for with a butternut bunny chow or the Veggie, comprising aubergine sesame seed curry, a popped wafer and braised city-grown baby carrots.
For dessert, malva brûlée or koeksister bread-and-butter pudding and chocolate milk tarts are on offer.
Guests can pick their choice of the 12 long, strong, short or fresh signature cocktails (for R85) from a beautifully designed and well-thought-out menu. With names like ‘Umphokoqo for Madiba’, ‘Iphutha’ and ‘Umfazi & Indunda’, all the cocktails have been formulated with African ingredients. Sit at the bar and chat to the mixologists as you watch them make your cocktail. You’ll need to be patient, especially when the bar is full, as they do take some time to create. Try the Kenyan Proverb, which has almond, coffee, citrus and rooibos; the Port of Hope with smoke, peach and light bitter notes; or the Mashonza as a party trick, which is served in a specially-designed ceramic cocoon meant to resemble the mopani worm. Enjoy with a complimentary bowl of delicious roasted pumpkin seeds.
Bar staff and waitrons are enthusiastic and more than willing to explain every single cocktail on the menu.
Mootee is a dimly lit bar with a specialised cocktail bar upstairs, seating both inside and outside, and a private area for more intimate gatherings. It feels like you could be sitting in a speakeasy. A cabinet filled with interesting items, some of which look herbal, give you the sense that various concoctions are being experimented with on-site.
It’s 100% bartender-owned and was recently crowned as one of 2018’s Top 10 Best New cocktail bars in the 2018 Spirit Awards.
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