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Moyo (Kirstenbosch)

Moyo (Kirstenbosch)
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Cost
R130 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
African, Buffet, Light meals, Modern, Moroccan, South African, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Graham Howe

Food
This is a popular breakfast and lunch spot with tasty versions of all the classics, from meaty “kraal” grills to peri peri prawns and Senegalese linefish. If you’re there over the weekend, you can either do a la carte or go the whole hog and do the legendary buffet - an authentic pan-African feast of traditional dishes which take your tastebuds travelling from North, West and East Africa to the South. The starters tempt with exotic fare like Somalian butternut cakes, croc tail pies and fried mopane worms.

There’s something for everyone and every pocket, with an extensive menu. From Moroccan tagines, Karoo lamb and Berbere venison potjies to really good burgers, bobotie and bunny chow. Lighter appetites will enjoy the hearty African sandwiches which are full of spicy flavour and stuffed with unusual fillings, from tasty harissa-rubbed chicken to Moroccan lamb - served in a wrap, panini or on homemade pumpkin bread. Vegetarians will find a good choice of salads, soups, sandwiches and the excellent three-bean potjie. Moyo remains an essential tourist experience - don’t miss delicious sides like pap, samp ‘n beans and African spinach - and a popular venue for locals visiting the gardens.

Drinks
Good selection of beer, affordable wine by carafe and bottle, signature African-flavoured tiki cocktails and martinis.

Service
Warm and attentive servers are dressed in bright ethnic costumes, as are the musicians and singers.

Ambience
Bright and airy on the terrace, Moyo is family friendly, right down to a special kid’s menu and African trademark face-painting for the little and big kids.

And…
Enjoy the great-value breakfast buffet (R99 pp) then take a post-meal stroll around the magnificent Kirstenbosch Gardens.

(September 2016)

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User reviews

  • Wow the ambiance is awesome. Just love the atmosphere and the great service. The buffet is so great, value for money and everything you love eating. Can't get enough of it. Just loved it.
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  • We visited Moyo at Kirstenbosch today expecting the same sort of vibe, good food and service that we had experienced at the many other Moyo chain restaurants that we had been to before. Thinking as regular visitors, who normally picnic at Kirstenbosch, it would be a nice change to spoil the kids with a restaurant lunch, as it was a little nippy to sit outside. We asked for a high chair for our son, who at almost 14 months is an active little guy. Our happiness on seeing the pink high chair arrive, very quickly turned to disappointment and not because the chair was pink. The clipping mechanism was broken and there was no way of securing him in the chair. Sadly, the first manager that we spoke to, cared as much for the dilemma as he may have for watching paint dry. For us as patrons trying to eat a meal single handed (whilst controlling a toddler in the other) is neither pleasant nor enjoyable. We told the waiter who found it funny… really have a toddler climb out of a high chair and potentially land on their head… funny…. Seriously??!! My husband was forced to collect the pram so that our son could be safely accommodated for our meal at Moyo – a family restaurant – I don’t think so much anymore. Whilst he was gone (almost 10 minutes) another manager was called. She seemed to understand the problem, but (using her words here) as she didn’t have children, didn’t realize the problem of not having clips to safely secure a toddler in a high chair. It’s not rocket science… prams have 5-point safety systems for a reason, and most high chairs are sold with a minimum 3-point safety system. As I waited for my husband to return another high chair was deployed, I noticed it too was missing the harnessing… I have one question for the management, “Are you asking for a problem?” or “Are you just plain begging to be sued for not complying with basic child safety?” We ordered a blueberry muffin, a slice of red velvet cake and a biltong and blue cheese open faced-sandwich. What a complete and utter disappointment the food was, with the exception of the blueberry muffin, which was fresh and tasted good. The slice of red velvet cake was far from fresh and, unfortunately for Moyo Kirstenbosch, I have had many far nicer. Unfortunately the salad that accompanied the sandwich that my husband had, would have been better if the lettuce had been rinsed properly. Please know this is not an epic moan about a bad experience, rather a shared experience that it simply does match the experiences that we have had in the past at the Moyo’s at Stellenbosch (Spier), V&A, Melrose Arch, etc.
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  • Really disappointing. Unpleasant, rushed and impersonal service with an attitude. Small, overdone, tough, tasteless fillet that didn't taste anything like a fillet cut. My boyfriend's mother found a piece of plastic that looked like a clothes label in her lamb shank, and the manager made a lousy excuse and walked away, leaving her with the same meal. The "entertainment" stood right at our table as our food came (so it went cold) and then stood there expecting payment afterwards. And to top it off you have to pay an entrance fee of R150 for three, just to ENTER the gardens to get to the restaurant. Definitely will not go back.
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  • The worst dining experience ever! Food is so bad its inedible. I could not even recognise the ingredients, ok, except for the salad, which still had wet lettuce leaves. Service? I'm not sure one could even call it that. I spent the evening fighting to hold onto my drink. The waiter was determined to clear ALL the glasses - full or empty! Being a no-red meat eater, I would have been happy to have the fish, but it was coated in curry. Those, in the party who did eat it said it was very dry. I was, after waiting an hour, handed a vegetarian meal: Half a can of baked beans emptied over a pile of cous-cous. Not exactly restaurant cuisine. They had the audacity to call it a cous-cous salad...? This restaurant is an embarrassment to South African food, or even African food. Unfortunately the tourists will probably grin and bear it....and the exhorbitant prices! Lets hope they venture into our better restaurants in Cape Town. Shame on you, Moyo!
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  • What a disappointment. Having been to Moyo at Spier several times a number of years ago, I jumped at the opportunity of an online discounted voucher to Moyo Stellenbosch! Well, I don't know what has happened but it was an aweful evening, everything from the blaring jarring music (not the singer as he was quite good, but at the right volume for dinner) to the ambiance which was unimaginative as was the food which was very disappointing (the only things that were good were the chicken and Oxtail soup - delicious) and nothing like the quality that we experienced at the original Moyo. Service was pleasant but too casual and lacked expertise. Glad I didn't pay full price because I think I would have demanded my money back. A real shame because the Moyo I remember and cherish was charming and a special happy memory. I have family coming out from overseas in November and January and I definitely won't recommend we go there. Sad, really...
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  • This chain seems to specialise in slow service, shame as every other Cape restaurant we visited was great - shouldn't have gone wrong with such a fantastic setting.

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  • Such a lovely location but what a disappointment the food is. This is a real tourist trap.

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  • The actual venue is pleasant, with friendly staff and nice decor, however, I can't compliment the food in the same way... We arrived at 12pm on a Sunday, and ordered food around 1pm. Our food only arrived at 2pm. I was ravenous by that stage. But sadly the Oxtail I ordered was barely warm! I sent it back immediately to be warmed. It returned 15 minutes later, after everyone else had finished their food, barely warmer than the first time, and without any of the gravy (which had obviously been scraped off the first time). By that stage I was so hungry I simply had to eat it. The flavour wasn't great at all, and the meat was so tough I struggled to get it off the bone. If I hadn't been so hungry, I wouldn't have eaten the rest of it.

    The worst part is that it's the most expensive Oxtail I've ever had at R159 for 3 bones! It's clearly aimed at ripping off tourists and after that experience I simply can't recommend Moyo to anyone.

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  • Just had a most lovely luncheon at Moyo with my mother. What an amazing treat! The food was not only delicious, but also served in beautiful presentation. Staff was professional, charming, attentive, superb. Ambience of venue could not have been more breathtaking at the foot of table mountain overlooking the gardens. We had a delightful, memorable experience.

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  • All in all an experience never to be forgotten! Service was horrendous, there is no ambience in the evening (we felt like we were sitting in a cafe). While the weather was perfect, there were no tables set outside! We waited two an a half hours for our food to arrive and when it eventually did, the quality was shocking! Will definitely not be recommending this place to our friends! And all 10 of us felt the same!

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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