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Myoga Restaurant at The Vineyard Hotel & Spa

Myoga Restaurant at The Vineyard Hotel & Spa
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Cost
R350 for Lunch 5 Course and R550 Dinner 7 Course
Ambience
Business meetings, Groups, Special occasions, Views
Food
Fine-dining food, South African, Steak, Tapas
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Lynda Ingham-Brown

Food
Chef Mike Basset continues to impress with his deft fusion cuisine. The great-value, seven-course dinner tasting menu (with optional wine pairing) showcases his seamless combination of ingredients from east and west, with most of these items available on the à la carte menu, too. Start with the likes of salty Bosmans air-dried ham with creamy Puglia burrata, truffled white peach and preserved yellow tomato. It’s so good you'll want to lick the plate clean.

The grilled, hand-diced Woodview Wagyu with porcini dust and tomato chipotle is a strong act to follow, as is the squid-ink spaghetti with salmon ‘bacon’ and yuzu pearls that explode in the mouth, cutting perfectly through the fish's salty richness. For mains, choose between the likes of chimichurri beef with white mushroom ‘mac and cheese’ sauce, bone marrow, oxtail jus and crisp potato ‘laces’, or Vietnamese aromatic lamb with an Asian-pear dipping sauce and red cabbage purée.

Desserts change often, but you might encounter the likes of sago pudding with passion-fruit sorbet, meringue shards and toasted coconut, or a chocolate mousse dome with banana caramel and sorbet, marshmallow, burnt white chocolate and caramel pearls.

Drinks
An excellent selection of local wines, MCC, French Champagne and spirits, plus artisanal beers, cocktails and soft drinks.

Service
Attentive, friendly and knowledgable.

Ambience
Myoga is a modern, stylish space with a view into the circular open kitchen.

And…
Stay overnight at the hotel and visit the spa the next day to relax.

(August 2017)

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  • John Maytham

    Food
    Chef/patron Mike Bassett is now more involved with Myoga on a day-to-day basis than was the case for far too many months. And that hands-on involvement pays dividends in a sharper menu focus, a greater flavour harmony, and more committed staff. The philosophy remains ‘east meets west’ and a very contemporary culinary imagination blends the two corners of the globe in a spicy mélange of the highest quality. The seven-course tasting menu, with five options per course, remains exceptional value at R365 (R650 with wine pairing).

    A palate tickler of barley oats ‘porridge’ with miso milk sets the bar very high. It’s a dish of almost impossible silkiness that includes all the members of the onion family and lots of butter and parmesan. The Korean pork belly is richly, smokily tender; the shucked oysters come with a tartly delicious oyster lemonade; the Angus beef fillet almost traditional with roasted bone marrow, béarnaise and ox tongue croquettes; and the show stopper dessert is the Death of Strawberry Shortcake with a topping of strawberry candyfloss that melts when the warm strawberry sauce is poured over, revealing the sweet treasures underneath.

    If seven courses seem too much, the a la carte menu contains many of the dishes that feature on the tasting menu. Hope and pray that the 18-hour ginger lemongrass lamb is available. The vegetarian options are limited but delicious.

    Drinks
    This very good wine list has well-chosen examples of both the well-established and the innovative parts of the industry. The wine pairings are generally excellent and, when they are not, the affable waiters are knowledgeable enough to suggest an alternative.

    Service
    The welcome at the front door is warm – and warmth and efficiency remain the key words through the eating experience. Product knowledge of a complex menu is excellent.

    Ambience
    After a revamp, Myoga welcomes with a light, white space.

    And...
    A walk through the exquisite gardens of the Vineyard Hotel provides a gentle appetite stimulant before lunch or a summer dinner.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • Wonderful eating experience
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  • My husband and I regularly go to Myoga and have always enjoyed the high standard of food, the wonderful selection and the ambience. It really is a treat. But last night was a great disappointment. The menu has 10 options (despite the gorgeous pictures of previous dishes on the Facebook page). The idea is that you chose 5 of the 10 options. The problem is that the menu is extremely limited! I am pregnant and the only item I could have off the menu was the risotto. It was nice, but for an upmarket restaurant it left much to be desired. We have recently been to a number of other good restaurants in the area and every single one of them has made a plan to substitue or accommodate me. Except Myoga. I think with the great selection of up and coming, trendy restaurants we have here in Cape Town, it's best to give this one a miss until they have updated their menu and changed some options-it is very dated. They used to have a really amazing 7 course tasting menu with about 3 or 4 different options for each course. The new 10 Option menu really did not have very exciting dishes at all. We will not be returning.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dress code
  • Eat Out reviewed
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Wheelchair

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