It’s the time of the year for taking stock of financial things; tax certificates and royalty statements are arriving in my post box. Last week brought a small cheque for royalties from a long-forgotten book. I decided to take the family out for lunch. I was keen on sushi, but we are a democratic household and I was outvoted by Original Bunn and her best friend and so we went to Moyo atZooLake.

Moyo is a franchised chain of restaurants with an African theme, essentially a tourist trap and very expensive. Still, the locations of all the branches are set in very pretty scenery and our local is in walking distance of our home. The kids love it because they can take a boat ride on the lake while we wait for our food and they enjoy having their faces painted by the staff and we go there fairly often, especially when we have guests from abroad.

Arguably, simple is always wise, and the burger is probably a better choice than the more exotic dishes on the menu. The girls chose this and the pumpkin and sweet potato bread rolls that encased the patty were a big win. Worth R60 each, I am not sure.

My own meal cost R160, fine enough, but no great shakes; South African Springbok (I didn’t know there were any other kind?) fillet wrapped in a brandy marinated chicken breast served on mashed potato, spinach and a sherry cream sauce. Old Spouse raved about his Samaki Kavu, a spicy fish curry (R130). 

As always, the service was dismal, but we managed to enjoy the afternoon anyway, despite the rowdy company at the table next-door.

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44 Comments Add yours

  1. earlybird says:

    It looks like a happy family lunch.

  2. Leeswammes says:

    That looks lovely. Sorry, but I guess I would be that tourist that gets “trapped” into a place like that. The only few days I ever had (home-made) South African food, it was absolutely delicious.

    But those birds, what a nuisance! It wouldn’t happen if the service was better and they cleared up faster. That would be annoying me no end!

    1. theonlycin says:

      We have become used to bad service in South Africa and tolerate it 😦

      1. bluebee says:

        You should try Sydney for bad service – supercilious for the most part!

      2. theonlycin says:

        Really bb? I wouldn’t have thought so 😦

  3. the birds are part of the south african ambience, begging everywhere

    glad your meal was better than my last one in CT at moyo.

    you picked what looks like the only sunny spell this weekend for outside, well done

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, isn’t this weather bleak?

  4. Rita says:

    It must have been a wonderful lunch! I love outdoors lunches when the season is right, especially with kids: they make everything funnier! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      That they do, Rita 🙂

  5. Maybe you could try the line I try here when I get quoted prices:
    “I’m a local, not a tourist – so what is the local price?” Works every time. *thumbs-up*
    The girls face paint looks very pretty.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Doesn’t work in Johannesburg 😦 all about the money.

  6. souldipper says:

    Sounds like a great way to “do” a family meal. Looks like the cleanup crew was looking for a tip!

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, yes, they are shameless 😉

  7. johnlmalone says:

    the food looks great; I don’t know about the prices — how they rate with Australian prices

    1. theonlycin says:

      1 Rand = Australian Dollar 0.137849

  8. granny1947 says:

    The burgers look delicious.
    Love you.

  9. nrhatch says:

    Looks like OB and her friend enjoyed the outing. It’s nice to eat outdoors, weather permitting.

    Guess your royalty check was quickly gobbled up. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yep, all gone 🙂

  10. slpmartin says:

    Well at least you had some time with the family away from all the editing and writing…right? Have a great weekend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, it was a nice break 🙂

  11. Going out to lunch with family is priceless. Beautiful scenery, even the rowdy next table. Wow! Those birds are huge! Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      The birds are a bit of a pest, but we tolerate them 😉

  12. Tammy McLeod says:

    I love the photo of the girls. What a pleasant day!

  13. Jamie Dedes says:

    Kids always love such places, the stuff of good memories. Love the photo of the girls and your rowdy neighbors!

  14. I hv no idea what that currency means 🙂 but the face painting made me feel a bit dreamy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      They’re such special friends, love seeing them happy together 🙂

  15. Tilly Bud says:

    Those face paintings are wonderful. I’ve never seen ones like it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I guess it must be a local painting style?

  16. libraryscene says:

    i want my face painted (insert annoying whine here)…love the picture of the girls…my question, do they overprice the wine, that is always my pet peeve..cheers ~

    1. that insert was really funny

    2. theonlycin says:

      Yes, the wine is marked up about 120% above retail price 😦

  17. The kids would have loved that venue. And the pigeons…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Are our pigeons bigger than the London ones, Kate?

  18. klrs09 says:

    What a nice way to spend an afternoon — one of these days you’ll have to do a currency conversion for me — have no idea what R160 would be in Canadian dollars. Restaurants are quite expensive here — especially chains, but if you want something gourmet or a ‘cut above’ you literally pay through the nose. Loved the face painting on (I’m assuming your daughter)– very pretty, both.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Kathy, my daughter is the one with the bigger painted flowers on her cheek 🙂

  19. sue chef says:

    Only ever been to the Cape Town Moyo and we enjoyed our evening, probably because we weren’t paying!!

  20. Liane says:

    Your daughter looks quite a bit like you, Cindy 🙂

  21. Tokeloshe says:

    Love the photo of Original Bunn and her best friend 😉

  22. Jamie Dedes says:

    This is where I came in. Thanks, Cindy, for another lovely visit.

    Happy days …

  23. I always love just being there. I dont always enjoy the food so much. I think it is very North African rather than South African. Wine is good! However, wine is good anywhere….. xx

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