Urban Moyo is an offshoot and contemporary take on the original Africa-themed family restaurant brand Moyo. This Sandton restaurant has a chic interior, sick finishes and a menu that is African at its cosmopolitan best. Catering to all tastes – including vegetarians and vegans – the chefs here have devised dishes that cross the continent bringing exciting flavours from all points of the compass. Think Moroccan tagines and South African potjies, rich flavours and bold spices.
The menu is cleverly organised with a wide range of options so no matter the size of your appetite you’ll find something satisfying. Choose from nibbles, a range of breads that include biltong potbrood, cumin chapati with a chickpea chili dip and a Rooibos seeded bread with honey grape jam, salads or plates to share. The prices are also satisfying, bucking the usual Sandton trend, with small plates from crocodile with creamy mustard sauce, to roasted smoked bone marrow and venison carpaccio each served for well under R100.
There is a broad choice of coal fire grilled main dishes – from Lamb rump and venison to our favourite – the flamed dukkah linefish or the roasted chermoula cauliflower steak. And for groups, platters of meat, seafood or fried chicken that serve three to four people.
For dessert try South African classics like Malva tart, a traditional jammy baked pudding with butterscotch sauce or a selection of South African cheeses.
The restaurant has a good-looking bar and lounge area and for summer days and nights a roomy patio that is definitely designed for lingering. The interior is all dark woods and leather, cleverly lit to create an intimate feel. Pillars are clad in wood, and the indoor ceiling has been designed to resemble that of the outdoor patio where you can see the sky through wooden poles. In all it has the feel of a modern African boma.
The absolute must-try are the cocktails inspired by South Africa’s nine provinces, as much for the tastes as for the sheer novelty of travelling the country. We are fans in particular of the Northern Cape, not usually a standout province, but one that will become entirely memorable for its blend of Inverroche gin, chai tea, lemon juice, berry juice and tonic water. The cocktails are served with flair, and you’ll also find that your food is plated to perfection.
A line-up of Saturday jazz is planned so for details check out Urban Moyo’s social media pages.