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*All distances listed are as the crow flies, and not actual travel distances.
Johannesburg Zoo, Hillbrow Tower, Liliesleaf Farm, Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square, SAB World of Beer, Satyagraha House, Constitution Hill, Brenthurst Gardens, Newtown Cultural Precinct, Nelson Mandela Bridge, Johannesburg Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, Enoch Sontonga Memorial Park, Radium Beer Hall, ABSA Art Gallery, The Bag Factory, Bensusan Photographic Museum, Oriental Plaza, Standard Bank Gallery, MuseuMAfricA
The highly successful Moyo Restaurant chain began in Norwood, Johannesburg in 1998 and from those early days has opened a number of franchise venues in the main centres. Described as urban African dining, the décor at Moyo and relaxed food experience is a breath of fresh air for diners. Each of the restaurants offer something unique but remain within the overall African theme. The chain ran into some difficulty in 2013 and under new management has recovered to continue putting out good food and entertaining visitors.
Moyo offers 2 menus; the Origins menu presents African-style cooking with a South African twist, while the Life menu consists of light, contemporary breakfast and lunch meals prepared with an African slant. A children’s menu completes the offering.
Music is a big part of the experience and good vibes get the feet tapping and keep the energy levels high.
Wish-wash ladies arrive in song to give diners the opportunity to wash their hands before eating and provide a face painting service to willing guests. This involves hand-painting of tiny, unique patterns on the side of the face or cheek, loved by patrons young and old and enlivening any group photo. After an hour or two, the dried paint is easily removed.
Communal feasting is available for special events and while this sounds primitive, it’s essentially well-prepared food served in a buffet style.
The Moyo restaurant at the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town combines an aquaponics urban farm with a solar-powered market arcade and of course, the restaurant. On the opposite side of the spectrum is Moyo at uShaka Marine World in Durban. This restaurant is located on the pier and is support by concrete pillars deep into the sea where diners have magnificent 360° ocean views.
Dining at Moyo is an entertaining way of sampling good African food and hospitality.