Where to eat: Moyo – Johannesburg, South Africa

Are you looking for some great veggie eats in South Africa? Oh, you will actually find them everywhere, I have hardly ever before been so happy about the vegetarian food anywhere in the world as during my ten days in South Africa! However, I would recommend that you visit Moyo anyway, it is a cool place – and they have some great vegetarian versions of traditional South African dishes. They serve modern sophisticated African food, in generous portions.

My first meeting with Moyo was in Johannesburg – or Jo´burg, according to the locals. I went here for lunch my first day in SA with three fellow bloggers, and we got a warm welcome in their restaurant in Melrose Arch. I loved the tasty decorated tables, with flowers and small details to remind you that you are in Africa after all – despite the hyper modern surroundings of this huge outdoor complex of shops and restaurants. The waiters are attentive and happily answer any question you may have of South African cuisine, and they guide you through a lovely meal.

We started out sharing a selection of samosa, my favorite was the one with cheese and spring onion.

For the main course I had the lentil bobotie, a mix of red and brown lentils baked with raisins and covered with egg custard. It was delicious, and beside I snacked on some sweet roasted carrots with honey and cumin and green beans with sesame seeds. This was my first meal in SA, I was so satisfied and full after the meal – and it continued like that for every single meal for ten days! The ones who say they only serve meat in South Africa are wrong!

After travelling around for some days and attending the INDABA conference, I returned to Moyo – this time to their branch by the beach in Durban. In the evenings there are lively music and dance – and we were met by traditional dancers performing to live drums before our meal.

You can also have your face painted – look how cute Nadine and Sir Paul from TheNadwork look when they´re decorated with flowers!

I had the vegetable bastilla for dinner, a maroccan inspired parcel filled with veggies and cheese, served with mint tomato chutney. Again, I had a lovely meal, and some nice South African wine to go with it.

Moyo has branches in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and two other locations on the Western Cape – so if you ever go to South Africa, make sure you check if there is a Moyo near you!

Have you eaten at Moyo recently? Please leave a comment on your experience.

I visited Moyo when I joined a campaign brought to you by the South African Tourism board, supported and managed by iambassador. However, Taste of Slow maintains full editorial control of the content published on this site, and all opinions are my own.




About the Author Elin

I´m an Oslo based web publisher with passion for communication, travel and a green lifestyle. When I travel, I prefer to go slow, sustainable, and “live like a local”. Why slow? It is about challenging the cult of speed, and to enjoy the small things in life and to live in the present.

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