Anyone in Cape Town will be able to tell you stories about Moyo at Spier and their amazing buffets that you just cannot get enough of. There are 4 Moyo Restaurants in the Western Cape, and we visited the fairly recently established Moyo at the V&A Waterfront. Moyo is situated where Paulaner Brauhaus used to be, and occupies a large space that has both indoor and outdoor areas.
As usual, the staff at Moyo are amazing and always ready with a smile, as we again experienced with the staff this past weekend.
We didn’t realise we were at a Moyo restaurant when we first walked in, in fact, we thought we were just at a food market. There are 20 stalls selling African produce and street food in this open air market.
One of the things we were interested in was the thought that went into the construction of Moyo. Sitting down and looking up at the roof, you will see the entire area is covered with solar panels. Look around and you’ll see herbs and lettuce growing in the natural light, fed by pools where fish live. It’s called ‘aquaponics’ and this is what they say about it on the Moyo website:
Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.
The whole setup is quite spectacular and is a look at the future of how restaurants should work. Where there is space available, why not turn it into a feature and allow food to be grown?
Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
This rings true with what Moyo have done at the V&A Waterfront, and hopefully this sort of thinking will inspire other restaurants to follow the same path to a more sustainable future. We can’t wait to get back soon and try out the food, and from previous experiences at Moyo at Spier, we’re sure it will be amazing.
Moyo at the V&A Waterfront are situated at the Clock Tower, for more information please have a look at the website Moyo.co.za