Mozambik, over the border without a passport
I first visited Mozambik about two months after they opened in 2005 and it has been a firm favourite since my first man size beer all those years ago. I do miss the days of the owner Brett hanging around the restaurant and Kingsley Holgate perched at the bar but we have all changed and businesses must grow and people move on. Mozambik in Ballito is the original restaurant of this now very successful franchise and in my humble opinion it is still the one with the best vibe.
Friday and Saturdays have more of a pub vibe and the place is packed so make sure you have a booking. The rest of the week this is a great family friendly restaurant with a relaxed vibe and a small but adequate play area.
Don’t go expecting fine china and boutique wine, this is not the place for luxury. The plates are sometimes chipped and the food lacks presentation. However what you will get is the friendliest restaurant in Ballito where the food is excellent, the staff always smiling and a venue that makes you feel like you are sitting on a Mozambican beach.
The always fresh and perfectly cooked linefish teamed with Cabo Del Gado or the spicy Zambeziana sauce will make your taste buds sing. My favourite dish that I boringly tend to order is rump trinchado with coconut rice. The sauce will make you want to lick your plate and nobody will give you a strange look if you do.
The prices have gone up and the old regulars have moved on but this is still the same Mozambik with the delicious food, party atmosphere and smiling staff that it always was. Go there for a fun night with friends, a relaxing date or a dinner with your kids (you won’t see them most of the night as they are playing with the staff or watching a movie).
Check out their website at http://www.mozambik.co.za/ and make a reservation.