I headed over to Mo-Zam-Bik Gateway for the first time on Wednesday night. My first time at any Mo-Zam-Bik actually! The restaurant is Portuguese themed, rustic and homely. There are no fancy decorative items or linen on the tables. It is all kept quite simple and reminds you of a beach
The 4th leg of Celebrity Chef Showdown was being held between Gangs of Ballet and Rosie Motene. During any of the Celebrity Chef Showdowns the food that is prepared is from the original restaurant menu. I chose to go with the Gangs of Ballet menu since it was all seafood. We had a grilled calamari starter with either lemon garlic butter or peri peri sauce, I went for the latter.
The calamari was perfectly tender and such a generous portion, served with a fresh Portuguese roll to mop up the delicious sauce. Next was the grilled Dorado main in either lemon and herb, peri peri or zambeziana sauce which is their signature and a mix of coconut and chilli. Heat seeker that I am I went for peri peri again. You could choose to have your fish accompanied by either arroz de coco (a coconut rice), fries, Mediterranean vegetables or a side salad.
I chose Mediterranean veg, while my friend amy went for the lemon and herb sauce with arroz de coco so that we could try each others. Both were equally scrumptious. Again the portion was huge, a thick cut of fish drenched in sauce with a healthy portion of veg/rice. The Dorado was succulent and flaking, the veg crisp and flavouful. I’m drooling just writing about it. I regret not trying the zambeziana sauce, if you go in do try the signature sauce as well as arroz de coco, it was fragrant with a slight coconut taste and so light.
Dessert was a sweet toothed treat of chocolate rissoles. Three plump, crispy moons filled generously with bar one chocolate and served with chocolate topped ice cream. What a way to end a perfect meal. I wish I had the space for every morsel, nothing deserved to be left behind. Go to Mo-Zam-Bik hungry! And stop licking the screen :P
I’ll be going back for more of their seafood and Portuguese flair. I loved how at home I felt and the no frills approach with all focus on the food.
Celebrity Chef Showdown offers a chance to try a new restaurant and is great value for money in my opinion. The meal above for R180 is well worth it. If you’d like more info on the Showdown you can read about it here. There is one more evening left, at Café Limone, before the final at Beluga with all 5 winners.