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Ingrid Shelvin – Sunday Tribune Review

Yes, we apologise this is a little bit late in posting, a day short of a month actually!  Check out the review by Ingrid Shelvin, food writer for the Sunday Tribune.

Click on the link for a PDF Copy of the article

Ballito Life And Style – Mooki Noodle Bar

It’s not often that you find a place to eat where the owners’ passion and almost childlike excitement for what they are doing, sets the scene. Well, at Mooki Noodle Bar, I did.

What an absolutely delicious evening it was!

Having bumped into Paul (co-owner with his wife Charisse) at Corner Café about 6 weeks ago and heard about their exciting new venture to be happening across the road, I was chomping at the bit for their doors to open.   I had hosted owners Paul and Charisse’s wedding, at Vanille, a few years ago and felt drawn to support their dream come true!

Being the closet restaurant stalker that I can be, I had driven past regularly to see if there were any signs of life inside and had even interrogated the poor guy, industriously sanding down the newly made tables, on the pavement.

My exact words to Paul had been, “Let me know when you open and I’ll pack the place out for the night.” And so I waited……..  On one of my inter-web sprawls I came across their blog and signed up instantly for the news-feeds….BTW the blog is great!!! Loads of really cool random Japanalia and other cool stuff!! Now that they are open, the blog is full of pictures of the food and updates of the goings on.   Then I received the mail advertising their opening on the 13th June, figured out how to fit a quick dinner into my already hectic schedule….  Cristy,  Esme and myself – super ready for another ‘Markewicz’ “foodie adventure”.

The simple finishes sung of street café, with an uber cool popcorn box chandelier shining brightly from the centre of the small space. As the self-proclaimed ‘noisy bunch’, we insisted on sitting outside which was great.  I felt as if I could easily be sitting on a street café in Tokyo.

Greeted by our waitress Yo-Yo we were quickly settling down to a glass of Vino and checking out the menu.  To start we ordered the Fish Cakes – deliciously moist fresh swordfish morsels coated in sesame seeds. We moved on to Chicken Spring-rolls – made fresh and full of flavour; and for Ezzie the Chicken bites – an enthusiastic recommendation from Charisse who described them as the Asian answer to KFC – served with plum sauce. I could have ordered a bucket to go.

Service was slick and we were never close to empty glasses or left looking for anything and having a 4year old in tow, they were fabulously child friendly and most accommodating, dishing out stickers aplenty and regularly offering to clean the table of sticky toddler residue.

Paul came round to read through the main courses with us explaining the different noodles and accompanying choices.  Cristy chose the Chicken Pad Thai with Ramen Noodles, I chose the Pork Fried Rice.  My Fried Rice was comfort food heaven…… Chinese five spice immediately soothed the soul and an almost “stodgy” rice hinted at Risotto.  Cristy’s Chicken Pad Thai was incredible! Fresh, light and full of flavour.   I was on the verge of thievery.

For dessert we had the only option. A banana tempura where fried bananas are sandwiched between deep fried wontons served with a ginger syrup and dusted with icing sugar.  Paul chatted to us about the imminent addition of a mint sorbet lollipop which sounded like the “cherry on top” of an already yummy meal. Best described as “Kung Fu Panda Awesomeness”

I am inspired by the addition of yet another unique and passionate addition to the Durban Food Scene and wish Paul and Charisse much success and happiness as they begin their own Foodie Adventure on this small strip of Glenwood’s Brand Road.  WE will be back with the troops as promised!!

Thanks to Lucy and Ballito Life & Style for the great review!

Oodles ‘n Oodles

Hey guys here is a really cool review and amazing pictures from Scrambled Notes

“What better way to celebrate pay day than with dinner at Mooki noodle bar. The place is big news with the Durbs blog-o-sphere going mad for their refreshing menu +  style. In fact it’s so popular that I ran into two super stars of the ND blog scene – the lovely Nicola of AskAshe & the button guru herself, Nadia from Cupcake Couture. Hello ladies!

Ok, now for the food stuff. For starters Gary & I  both had the fish cakes – seriously the best fish cakes we’ve had anywhere in ages. The sesame shell was crunchy and all-sorts-of-yum and the fish was delicious, especially when dipped in the salty and spicy teriyaki sauce. For mains we went veg (well we’re pescatarians, it rules out chicken and pork) and I had the  pad thai and mai fun noodles (they’re really thin and have a great nutty flavour) while Gary noshed the spicier ginger and red chilli sauce served on fat japanese udon noodles.

If i hadn’t eaten myself silly I would’ve tried the dessert – banana tempura with pickled ginger syrup – sounds seriously yum! Next time banana, next time. So yes, if you haven’t read it a million times by now, go to Mooki. Just go. Now.

PS – they do take away too, check out the menu here.

Hope to see you two back again – soon!

Restaurant Review

“It’s not often that you find a place to eat where the owners’ passion and almost childlike excitement for what they are doing, sets the scene. Well, at Mooki Noodle Bar, I did.

What an absolutely delicious evening it was!

Having bumped into Paul Boshoff (co-owner with his wife Charisse) at Corner Café about 6 weeks ago and heard about their exciting new venture to be happening across the road, I was chomping at the bit for their doors to open.   I had hosted owners Paul and Charisse’s wedding, at Vanille, a few years ago and felt drawn to support their dream come true!

Being the closet restaurant stalker that I can be, I had driven past regularly to see if there were any signs of life inside and had even interrogated the poor guy, industriously sanding down the newly made tables, on the pavement.

My exact words to Paul had been, “Let me know when you open and I’ll pack the place out for the night.” And so I waited……..  On one of my inter-web sprawls I came across their blog and signed up instantly for the news-feeds….BTW the blog is great!!! Loads of really cool random Japanalia. (Asianalia) Now that they are open, the blog is full of pictures of the food and updates of the goings on.   Then I received the mail advertising their opening on the 13th  June, figured out how to fit a quick dinner into my already hectic schedule…. gathered the troops and arrived en mass.  Christy,  Esme and myself – super ready for another ‘Markewicz’ “foodie adventure”.

The simple finishes sung of street café, with an uber cool popcorn box chandelier shining brightly from the centre of the small space. As the self-proclaimed ‘noisy bunch’, we insisted on sitting outside which was great.  I felt as if I could easily be sitting on a street café in Tokyo.

Greeted by our waitress Yo-Yo we were quickly settling down to a glass of Vino and checking out the menu.  To start we ordered the Fish Cakes – deliciously moist fresh swordfish morsels coated in sesame seeds. We moved on to Chicken Spring-rolls – made fresh and full of flavour; and for Ezzie the Chicken bites – an enthusiastic recommendation from Charisse who described them as the Asian answer to KFC – served with plum sauce. I could have ordered a bucket to go.

Service was slick and we were never close to empty glasses or left looking for anything and having a 4year old in tow, they were fabulously child friendly and most accommodating, dishing out stickers aplenty and regularly offering to clean the table of sticky toddler residue.

Paul came round to read through the main courses with us explaining the different noodles and accompanying choices.  Christy chose the Chicken Pad Thai with Ramen Noodles, I chose the Pork Fried Rice.  My Fried Rice was comfort food heaven…… Chinese five spice immediately soothed the soul and an almost “stodgy” rice hinted at Risotto.  Christy’s Chicken Pad Thai was incredible! Fresh, light and full of flavour.   I was on the verge of thievery.

For dessert we had the only option. A banana tempura where fried bananas are sandwiched between deep fried wontons served with a ginger syrup and dusted with icing sugar.  Paul chatted to us about the imminent addition of a mint sorbet lollipop which sounded like the “cherry on top” of an already yummy meal. Best described as “Kung Fu Panda Awesomeness”

I am inspired by the addition of yet another unique and passionate addition to the Durban Food Scene and wish Paul and Charisse much success and happiness as they begin their own Foodie Adventure on this small strip of Glenwood’s Brand Road.”

Lucy Markewicz is the former owner of the popular Vanille Café & Patisserie in Kloof, and now runs all the specialised baking courses at Gecko Culinary Adventures.  She is a self confessed closet restaurant stalker!

Thanks to Lucy Markewicz for the great review, hope to see you back soon!

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