On a recent trip to Cape Town, while spending some time exploring the best of both worlds at Arabella Hotel and Spa, I popped across the Bot River Lagoon for a spot of wine tasting at Benguela Cove Wine Estate. As one does. While exploring the property, as I perchance passed their flagship Moody Lagoon restaurant, I simply knew I had to eat in this fine establishment. So a plan was made and, just like that, I have a new addition to My Saturday Find series.
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Established in 2003 by developing existing farmland into a vineyard, lifestyle estate and a series of olive groves, Benguela Cove is a prominent member of the Walker Bay community. Situated on the Bot River Lagoon and just an hours drive from Cape Town, it’s a wonderful escape from the pace of city life, if only for an afternoon. Bengueal Cove forms part of the Benguela Collection of properties, owned and operated by British/South African entrepreneur Penny Streeter OBE and is one of the closest vineyards to the sea here in South Africa. The fresh Atlantic Ocean breeze lends itself to the naming of the restaurant, the Moody Lagoon.
The Moody Lagoon Restaurant
With views for days from its elevated position on the estate, the Moody Lagoon Restaurant is an experience that will both tease and delight your full sensory compliment. Art works by South African expresisonist painter Floris van Zyl abound throught and give you reason to pause and ponder as winds from the Atlantic bluster past the glass-framed french doors. Somewhat subdued, a fire burns and crackles as you take in the Hamptons-esque decor, complimented by the use of bold colours.
But I digress. The culinary experience at the Moody Lagoon restaurant continues your experience of this space, and does not disappoint. In the capable hands of head chef Annie Badenhorst, expect combinations of fresh, regional and seasonal ingredients seasoned with creativity from this young Namibian, resulting in menu options that take some time to consider. Ponder away I say.
I settled on the pea and mixed mushroom risotto with pickled mushroom salad, from the lunchtime menu. Truly one of the best meals I enjoyed while on my trip and by far the most memorable risotto I’ve eaten. In my life.
Unfortuantely chef Annie was not in on the day I visited the Moody Lagoon restaurant, but executive sous chef Gavin Blaauw executed the risotto to perfection. Be sure to catch his plating of my meal in the video below.
The Moody Lagoon restaurant is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, for both lunch and dinner, with a host of dining options. Find them on the R43 alongside the Bot River Lagoon in Hermanus, Western Cape. Alternatively use this Waze link to take you straight there, now!
The perfect place to base yourself to more fully appreciate the Moody Lagoon and Benguela Cove Wine Estate experience, is the Arabella Hotel and Spa, just like I did. Check out the special they are currently running here. Also, see my post about my time at Arabella which includes the wine tasting I did at Benguela Cove with my friend Di Brown aka The Roaming Giraffe.
That One Thing
The one thing you have to know when you visit the Moody Lagoon restaurant and Benguela Cove Wine Estate? Ask for a tour of the winery, and marvel at the collection of chandeliers throughout. Tell them My Lime Boots sent you.
Check out more about the Moody Lagoon restaurant on Eat Out and jump onto their app to rate your experience.
A big thank you to Moody Lagoon restaurant manager Stephen Aldrich and his team for hosting me.
Have a good one!