Where to begin? At the beginning is usually the best place.
Arriving at Bobo’s Brasserie in Mouille Point (previously Pepenero), the first thing you’ll notice is the smiling doorman and the friendly welcome. This is carried by the staff throughout, who are all gorgeous, well-trained, attentive, and apparently happy as clams to be there.
Second is the décor. In a word, it’s stunning. To elaborate, there are bold florals – very chic this season – on the wallpaper and cushions, as well as massive ornately framed and dramatic artworks in the vestibule, and even a huge fresh flower arrangement flanked by two red velvet chairs where we simply had to toast with our bubbly. To the right as you enter is a lounge area with brightly coloured armchairs, bookshelves, and a gorgeous cluster of ceiling lamps with fringed and beaded shade which flutter in the breeze. I can easily imagine sitting here for an afternoon cocktail, or a business meeting; this is where we began our evening with flutes of Boschendal rose MCC, while we perused the menu.
Next up is the view. The restaurant features glass walls looking out over the ocean, and the only place you want to sit for glorious sunsets. Even from the other tables, you can still see this. Everything seems to glitter and sparkle as dusk falls as the light transfers from outside to inside. More seating is on the terrace, sheltered by awnings when it gets chilly with the ocean breeze.
The excellent service continued with Collen ((CORR)), who was an absolute delight and the epitome of charm. When I ordered the ribeye for my main course he laughed and said I had read his mind, because that’s exactly what he was going to recommend. Ditto the bordelaise sauce I chose to accompany. It’s men like this that make tipping so effortless.
The menu begins with “Bar Bites” and ends with “Desserts”, with appetisers, salads, vegetarian, fish, poultry and steaks in between. There are also some signature chef’s dishes like family meals and a Bistro Burger which, judging by how many came out the kitchen, is enormously popular. It is literally huge on the plate, I can tell you.
To begin, I had the smoked salmon terrine with crème fraiche, cucumber and salmon roe (or as I like to call them, golden globes) from the Bar Bites section; it was not only delicious, but the perfect size for a starter. I had a glass of Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir with that. Included in my notes is that I have to mention the beautiful glassware here, from the wine goblets to the olive oil and vinegar bottles. My friend had the Prawn Avocado – as the name describes it, with pink sauce, cress and vinaigrette. “It takes Avocado Ritz to the next level,” she commented.
For my main course it was the ribeye for me – perfectly grilled – with a glass of Springfield Whole Berry Cabernet Sauvignon. My friend had the same wine, because it’s so damn delicious, with her main course of organic roast chicken served with mushrooms, onions and potato Dauphinoise.
We really didn’t need it but we shared an apple tarte tartin with smooth and silky yoghurt ice cream for dessert. By the time we left, the restaurant was buzzing noisily and clearly extremely popular, so be sure to book. Even with a full house, the staff retained a sense of calm efficiency. This was a brilliant night out, from start to finish. Highly recommended.
Open for lunch and dinner daily, Bobo’s Brasserie at 1 Two Oceans Beach, Beach Road, Mouille Point. Telephone 021 439 9027, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.bobosbrasserie.co.za for more information.