Touchwood’s latest addition is Mogo an ‘African Grill and Juice Bar’. Eager to sample a taste of Africa we popped in to see what it had to offer.
First impressions are that it feels very much like a chain, and it is not hard to miss the obvious influences that the popular Portuguese eatery Nando’s has had upon the way Mogo looks.
However Mogo is actually entirely independent, and the brainchild of Hamza Bodhaniya from Leicester, who with lots of friends and family in Africa, spotted the gap in the market for a family restaurant packed with African flavour (and African hospitality).
The menu certainly had the tastebuds tingling with anticipation. Although there are vegetarian dishes, it has to be said, the menu is rather meat orientated.
If this attracted the red-meat loving neanderthal urges within in me, then the plethora of juices and smoothies placated my health conscious modern man alter-ego.
I opted for Sizzling Serengeti Beef (£8.95) whilst my partner went for the Peppery Lamb Steak (£8.95).
We also had sides of Mogo Chips (£2.25) and Corn on the Cob (£1.55). From the moment the food touched my tongue, my mind was made up, simply delicious.
As in Africa, almost all the food is barbecued, and my beef had all the wonderful smokey flavour and aroma that you associate with Summer dining.
My partners lamb, if anything was even tastier. When I next visit, I will be very tempted to go for this again, despite a number of other mouth-watering options on the menu.
No doubt should you choose to visit, you’ll be going to Mogo as it is a little bit different, and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what you want. However, I would say there are two ‘must-trys’, that you should not leave without sampling.
First of all Mogo Chips - these are constructed, not from potato, but from the African vegetable cassava. So apart from being one of your five-a-day, are also unusual, and very tasty.