In 2011, husband and wife team Paul and Charisse Boshoff took their dream of owning a restaurant and made it a reality. After months of planning they opened Mooki Noodle Bar in Durban’s trendy Glenwood neighbourhood, even though their initial concept was scaled down and Paul had to do some serious DIY to stretch the budget. Their distinguishing factor is of course the food, which is a mixture of different Asian cuisines. ‘The food is eclectic, but we don’t try to be authentic,’ says Paul of his culinary style. He has no formal chef training, but earned his stripes by working in kitchens both locally and abroad. This new generation style of entrepreneurship sees him extending the same opportunity of learning and working to his staff. Mooki’s focus is freshness and value for money. All the stock, sauces, spring rolls and wontons are made in-house, while the kitchen is produce-led with fresh deliveries daily. The menu is unpretentious and delivers on taste and price. Expect delicious noodle dishes ranging from Pad Thai to Maifun along with a variety of rice options, including Taiwanese and Bangkok style. The lunchtime menu is priced lower than the sit down dinner menu, with prices starting at R28, so pay them a visit for a welcome and relaxed atmosphere and a steaming bowl of tasty noodles. Find Mooki Noodle Bar at 190 Brand Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa or call 031-811-9199 for bookings. Text: Nadia van der Mescht Nadia is a creative consultant who has a passion for locally crafted products. She works with fellow creatives to build their brand, online presence and press portfolio. Creativity with integrity is her motto. Read her blog at lovecupcakecouture.co.za.