Food, culture and people united at Molo Lolo Restaurant & Cooking School


Molo Lolo Restaurant and Cooking school, not only serves up delicious French and African fusion cuisine, but also has the vision of empowering people through food and culture.

The restaurant recently opened at the Addo African Home, just minutes outside of the famed Addo Elephant National Park.

While the Addo African Home offers luxury accommodation, the restaurant offers elegant French-styled cuisine prepared with South African ingredients harvested from their organic garden and local farms.

Fusing the elegance of France and the rustic beauty of Africa, the décor of Molo Lolo can be described as rustic chic. The restaurant can seat up to 50 guests and offers exquisitely mouth-watering dishes such as-Warthog terrine and guava chutney or Kudu fillet with garlic and coconut potatoes.

The menu is seasonal and changes according to the ingredients available.

The hospitable owners, Laurence and Pascal Armand, who are both French, were inspired to open a guest home and restaurant in South Africa, after Laurence (Lolo) visited the country in 2012 and fell in love with the Rainbow nation.

In her own words, “As a French lady, there was a lot that I wanted to share with South Africa. I had the idea of opening accommodation and a restaurant that was based on the respect of the human being, the environment and culture.”

Lolo’s extraordinary vision is for France and South Africa to collaborate, with the outcome that everyone learns something from each other’s culture. With this philosophy, she came up with the cooking school concept where disadvantaged youth are invited to learn how to cook under the Head Chef of Molo Lolo, Cyrille Kouadio.

The training bestows the youth with invaluable cooking and hospitality skills. Over time and with hard work, the trainees will also be given the opportunity to fly to France, where they will train at the Lycee Hotelier in La Rochelle.

French cooking students will also be given the opportunity of visiting South Africa and cooking at Molo Lolo. Lolo believes that this exchange is a win-win situation for all students - as the South African trainees can learn invaluable skills, while the French trainees will discover a new culture and improve their English.

One thing is for certain at Molo Lolo, you will definitely experience the fusion of France and Africa, from the food to the people. The atmosphere is truly magnifique!

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Contact Franchisee Liandé Barnard
Eastern Cape contact number 086 163 6845
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