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“Decent food and an interesting experience...”
Review of Africa Cafe

Africa Cafe
Ranked #19 of 1 207 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$25
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The Africa Café offers a multi-cultural dining experience. Since 1992, chef Portia has been creating food infused with African soul and passion. Experience an exotic tapestry of flavours that will take you on a journey from North to South. Housed in an historic national monument, the restaurant is divided over 3 levels and 7 richly decorated dining rooms.
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

The restaurant has 3 levels and we were seated on the top floor, which is partly open air and offers views of table mountain. They offer a set menu consisting of around 15 different items, at least half of which are vegetarian. There isn't much red meat on the menu. The food is served tapas style to share and divided into 2 courses, with dessert to follow. We eat a lot, but the aggregate quantity here was enormous! You can order top ups of any items you liked, but we were way too full to do this. The food was interesting. Lots of variety and unusual items. In isolation most dishes didn't really stand out, but as a combination of taster portions it worked out really well and we enjoyed our meal.

Service was friendly and we were ok with the pace, but some of our neighbouring tables experienced lengthy delays. This was partly due to waiting staff doubling up as performers, leading to periods where there was simply no service available. On that note, during our 2 hour meal we had a single episode of performances lasting around 10 minutes.

The food is priced at R330 per person. Our bill including drinks and tip came to R1,000. Overall it was a good experience, despite being very touristy. Certainly very different to the other meals we had during this trip!

Thank ishan23
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

We always had good memories of this place. We always return on our trips back to the Cape. This time we went with a new generation of the family and they loved it.

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Thank fermal
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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Came here as a friend back home insisted we had to come. Our last night in South Africa after a long road trip, this restaurant was next door to our hotel so we decided to eat here.
It is a taste of African food - about 14 dishes plus desert. Women are offered face painting and sometime during the meal there is a little African performance of drums and singing.
It's interesting in that I would never order this food anywhere else but good to experience, on the other hand, for the high price of the set menu (330 ZAR pp) plus drinks, we could get a much cheaper and better meal down on the V&A eg steak/fish meal for a lot less.
Experience - it was interesting.
would I come again - no
Would I recommend it to others - probably not - I would prefer going to to restaurant to eat a proper meal of what you want to eat.
There is not enough entertainment in Africa Cafe and the food is okay.

Thank karenbeanpole
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Reviewed 26 January 2017

dined with my wife not knowing much about the ensuing evening, the menu is set and we were presented with far too much food on far to many plates, the the table disappeared!

Most of the food i thought was either too bland or too spicy. Too many vegetables and not enough meat.. yes it is African cuisine and you may think I should have know better but best to inform the public and offer an alternative?

Overall I was most socked at the cost of the meal and wine. The entertainment was not quite right also, as the room was too bright and sterile. Our waitress did not appear particularly friendly

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Thank Greg M
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

I went with a group of eight people to the Africa Cafe. Diners do not order from a menu. Instead, we were served a 16 course feast. Many of the dishes were excellent, and most were very good. About midway through the meal, some of the staff sang a couple of African songs and danced too. This place caters to tourists, but it is quite good and definitely a fun evening.

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Thank Elliott G
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