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“A meal with a difference”
Review of Africa Cafe

Africa Cafe
Ranked #21 of 1 185 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$25
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, 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 17 August 2017

55 of us descended on the Cafe after a day of conferencing. We were seated in four contiguous rooms, and read with interest the menu pasted inside jars. A hostess came to clarify the proceedings - we would have everything on the menu, and if there was anything we particularly liked, we could ask for more.
Soon the dishes were flowing. A seaweed-and-spice soup was spectacular; the fried fish in batter was familiar; some of the salads were outstanding (a spicy beetroot and carrot had a huge kick); and the lamb was tender and delicious. I have not tried casava before, and it was good, with a spicy chickpea dip. Everything I tried was both good and interesting - and as for asking for more, there was no space!
The wines were really excellent. The service was attentive and quick. And the atmosphere was jolly. The only negative was the relative lack of washrooms - some in our party had to queue for a long while for relief - not quite overlong, thankfully, but long enough to be really uncomfortable.

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

An evening meal at this venue was an interesting experience.....good food and friendly staff. Couple the meal with the staff entertaining us with song and dance and it all makes for a great night.
The meal is a set menu with good choices. They will ask if there is anything you do not like.......still plenty options to choose from. Staff are attentive and will explain the various choices on the menu. Good drinks options with wines, beers etc.
Final bill for 4 with drinks (2 bottles of wine and beers) was slightly more expensive than other local restaurants but still reasonable.
Face 'painting' is offered to the guests............male and female. Wonderful designs and good fun.
All in all this is a good choice for an enjoyable evening in Cape Town.

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Reviewed 14 July 2017

This restaurant offers a great set menu (there is only one option, the set menu) that allows you to try different foods from across Africa. They bring plenty of each dish and are happy to bring more of anything you particularly like. Everything we tried was delicious and a great variety. Part way through the evening, the staff started walking from room to room singing and dancing, which was a lot of fun to watch. The prices are a little higher than other restaurants in the area but we did not find them to be unreasonable.

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Thank Miller_World_Edition
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Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Great food and experience, brilliant service. Very much enjoyed as a big group, worth the money! Recommended

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

A great venue for a family dining experience, especially with an African theme. The set menu is ideal for family dining and the food was exceptional. The service was very good and our waiter, Azola, was very attentive and went out of his way to show us all of the African themed dining rooms. The wait staff singing and the face painting was also a great touch. May seem expensive to some, but based upon Australian prices and the experience is very comparable.

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Thank TheFreenes
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