Food review: Arts Café, Cape Town


Saturday 3 June 2017 was my second visit to the Arts Café on the Foreshore in Cape Town.

Increasing in popularity whenever there’s a show at the Artscape Theatre, this stylishly decorated restaurant is very convenient and the food affordable. From salads to wraps, burgers, sandwiches and cake, they certainly offer a nice variety of eats.

Having tried the Tikka Chicken Wrap (only R55 for a generous portion) the last time, this time I opted for the Hawaiian Chicken Wrap. I was disappointed as the chicken was dry and overcooked, and tasted like KFC that’s been warmed in the microwave the next day. However, my friends who had the Honey Mustard Chicken Salad (R65) and the aforementioned Tikka Chicken Wrap were very happy with their meals. Perhaps I’ll try a salad next time.

After the show at about 16:55 (we saw the spectacular Swan Lake) we popped in for a coffee while waiting on our lift. This time the reception was not as friendly as before. We waited to be seated but when we walked towards a table without a reserved sign on it, a waitress informed us that all the tables are booked. We asked if it’s possible to have a quick coffee before her guests arrived. She reluctantly agreed and told us that the next patrons would arrive at 17:20. At the table, we waited and waited. A different waiter with a reservations book came to ask if we booked the table. We explained and he accepted. After more waiting the first waitress eventually came to take our order without as much as a smile. We gulped down the hot beverages and she started clearing away while we were still busy. We left at 17:20 and at around 17:30, while standing outside, the table was still empty. Having spent more than R300 at Arts Café just a few hours before, I was disappointed by the treatment we received.

I would, however, go back there. The ambience is great and as I mentioned before, the portion sizes are good and the prices are reasonable. Next time I’ll be sure to make a booking for before and for after the show.



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