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“Get downtown”
Review of The Ant Cafe

The Ant Cafe
Ranked #2 of 9 Restaurants in Melville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pizza
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed February 5, 2012

Very authentic local flavour. Enjoy great cocktails, exciting food, listen to 80s music..... you could be anywhere.

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Reviewed January 30, 2012

This is an interesting place - the decoration is really creative, although a bit too dark. The pizza is good, but not exceptional. They don't accept credit card, suggest clients not to ask to reduce the music volume - the messages to customers that are in the menu are quite unkind.

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1  Thank GBaroni
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

The Ant is one of Joburg's best restaurants. Their pizza is very thin crust and always delicious. The atmosphere is quirky, eclectic, laid back, and very local. The service sometimes leaves something to be desired, but order a bottle of wine and just enjoy an authentic neighbourhood vibe with your friends, and don't worry about waiting 20min for your food. It's quite busy every night of the week, so bookings are recommended. If you want local flavour in every sense, this is the place to go, and it's especially inviting in the winter when the fire is lit and the interior is cozy and warm; and in the summer there's a nice back patio. The Ant is not to be missed.

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1  Thank MoHole
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Reviewed September 4, 2011

We called in for dinner on a weekday evening. We both loved the look of the place. Twenty minutes after we'd been seated, still nobody had approached our table. When we eventually ordered, the rather distracted waitress barely looked at us and continued her conversation with the other waitress as she plonked a bottle of warm white wine on our table. She then whisked it away again to seek out an ice bucket. After a further twenty minutes, there was still no food, the wine hadn't reappeared and the waitress didn't seem to have been anywhere near the kitchen. When we finally got her attention, she admitted she hadn't yet put the order through. At that point, we left, as it seemed unlikely we were going to get anything to eat or drink in the immediate future. In the entire time we were in there, only one dish left the kitchen. We're not in the habit of walking out of restaurants: in fact, neither of us could recall ever having done so before. Every other cafe and restaurant we visited in Johannesburg and Durban had offered friendly, efficient service. Ant Cafe was a real disappointment.

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4  Thank DobberBird
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Reviewed April 9, 2011

What an interesting restaurant/cafe.. It's in a well known, trendy street; however from the outside you wouldn't imagine how it is inside. Really quirky and intimate at the same time. Lots of details everywhere. Mostly candle lit in the evenings.
The food is quite good, Italian style. The pizzas/focaccias are tasty and the mixed platters a nice change.

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Thank ByeByeBlues7
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