I really don’t visit Melville enough! Located on vibey 7th Street, you’ll miss this place unless you know what you are looking for. With only a lit up moon as signage, you’ll find it nestled between Antz Cafe and Ratz Bar.
The restaurant was full when we arrived so we were glad to have booked that morning! Decor is pretty rustic and simple and has a beachy feel to it with drift wood and shells hanging from random locations.
Lindy Pretorius, the co-owner and pastry chef (who specifically deals with the starters and desserts) passed back and forth our table to a private function taking place in a room adjacent to where we were sitting. The delicious looking food lead us to enquire about some interesting looking prawns that went past and despite not being on the menu, she took the liberty to send us the last 2 remaining ones to try (they were outstanding!). Our waiter was not the most enthusiastic individual but with Lindy checking up on us twice during the evening, it really made the experience that much more personal and enjoyable.
To start our table of 4 shared the Antipasta La Luna platter ,which although slightly pricey, really hit the spot! The highlight out of the mains in my opinion was the Casoncelli alla Bergamasca which is pasta pockets with a meat filling and covered in a sage and butter sauce (good old gravy) and bacon pieces. The portion wasn’t huge but with the richness of the dish, I found it to be just the right size.
The Sirloin steak was massive but lacked that something special, sadly. There was a generous helping of mussels in the Spaghetti marinara but there was a comment made that the gravy was rather thin when compared to how it is served at many other places (this does not necessarily make it a bad dish, just different).
To end off the evening we shared the Bayleaf panna cotta with lemon jelly. I am not a dessert fundie but it tasted pretty good to me. I would like to try the Creme Brulee when I visit in the future as I have seen good reviews.
Be prepared to pay about R200-R250/person if you’re going to try more than a main meal. It was a lovely night out and we enjoyed the experience. It is tough to have to lower the rating of the food because the starter and my meal were both delicious but for the price, I expect everyone to really enjoy their meals.
- Food 3.5/5
- Value 3.5/5
- Service 4/5
- Atmosphere 4/5
- Overall Rating = 3.5/5
Contact: 011 482 7451