The reality is: the pandemic is really reshaped Cape Town. A city once known like the back of my hand is now only familiar in shape, not substance. With that, I’m on a mission to relearn Cape Town, block by block, just like I used to know it so I can help you have the best time in the city.

First up: ANTHM Bar.

I’d never heard of it, but jumped on the opportunity to visit when a friend invited me out for a toot. Arriving at twilight to the old “Yours Truly” location at 63 Loop Street, I recognised the ANTM logo above the door from Instagram.

We sat against large open windows, enjoying the warm Autumn air which felt great, however, it also made me wary of phone snatchers who could easily reach in and help themselves. This is why my handbag at on the floor for most of the night, strap over knee.

Self described as, “Japanese craft cocktails from New York to Cape Town” I was in the mood for something sweet like plum or cherries.

Truthfully, I was on day 1 of a 3 day hangover so I wasn’t able to get stuck in the way I normally would, but – long story short – the cocktail I had was one of the best I’ve ever had in Cape Town. (My favourite is the Jalapeno and Pineapple cocktail at Salon.)

Reason? I could taste each of the ingredients in the Apple Blossom in perfect balance. Doesn’t sound like a lot to ask for, but now that I’ve had it – I’m wondering what the other bars have been up to?!

Needing a little snack, I was stoked to see karaage chicken on the menu and ordered a small plate. The chicken was delicious and moist, however, the crumb had been taken a little far in the frier and wasn’t flavourful. Perhaps that’s why a soy, ginger and lemon sauce was accompanying the dish.

The ambience was chilled as it was early on a Friday and the service was excellent. Very switched on, well presented, amicable and attentive without being smothering.

I’ll definitely be back for another cocktail and a tequila in these mini goblet.

ANTHM MENU

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