There’s a new brunch-, lunch- and late-night eatery to hit the Mother City’s CBD and it’s serving some serious comfort grub with a lekker South African twist. The Raptor Room, a small but super-stylish hole in the wall with pink neon signage, opened its doors on Roeland Street last weekend.
Owners Amy Lilley and Danel Maree, local creatives with a taste for travel, will focus on local produce, flavours, art and music. The pink-hued menu features brunch, lunches and dinner, and drinks like gourmet soda floats. Late-morning munchies might include smoothie bowls with dragon fruit or peanut butter; Benedict bagels with bacon and eggs; or banana French toast with granadilla curd. If you grab a spot for lunch or dinner, expect items like Cape Town’s famed gatsby with Jurassic pork, cauliflower atchar and chips; classic mac ’n cheese with roosterkoek crumbs and Rooibos-roasted tomatoes; or the veggie-friendly mielie fritter stack with smoked jalapeño butter.
There’s also a small plates section with options like sliders with boerenkaas; popcorn chicken with flavoured salts; and a tempura oyster with a shot of bloody Mary. To round off the menu, there are sweet-sounding treats like the Peppermint Crisp sundae and the Lola float, with cherry cola and Cape cherry ice cream.
As for thirst-quenchers, The Raptor Room is still waiting on its liquor licence, but guests are encouraged to bring their own or opt instead for a coffee made with beans by Flat Mountain Coffee Roasters.
The Raptor Room is open from Monday to Saturday, 11am to 11pm.