Established in 2003, this Cape Town darling has been on every local best-burger list since. With over 50 burgers, and an impressive range that also caters for vegetarians and vegans, as well as homemade relishes, pizzas and double-thick milkshakes, tables go fast at Royale.
Wedged between bars and clubs in buzzing Long Street, this bistro-style eatery attracts a varied crowd and boasts a waiting list on most weekends – so be sure to book ahead. Whether you’re after a classic beef burger, a Thai-flavoured fish burger or a good salad, you’re covered. While the home fries are good, the sweet potato fries are even better. Whichever you choose, always keep some room for the milkshakes.
The menu is set out like a book, and is expressive of the care taken in making every sauce and burger from scratch. Both the Santori burger (made with pork, teriyaki, ginger, chorizo and chilli) and the Merino – a lamb burger made with roasted red pepper pesto and caramelised onions – are worth a try. The luxury Wagyu burger (a splurge) is, however, under-seasoned. Stick to the more classic varieties here. Do yourself a favour and order the wicked SOB chilli sauce on the side.
Service is efficient, friendly and alert. Expect warm smiles all round.
A good selection of beers, wine and cocktails are available, but it is the milkshakes that has patrons coming back for more. Go all out with the Jack Daniels version and its thick spoonfuls of peanut butter, or opt for the fresh strawberry milkshake with mint.
The small leather banquettes and the waitress’s aprons lend a 1950’s diner feel, but the hanging plants and pistachio coloured walls adorned with local art still say “Cape Town cool”.
The upstairs space, Royale Kitchen, is available to hire for parties.