Ray’s Kitchen

Ray’s Kitchen
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Groups, Quick meals, Special occasions
Café fare, Coffee, Light meals, South African
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Critic's review

Nikita Buxton

The menu consists of a small selection of starters and nibbles, a good selection of pastas, risottos, pizzas and meaty grills, and a blackboard offering of two or three desserts. They also do daily specials, which repeat some customer favourites.

For starters, we go straight for the fishcake special – after hearing a few tables asking for it – and the tuna spring rolls. The large crumbed fishcake would definitely be enough for a light main. It's packed with fresh flaky white fish and potato, and served with a dollop of zingy crushed avocado. The spring rolls had a gorgeous texture with just-cooked tuna encased in a crisp light pastry, and served with a salad of spicy cucumber shavings and dipping sauce.

The main portions at Ray’s Kitchen are hearty enough to take home for seconds. The fillet steak is perfectly cooked with a touch of char, and arrives with crispy fries and an abundance of bright market veggies. Pasta lovers will be fans of the homemade offerings here. We try the panzerotti special: al dente pillows are filled with plump pink prawns and spicy chorizo, and are tossed in a glossy tomato-and-cream sauce. For vegetarians, the wild mushroom risotto with bright green tenderstem broccoli is luscious and well seasoned, with an added shaving of nutty grana padano.

For desserts, there’s only one calling our name: the dark-chocolate fondant with vanilla-bean ice cream. Spooning into the small decadent dome leads to the satisfying ooze of glossy, rich chocolate with a slight hint of salt. The cool and creamy dollop of ice cream is a simple but perfect accompaniment.

There’s a small but decent drinks list with wine options such as L’Ormarins Brut, Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc, and Klein Constantia Cab Merlot. The glassware definitely needs some attention; the wine and champagne flutes are a little on the thick side.

Staff are friendly with just the right level of attentiveness.

Ray’s Kitchen is a relaxing space surrounded by indigenous leafy trees and coastal shrubbery that rustle in the humid breeze. The deck is large and sunlit with a sparkling pool, while the interior is clad in contemporary nature-inspired decor in calming muted hues. The wraparound glass doors open up onto the deck, creating a breezy feel throughout the space.

They have a dedicated poolside section on the menu with lighter, easy-to-eat options for those wanting to lounge on the deck after a dip.

(March 2016)

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User reviews

  • 100% one of my favourite places to eat, great food prepared to perfection, a wide selection of drinks varying from wine to a selection of craft beers, incredible daily specials, the most incredible staff and management, all placed in a quaint foresty estate in Salt Rock. The only problem is that they're not open everyday!
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  • Date Sunday 27th december 2015 Tried to have breakfast. Order was placed with a very incompetent waitress, waited 1 hour and when it came not only it looked and tasted awful but had to send breakfast back in order to get the eggs done as originally placed with order. No milk jugs and milk was served in jam or butter dish and second milk was served in a drinking glass. All 3 breakfasts was deducted from bill but would've been happier with a decent breakfast that we came for. What a major let down.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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