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Royale Eatery & Royale Kitchen

Royale Eatery & Royale Kitchen
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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Hip & happening
Food
Burgers, Modern, Pizzas, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
500

Critic's review

Sandiso Ngubane

Food
Royale is a Long Street institution, famous for its gourmet burgers that keep customers coming back again and again. Their gourmet burger menu offers the classics, which include a cheddar cheese, feta, white cheddar, mozzarella, brie, blue cheese and swiss cheese options. The burgers are served with your choice of sweet potato fries, normal fries or salad.

Personal favourites on the Royale menu are the Burgerac – topped with white cheddar, chipotle sauce, with an onion and gherkin salsa – and the El Burro, which comes with a pure beef patty, blended with chorizo, chillies and coriander. The jalapenos, tomato salsa and guacamole add to the intense flavour.

Royale also offers chicken and fish burger options as well as vegan and vegetarian options. They also serve pizzas, and salads but it is their burgers that make them the Long Street institution that is a must for anyone who loves a good gourmet burger.

Drinks
Full bar with a great wine selection, cocktails, craft and local beers.

Service
Hip, with friendly service. Servers are very much clued up about the menu, which contains over 50 gourmet burgers. Do ask them for suggestions as there are usually great specials.

Ambience
The atmosphere is relaxed. It's usually quite busy, but nonetheless comfortable and welcoming. The booths and quirky hats that decorate the walls make for a funky vibe.

And…
Do try their excellent, super indulgent desserts menu with a variety of double-thick shakes and, if you are into chocolate, their delicious Lindt chocolate brownie with ice-cream.

(September 2016)

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  • Bianca Coleman

    Food
    The main focus here is burgers, although there are also pizzas and salads, and two desserts. So burgers it is. There are more than 50 options – beef, chicken, lamb, fish, pork, ostrich…and plenty of vegetarian ones too. The little menu, which is designed like an old-fashioned, hard-covered book, starts with the classics, which are topped with various cheeses, then moves on to “something a little different” and other categories. Patties are 160 g (unless you’re going large, in which case they’re 250 g), covered in basting sauce or tomato relish, and basic burgers are served with garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, caramelised onions and gherkins. All burgers served with a choice of sweet potato fries, normal chips (or half and half) or salad, and condiments which have remained unchanged for more than a decade – ketchup, sweet chilli, and sour cream. There are too many different options to cover here but if you can imagine it between buns, you can probably get it. Royale has been going strong since 2003 and still dishes up a great burger.

    Drinks
    Lots. There are the famous double thick shakes, available in 300ml and 600ml. Try the Jack Daniel’s and peanut butter, which delivers surprising globs of salty nuttiness in random slurps, and you can really taste the Jack. There are also smoothies, juices, teas, coffees, craft beers, and a decent wine list.

    Service
    Sweet and friendly. A glass of ice water is supplied with the menu, which is a nice touch. The food comes out the kitchen super fast.

    Ambience
    Noisy in peak hours, with a great vibe. There are two levels, the Eatery on the ground floor (take a pavement table at your own risk – it is Long Street after all), and the Kitchen on the second floor, which is available for private parties and functions.

    And…
    Have a pre-meal drink upstairs at the Waiting Room, where there is a pretty fairy-lit balcony. Live music events often take place here, so make a night of it.

  • Bianca Coleman

    Food
    The main focus here is burgers, although there are also pizzas and salads, and two desserts. So burgers it is. There are more than 50 options – beef, chicken, lamb, fish, pork, ostrich…and plenty of vegetarian ones too. The little menu, which is designed like an old-fashioned, hard-covered book, starts with the classics, which are topped with various cheeses, then moves on to “something a little different” and other categories. Patties are 160 g (unless you’re going large, in which case they’re 250 g), covered in basting sauce or tomato relish, and basic burgers are served with garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, caramelised onions and gherkins. All burgers served with a choice of sweet potato fries, normal chips (or half and half) or salad, and condiments which have remained unchanged for more than a decade – ketchup, sweet chilli, and sour cream. There are too many different options to cover here but if you can imagine it between buns, you can probably get it. Royale has been going strong since 2003 and still dishes up a great burger.

    Drinks
    Lots. There are the famous double thick shakes, available in 300ml and 600ml. Try the Jack Daniel’s and peanut butter, which delivers surprising globs of salty nuttiness in random slurps, and you can really taste the Jack. There are also smoothies, juices, teas, coffees, craft beers, and a decent wine list.

    Service
    Sweet and friendly. A glass of ice water is supplied with the menu, which is a nice touch. The food comes out the kitchen super fast.

    Ambience
    Noisy in peak hours, with a great vibe. There are two levels, the Eatery on the ground floor (take a pavement table at your own risk – it is Long Street after all), and the Kitchen on the second floor, which is available for private parties and functions.

    And…
    Have a pre-meal drink upstairs at the Waiting Room, where there is a pretty fairy-lit balcony. Live music events often take place here, so make a night of it.

    October 2015

  • Ishay Govender

    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 food:
    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:
    Service is efficient, friendly and alert. Expect warm smiles all round.

    Drinks:
    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.

    Ambiance:
    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”.

    And:
    The upstairs space, Royale Kitchen, is available to hire for parties.
  • Royale is an institution for a reason: burgers. The Miss Piggy (with bacon and guacamole) is notorious, but choices include giant mushrooms, veggie patties and spiced and battered chicken varieties too. Milkshakes come in flavours like peanut butter, avo and Oreo. It’s popular with the young, Long Street crowd.
  • Food
    Arguably the best burgers in Cape Town. So much effort from the kitchen goes into each individual burger it’s easy to see why Royale is always packed – and with over 50 different burgers to choose from, you are spoilt for choice.

    Wine
    Concise list of mostly everyday wines from R50 per bottle balanced out by some upscale choices; selection by the glass from R20; also good imported beer selection and killer cocktails.

    Service
    Can be aloof and careless at times but attentive and quick at others.

    Ambience
    Sexy and soulful – the downstairs eatery is always packed and walls adorned with hat collections and edgy local artwork, while the kitchen upstairs is romantic, candlelit and whimsical.

    And...
    Be sure to book ahead if you want to sit upstairs any day of the week – remember to head further up to the Waiting Room for after-burger drinks and easily the best view of Long Street from the balcony. (BS, September 2010)

User reviews

  • Their burgers are the best in town! I crave them on a weekly basis. The service here can be a bit clumsy and average at times. However the vibe keep you calm and the milkshakes won't let you hurry away. The sweet potato fries are a must.
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  • Thank you. I am full.
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  • The best burger I have had in a long time... It was a little crowed but the atmosphere was electric...Would highly recommend the burgers...
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  • Hands down the best place for burgers - and they are one of the few restaurants that acknowledge the grace and beauty of offering craft cider on their menu! As with many spots in the CBD though, don't plan to go on Sunday!
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  • Really great all round experience at Royale. Food was delicious, I had the sweet petunia burger with sweet potato chips. Really can't wait to go again!
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