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Royale Eatery & Royale Kitchen

Royale Eatery & Royale Kitchen
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Business meetings, Groups, Quick meals, Special occasions
Food
Burgers, Pizzas, Vegan food, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R45

Critic's review

Richard Holmes

Food
Royale Eatery was one of the pioneers of the gourmet burger trend and continues to deliver top-notch burgers in the heart of trendy Long Street. Alongside the ‘Royale Classics’ – mostly variations on a cheeseburger theme – the menu offers a range of inventive options. The Federale, which comes with chorizo, chilli and coriander, is a long-time favourite. Lamb, chicken, fish and ostrich patties are also offered, but you’ll do best to stick with beef. For the ravenous, there’s also a limited selection of larger 250g burger options.

For a change, vegetarians are well taken care of too, with patties ranging from soya-mince to lentil-and-black-bean. If there’s a gripe, it’s that the chips – available in regular, sweet potato or wedges – are always a little limp. Not in a burger mood? The wood-fired pizzas are excellent, with great thin bases and a wide array of toppings for you to jazz up the standard margherita.

Drinks
A good range of beers, ciders and cocktails complement the no-nonsense well-priced wine list. Your best bet is the excellent craft ale on tap, or one of the legendary milkshakes available in a dozen different flavours.

Service
Friendly and welcoming, in a Long Street sort of way. Don’t expect much of a hurry.

Ambience
The relaxed vintage vibe here hasn’t changed much since they opened in 2003. The booths and banquettes are the best seats in the house.

And…
No table available? Leave your name and head upstairs for a drink in the (aptly-named) bar, The Waiting Room.

(September 2017)

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  • 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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User reviews

  • Best burger experience I have ever had.
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  • I have been a faithful Royale "Eater" for the last 7 years. I frequent the restaurant simply because it has the best burgers in town. While I am not vegan or vegetarian, I appreciate the fact that the restaurant has gone out of its way to cater for those of us who are not carnivores. This is my only gripe. The only downside is that the burgers seem to go through a downsize or have gone through a downsize of sorts. I (and others also attest to this) distinctly remember the burgers were larger. While the size has been compromised, the taste has not. The taste, succulence and decadence of the burgers has remained consistent. The service is always excellent and I have never had a complaint about this. (I have eaten at this place many many times and even know some of the waitresses by name.) This is one of my favourite places in town and I will continue to visit it on a regular basis. Even if the burgers are getting skinnier ;)
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  • The burgers are the best in the business,the staff is awesome and rates 100% for customer service,the menu is well done and easy to read and the burgers are definetly top notch and I will definetly recomend my friends to frequent the eatery.
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  • I was in CT for business and a friend told me, I had to try Royale. It changed my life!! The Sweet Petunia is out of this world. The most incredible beef patties and combinations. It is one to try! The staff are very friendly and accommodating?
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  • Royale has a cozy, hippy-chic atmosphere with friendly and lively service. The burger varieties are unmatched in Cape Town - there is something great for everyone here! They are huge, held together with sosatie sticks, with sides of sweet potato fries and cream cheese. The milkshakes are deliciois and enormous, and come in every flavour from peanut butter and jack daniels to avocado. Look out for student specials!
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  • The best burger in Cape Town by far, the veggie burgers are amazing and accompanied with a shake-you can not go wrong!
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  • 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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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian

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