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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
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R45

Critic's review

Lindsay September

You go to Royale for the burgers and they don’t disappoint, at least in terms of the number of options available.

Food
Go with beef, chicken, fish, lamb, ostrich, vegetarian or vegan patties. The beef options range from the ordinary – comprising toppings of caramelised onions, gherkins and garlic aioli with various types of cheeses – to patties blended with ingredients like chorizo and chillies. The El Burro is one such burger, its 160g beef patty made with chorizo, chillies and coriander. It’s topped with mozzarella cheese, roast tomato salsa and guacamole. The patty, perfectly cooked to medium, is fantastic with their basting. It melts in your mouth and though all the accompanying flavours are enjoyable, they play second fiddle to such a moreish patty.
It’s sad, then, that the cooking of the burgers isn’t consistent. Another burger – the Miss Piggy, which comes with caramelised onions, bacon and guacamole – is too well done in the centre. The bacon is also overcooked. It’s saved by some truly yummy caramelised onions and guacamole. The burgers come with salad, chips or sweet potato chips. The chips are enjoyable but rather limp and could definitely use some more seasoning. (They come with little holders of tomato sauce, sweet chilli sauce and whipped cream. Use as you will.)
Vegetarians and vegans have plenty of burger options, with patties made of soya mince, lentils, roasted veg, beans, chickpeas, tofu and more. The upper floor’s menu also features pizzas.
There are two desserts on the menu: a Lindt chocolate brownie and malva pudding, both served with ice cream. If you have any affinity for chocolate, the brownie is the one to go for. It’ll satisfy your craving for the rest of the month.

Drinks
There’s a little bit of everything, to suit whatever your heart desires. Have a smoothie, milkshake (normal or vegan), cocktail, craft beer, craft cider, coffee, tea or a glass of wine. Expect names like Paul Cluver, Saronsberg, Newton Johnson, Fairview and Nitida. A handful are available by the glass.

Service
The staff are quirky but friendly. The kitchen and paying system in general is not set up for any modifications to the menu, so be prepared to receive a slightly befuddled explanation from your waiter if you’d like your vegan shake in one of the normal shake flavours, or anything of the like. Service is fairly slow but the restaurant is full at lunchtime, so it’s to be expected.

Ambience
Despite being on a main road, Royale is fairly homely, especially if you sit in the more secluded back section where it’s quieter. Else sit in the front section, where there’s certainly a vibe, or at one of the few tables outside. There are quirky wall hangings, light fixtures and plants. You’ll feel like you’re over at your hipster friend’s cosy apartment. This is not the spot for your Instagram-goals post – the food is meant to be eaten, so get to doing so instead of trying to force a flattering shot.

Best for...
Sating a burger craving.

(2018)

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  • 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)

    Eat Out reviewers dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Click here to read our editorial policy.

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User reviews

  • The Royale Eatery never disappoints. From the start, the service is professional and friendly, the restaurant always lively with a welcome busy hum and the burgers always the same quality, whether vegetarian or meat.
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  • Best burgers in town in this quant little gem of a restaurant
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  • 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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Facilities

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

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