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Everything about the Raptor Room is a little tongue-in-cheek, including the menu. The food is described as traditional blended with quirky, and so you can find dishes such as the Benebagel (eggs Benedict served on a bagel), modern gatsbys, a mac and cheese that already has cult status, and a prego vetkoek.
They play heavily on nostalgia too – the big kids out there will find it hard to resist the updated version of fish fingers and chips. The crumbed white fish fingers with a chunky home-made tartar sauce and sweet potato fries is as satisfying as the original childhood staple.
Brunch runs into the afternoon, with the avo toast already having made a name for itself. Served on sourdough, the creamy avo is topped with soft feta, slow-roasted rooibos tomatoes, candied lemon and a sprinkling of the Raptor Room’s own dukkah. This is best paired with a serving of hand-cut fries and a fantastically garlicky aioli, to keep things from feeling too virtuous.
Sweet eaters can keep the good times rolling with a deep-fried Romany Cream – aka Romany Dream – and a chocolate Dutch baby topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce.
The wine selection is impressive, with names like Alphabetical, Radley & Finch and Cape Rock setting the tone. A nice mix of local beers, from independent as well as bigger brewers, includes Tafel, CBC and Union. Or if you’re really embracing the childhood indulgences, go all out with a float.
The service is switched-on, welcoming and efficient.
As a self-appointed safe queer space, the Raptor Room is one of the coolest spots in town with a clientele to match. A newly added lounge section accommodates bigger tables and the venue’s monthly cultural events.
A casual vibey dinner.
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