Cafe Royale review
You may be surprised that I have not reviewed Royale Eatery before now, believe me, I’m as surprised. I’ve eaten at Royale many times over the years and will continue to do so. It’s become a Cape Town institution and it’s the first place that pops to mind when someone suggests burgers. There are other burger ‘joints’ around, in fact further down Long Street is Gourmet Burger, but none of them match Royale. It has a cosy ambiance, it has a huge selection and it has great milkshakes (I like the espresso one).
No matter how you like your burger, they will have something to please you. You want a plain patty with a nice sauce? Or do you prefer a more interesting patty? You want beef? Pork? Lamb? Chicken? Seared tuna? Oh, what’s that? You want a vegetarian burger? No problem! Soya or lentil or one of the other vegetrian options? Vegetarians love this place.
I had the Sartori (R54) which is a pork patty with some interesting ingredients in the patty which I can’t remember. I washed it down with a glass of Welmoed shiraz (R20). They actually have quite nice wines on offer by the glass. If you have a man size hunger, try the fat bastard: double patty, double bacon, double cheese, double egg burger. Hectic.
They also have a selection of pastas, pizzas and salads. I have never tried them and I have never seen anyone else try them either so can’t vouch for them.
Royale is almost two separate restaurants. Downstairs is the original and upstairs is the newer one with different decor and its own kitchen and waiters but the menu is the same. I don’t mind which one I eat at.
If you’re enjoying the vibe you can go up another level to the 70’s style bar called The Waiting Room. It also has a separate entrance. It goes up another two open air levels where you can enjoy a quieter drink because The Waiting Room can get quite packed.
273 Long Street
021 422 4536