CapeTownMagazine.com

Raya Kitchen at Mandela Rhodes Place

Unwrapping Cape Town with you.
Also engage with our other channels
to find something you don't want to miss.
 
www.capetownmagazine.com/subscribe
CapeTownMag
CapeTownMagazine.com
capetownmag

Raya Kitchen at Mandela Rhodes Place

Dine like royalty at this stylish CBD hotspot

The word ‘Raya’ denotes ‘king’ in Thai. And the moment you set your eyes on the gold, black, grey and white laden interior at the newly opened Raya Kitchen in Cape Town’s city centre, you’ll know that this is the kind of restaurant where opulence and extravagance meet – a place truly fit for a rather royal experience.

raya kitchen by kitima

Raya Kitchen was launched officially in February 2016 and sits pretty at the Mandela Rhodes Building in St George’s Mall – a strategic location (more on that later). The meals offered here have the traditional Thai style of sharing and tasting as many dishes as possible, something restaurant manager Felix Tellmann says is his favourite aspect of Thai cuisine, besides the food itself.

raya kitchen by kitima

Speaking of which, when it comes to the culinary offering, there is nothing Raya Kitchen has not thought of. The menu is incredibly detailed, most items bearing a Thai name to reiterate the fact that besides going to Thailand itself, this is one of the most authentic Asian cuisine experiences you can get (this is also due to the fact that Kitima has flown in traditional Thai chefs to work at her restaurants). Seasoned Thai lovers can dive right into hearty and flavourful specialty dishes like the Pla Neng Ma Nao, which consists of a delicately steamed fillets of kingklip or salmon (patrons choose what they’re in the mood for) on Chinese cabbage with fresh chilli and lime broth; the crispy duck, which is de-boned and sliced and served with homemade duck sauce, pancakes, julienne spring onions, cucumber and carrots; or dim sum options like the Sui Mai, traditional Chinese dumplings of seasoned minced prawn and pork topped with salmon trout caviar.

Those trying Thai for the first time can ease into this unique and flavourful gastronomic world by choosing items in the appetisers section. This includes eats like spring rolls, prawns, calamari and more. It doesn’t even end there. The menu in general is seemingly endless with whole sections dedicated to noodles, soups, stir-fry’s, curries and vegetables – meaning that the opportunity to explore different eats goes far and wide.

raya kitchen by kitima

And if that’s not enough, Raya Kitchen goes all out in the drinks section too. Reds and whites in the wine section have been selected based on their ability to pair with the zesty flavour of Thai cuisine. The menu even guides patrons by recommending a few pairings. And according to Felix, champagne is a great beverage to pair with Thai as “the bubbles cut through the infused oils of the chilli, leaving a refreshing finish on the palate” The cocktail offering also features must-tries like the Strawberry Rose Martini and the Sparkling Mojito ( you won’t regret if you are already a lover of the classic mojito and are accustomed to sweet drinks).

But the eye-catcher, the crème-de-la-crème, of the show other than the food itself is the décor. The gold, black, white and grey work beautifully together to create an incredibly sophisticated feel (meaning there’s also a smart-casual dress code to adhere to). The design is Thai-based, and there are even statues that have been imported from Thailand to give it a bespoke Asian feel. The layout of the restaurant features three different ‘zones’; the lounge area (great for business meetings, and cocktails after work to wait off traffic  - great location), the upstairs and downstairs dining areas, and the bar – all coming together to create a distinct, enigmatic and charming ambience that will have you linger at the restaurant long after you’ve finished your meal.

raya kitchen by kitima

And it seems that the future of the eatery is going to incorporate other exciting features that we can’t yet mention, meaning that you’ll just have to keep your eye on Raya Kitchen. More than that, though, why not experience the restaurant for yourself to see whether the elegance of the name itself in fact holds true.

raya kitchen by kitima

Tip: The excellent waiters at Raya Kitchen know the menu inside out, so chat to them, ask them for recommendations and tips and they will be more than willing to assist.
The stunning venue is also available for hire. For bookings and more information, contact reservation@rayakitchen.co.za, call +27 (0)21 422 2266 or sms sms +27(0)60 944 5736.

The Bill: Food items range from R42 to R170. Cocktails range from R59 to R99 and wines are charged at various prices. For a detailed menu listing contact Raya Kitchen directly.

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday; 5pm – 10.30pm (kitchen only). Note that Raya Kitchen will soon open for lunch too. The reservation line is open from 11am daily.

Mandela Rhodes Building | 24 Wale Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 2266.

by Dudu Luthuli

ABOUT #CapeTownMagNew:

#CapeTownMagNew is a long-standing project that is dedicated to discovering exciting new places in and around our pretty city.  We tell their stories, find out what they offer, and delve into what makes them unique. From cafés and restaurants to trampoline parks and dog hotels, there is always one new place in the city that we uncover each week. You can follow #CapeTownMagNew on Twitter and Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter to track recent features or read more here about more Hot Spots and New Restaurants in Cape Town and Surrounds.

A FEW OF OUR OTHER NEW PLACE SPOTS:

Lucky Bao Food Bar in Hout Bay

lucky bao in hout bay

 

Outrage of Modesty Cocktail Bar in Cape Town

outrage of modesty cocktail bar

Use our events section for an up-to-date overview of happenings in Cape Town. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and if you have a smartphone, add m.capetownmagazine.com to your home screen for quick access on the go!

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, join our Google+ circle, connect with us on LinkedIn, check out our photos on Instagram and follow our Pinterest boards for updates on what’s happening in and around the Mother City.

Cape Town Events Calendar
June 2019
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30

Kinky BootsSmash-Hit Kinky Boots Now On At The ...

With music by Cyndi Lauper, several Tonys and a Laurence Olivier Award

Future Females 2Influence Or Overshare? How To Build a ...

An opportunity to learn from expert influencers

chicha4Get To Know Your Wine: Wednesdays are ...

Sample some fine wines and meet the makers behind your favourite tipple

Fokofpolisiekar 4Fokofpolisiekar are Turning 16 and ...

There’s no place like home as this local band gets ready to rock their home crowd with ...

Cherry_Glamping3Team Building is For Bonding, So Ditch ...

Hiking, biking, canopy tours and luxury glamping just 50 minutes outside of Cape Town

conrad_hicksStudio Tours Of The Artist’s Forge To ...

View for free: A new collection of hand-forged metal furniture and sculpture rippling ...

zingara_bombay5 Happy Hours, Every Day of The Week

And Cafe Paradiso has a weekend seafood platter special for two

Nom Nom_New1Something New: Invent Your Own Gin at ...

All-new DIY gin bar, double your wine every Wednesday, PLUS: an all-new menu to share

vredenheim_2019_9Picnic Among The Golden Wildebeest on ...

A family game drive with a difference at Vredenheim

kaskaziBoost Your Week With A Hump Day Kayak ...

The chance to see ocean and bird life at sunrise and get to work on time

jeanlucs_4Share a Tasting Plate and a Bottle of ...

A hidden gem on Orphan street: Small and intimate bistro-style eatery with extra-special ...

cocosafar_steak1From Rib Eye To Vegetarian – Here Are ...

Gourmet burgers and steak, as well as cocktails, are now on the menu at this all-day cafe ...

La Paris_Deli2Wednesday Delights at La Paris Deli in ...

A bakery and bistro experience at one of the most beautiful winelands wedding venues, now ...

cartelcafe6Lunch Sorted: A Midweek Buffet At The ...

Fill up your plate and tuck into a tasty lunch spread every Wednesday and Thursday: From ...

two_oceans_aquariumMake Memorable Moments at Cape Town’s ...

Throw a party unlike any other at the Mother City’s underwater wonderland

Comedyclub_new11End Hump Day With a Laugh At The ...

Share the experience at Cape Town Comedy Club in the Waterfront’s Pumphouse every ...

Om Revolution vinyasa poseHave an Outdoor Yoga Experience with ...

Embrace your inner yogi outdoors

Rotterdam_EventGirlsGin2Ultimate Bachelorette Party: The Girls ...

Three days of gin pairings, massages and pool parties on a private guest farm in ...

HaskellVineyards 6Save On A Meal and Wine For Two At This ...

Haskell Vineyards offers patrons a delicious meal and glass of wine at a discounted price

glam_barBeauty Special: Gelish or Shellac Nails ...

Book via Whatsapp: Workday-perfect nail treatments with free rinse and discounts on all ...

OX boat rides 110% Off: See The Marine Big 5 on an ...

Whales, dolphins, penguins, cape fur seals and mola mola (sunfish), an awesome boat trip ...

theatre and film costume hire25% Off Hollywood-Calibre Costume ...

Wednesdays only: Gorgeous vintage cocktail dresses to realistic historical costumes for ...

Roast and Co Daily: Two Hours of 2-For-1 Specials at ...

Plus: Half-price on all “To Share” plates – see what’s on the menu here

house of hLook Who's Serving a R50 Lunch Special ...

Loved by locals, House of H now does delicious new lunch specials – from boerie rolls ...

Park Inn_RGB_ItalianDinnerSpecial5All-You-Can-Eat Italian Dinner Special ...

Made fresh right in front of you, with your choice of sauces and toppings – this is one ...

Jack Black Burger Winter SpecialGet Two Burgers for the Price of One ...

Grab your growler and bring a friend for burgers and beer at the Diep River taproom

grub_vine_3Free Wine Tasting Every Wednesday at ...

Grub & Vine’s #VineNight hosts a different wine farm

Vergenoegd_duckrun1Cheer On The Ducks At Vergenoegd Löw

Bring the kids along to experience the Duck Parade

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips

Curious to make exciting discoveries in Cape Town every day? "LIKE" us for a daily hidden gem.