The Raya Kitchen brings you ultimate Thai Cuisine in Cape Town
Raya Kitchen opened during 2016 in the Mandela Rhodes Building, Wale Street, and features 3 levels of culinary sophistication for lovers of Thai cuisine.
Choose your view
Downstairs a lounge area invites you to stop for a while and enjoy a pre-dinner drink or a nibble from the starter menu, before proceeding to the main event upstairs. One floor up provides the opportunity to watch the passing spectacle below as you enjoy your meal, while the top floor restaurant is elegantly decked out in a formal setting complete with sparkly glasses and glistening cutlery.
Dramatically poised chandeliers reflect off the plate glass façade and gold and black décor creating an unmistakably mysterious and romantic Asian ambience.
The menu is extensive, backed up by a long wine list and great selection of cocktails, and your ultra-efficient and courteous waitron will be happy to advise the indecisive diner. Even the most hardened Thai food aficionados have a hard time deciding between al the dim sums, curries, tom um soups, stir-fries, noodles and seafood dishes on offer.
The wine list includes some niche products alongside the big names. It also has an introduction to the wine styles that are best suited to Asian cuisine as well as vintages, tasting notes and pairing suggestions for each wine, which make for interesting reading.
An easy way out
One of the 4-course set menus provides plenty of variety and is a failsafe way to try a little of everything if you simply can’t decide between all these delicacies. Whatever you do decide on, be sure to leave room for dessert in the form of a simply divine coconut crème brûlée.
This is the route I chose and ended up with a crunchy spring roll, scrummy chicken satay and tender prawn cake for starters. Next up was an exquisite blend of prawn broth with coconut milk, galangal, lemon grass, mushrooms and lime leaf, followed by perfectly marinated kingklip in feather-light batter, topped with basil and hot, sweet and sour sauce.
Raya Kitchen is open from Monday to Saturday from 11h30 am to 11h00pm and bookings are advised although not essential.
Try out some Thai on your next luxury Cape Town night (or day) out.