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Review of Raya Kitchen

Raya Kitchen
Ranked #312 of 1,171 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Description: Raya Kitchen by Kitima. Raya "Thai for King" expresses the elegance and sophistication in what we have achieved in not only our menu, but also our space in Mandela Rhodes Place. Recreating the romance of an Eastern way of life that has been infused into a western style of service. Focusing mainly on Dim Sum, we guarantee a culinary experience that will touch your heart and have you coming back
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Description: Raya Kitchen by Kitima. Raya "Thai for King" expresses the elegance and sophistication in what we have achieved in not only our menu, but also our space in Mandela Rhodes Place. Recreating the romance of an Eastern way of life that has been infused into a western style of service. Focusing mainly on Dim Sum, we guarantee a culinary experience that will touch your heart and have you coming back
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

We had dinner at Raya kitchen on Monday and the food was divine. We started off with dim sum and I had the Thai red curry with chicken and steamed rice for mains. Everything was represented beautifully and the service was excellent!!!
Please keep in mind that some of the noodle dishes come with a type of hard/fried noodle (my husband was unaware) so just double check with your waiter if that's not your kind of thing.

Thank KylieMaartens
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Popped into Raya for a quick business lunch. It's been on my radar to visit for a while and pleased I finally did. Beautiful decor with no expense spared. Loved the layout with the sunken lounge and split dining areas. The restaurant is glamorous and modern with a distinctive asian identity. The food was extremely well presented with great attention to detail. It was a Monday afternoon and relatively quiet so difficult to comment on the ambience. We had starters and mains. The calamari starter was very good. The vegetable springrolls were ok. Lovely fresh ingredients. I had a pad thai with prawns and my only issue is that the mild was too mild and rather sweet. I was unsure of the heat intensity and usually order hot when it comes to Thai food but thought to be on the safe side. The dried chilli flakes served with the meal didn't make any difference to the flavour or aid me in my quest for a most intense heat. Next time I'll definitely be ordering hot and will see how that goes. A very pleasant lunch in all and definitely will be back to try other dishes on the menu without the rush. The waiter was pleasant if maybe a little slow but then again we were in a slight rush. The manager stopped by our table to enquire about our meal and was very courteous. Looking forward to my next visit to Raya Kitchen!

Thank Merelou_J
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

On a night when the students from Stellenbosch, UCT and CPUT decided to wreak havoc in the City Centre, we took a chance and drove through to Raya Kitchen (as part of their participation in Restaurant Week 2016) to try their Thai cuisine. The students missed out on a good meal last night.

Off street parking is provided inside the Mandela Rhodes building.

We were a party of 5, one of whom is a strict vegetarian. Raya catered exquisitely for his needs and he was extremely happy with his courses. Andre at Raya was very reassuring before we arrived regarding the vegetarian choices available.

We started out the evening in their downstairs bar/chillout lounge with some cocktails before moving upstairs to our table. The non vegetarians had great choices at each course. The Golden Platter was lovely as was the Narai Platter. Wanting to try a bit of everything, we shared the platters between us.

The Tom Yum Goong was really good (one person doesn't really enjoy hot food but loved this). The Yum Hed Ruammit (exotic mushroom salad) was good, very tasty, but needed some more mushrooms. The description on the menu is also incorrect. I was expecting dried chilli flakes but got fresh chilli instead, which tasted better to me.

For mains, two opted for the Phad Ka Phrao Ped, a stir fried duck dish which was delicious. The others had a vegetarian version of the Gaeng Phed Goong and the prawn version as indicated on the menu. They were also very happy.

The dessert course was an extra course, a lovely crème brulee that rounded the meal off very well with coffee. Overall a very pleasant dining experience.

On the downside, there are no toilet facilities within the restaurant.

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Thank claudv
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

Raya Kitchen is located in Wale Street in the CBD making it the ideal spot for a business dinner, after work drinks or a romantic date. Thumbs up for the interior decorator - this place has such an otherworldly feel and a truly amazing ambience. Have some cocktails in the sunken lounge before you proceed to your table. The colour-theme is brown, grey and shades of gold; the restaurant is on dual levels and the glass walls and doors make it very spacious and light. Think: industrial chic meets Asia.
The food is very tasty and nicely presented - do try the duck spring rolls or satays as well as the stir fries. The food is reasonalby priced, but cocktails, wines and other drinks are very expensive (R 36 for a bottle of water). Our waitron was friendly, accomodating and knowledgeable but so flipping slow. Seriously, in a restaurant like this I expect top-notch service.

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Thank Roxxxy7
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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

It was amazing to see how do they have transformed a gallery into a very sophisticated spot! We really had a great time starting from the lounge where we had drinks while waiting for the table, the amazing decor of the spot, and the most important of the of the night was the stunning starters and main courses.

Thank Carlos S
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