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A South African diner: The Raptor Room

Valentina Nicol

Cape Town foodies, take a break from Bree Street and head over to The Raptor Room in Roeland Street. The Mother City's new dining hotspot is filled with palm printed walls, neon pink lights, a variety of dinosaurs and killer art from local creatives. Founded by Amy Lilley and her partner Danel Maree, The Raptor Room uses home-grown produce to serve American-style diner food. Their flavours are definitely some of the most unique in the area. 'I want people to feel engaged with the space, the people and the food. We hope we created a space full of excitement and soul,' says Amy, who's always wanted to run her own restaurant. Through saving up by working as a commercial diver for six years, her dream has finally been brought to life. Upon our visit to this joyful establishment we sampled the F*K bread (a mielie fritter stack with smoked jalapeno butter, heirloom tomato salad, and avo, coriander, mint salsa) and 100% Pure Beet (quinoa, edamame and sunflower seed patty with dill tzatziki, beetroot, apple and jalapeno relish, topped with wild rocket). We enjoyed every mouthful and still can't get over how delicious the home-made tomato and truffle sauce was. During our feast we admired local art by Tammy JoubertAmy Ayanda and Andie Reeves adorning the walls, all gloriously accompanied by some great tunes by Thor Rixon. Although Amy's first foray into the food business hasn't been easy, it's certainly been worth it. 'This shit is hard, but it's also one of the most fulfilling things I've ever done. My honest advice would be to just believe in your idea and yourself, regardless what everyone else has to say. If you love it, it will show in everything you do,' she says. In the not-so-distant future Amy hopes to extend the back of the restaurant to include a bar area and a space for live music that will no doubt attract Cape Town's most colourful of characters. If you're in search of scrumptious and hearty food, make The Raptor Room your new go-to. Our head office just so happens to be in perfect proximity, which means lunch time is about to get a whole lot better. For more info visit