I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit of a “town snob”… I therefore very rarely make it out to the southern suburbs (or any burbs for that matter). So when I was invited to a media dinner at the Phantom Taste Room at the new Purple Rayn Boutique Guest House in Constantia, I honestly didn’t really know what to expect.
What I can tell you though is that I definitely didn’t expect a palatial property with a Phantom of the Opera theme, hidden away in a leafy suburban street…
The Phantom Taste room is actually one of 3 restaurants on the property, with the other two being a breakfast & lunch cafe and a rooftop events venue & bar.
The decor in the Phantom dining area is a bit 80s-glam-meets-theatre-backdrop, not really my vibe personally, but it definitely brings to life the owner’s Phantom of the Opera vision.
Apart from a sushi bar & cocktail lounge, the Phantom Taste room also offers a tapas menu which I’m told will be updated regularly. On the night we worked our way through almost the entire menu, getting a taste of everything, including a little something from the sushi bar.
The man behind the food is Chef Warren Carney (previously from Madame Zingara, Asoka & Kloof Street House) who used Asian-inspiration to create his menu. After the first dish, which was simply named “Bread & mayo”, came out I knew I was going to like what Mr Carney had up his sleeve…
Overall, I really enjoyed the food & would go back for that alone. On the service side, the team was friendly & attentive and knew the menu well, which allows them to make some good wine recommendations too.
You can check out all the menus over here (including their sushi & cocktail menus). As with tapas in general, price-wise things do add up, especially if you’re wanting to try a couple of things, but I still felt that their prices were on par with what one would expect to see for this type of meal. If you’re clever with your choices however, you can definitely stretch your Rands a bit further.
My final summary would be: A bit out of the way (unless you live that side of course), decor isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but good food & lovely service. Based on the food & service alone, I’m going to give the Phantom Taste Room at Purple Rayn a score of on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale.
For reservations you can contact them on:
Reception: 021 110 0756
They are open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner and are located over here:
9 Bellevue Avenue
Constantia, Cape Town
** This was a media invite, therefore food & drinks were covered by the restaurant **