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Street food in style European street food now at home at Wembley Square


The latest addition to Cape Town’s vibrant food scene, RUA, serves a wide range of delicious meals inspired by European street food in an open-space restaurant with brick-face walls and a touch of Moroccan/Mediterranean decor. Whether you are in the mood for a light or hearty breakfast, a quick lunch snack, a drink after work or an outing with the entire family or friends, RUA offers you all of that and much more.

How about a healthy vanilla chia pudding with coconut and pomegranate or a hearty egg and rosti stack with bacon and baby spinach for breakfast or mushroom tikka fritters, seared duck, a juicy burger or exotic salads for lunch or dinner? Their starters, flatbreads with yummy toppings and a large tapas menu offers ideal food to share with your friends and family, even colleagues and potential business partners. Just like the American general and author, Samuel Chamberlain, said

The gentle art of gastronomy is a friendly one. It hurdles the language barrier, makes friends among civilized people, and warms the heart.

And while you wait for your food, you can sip one of the many cocktails and drinks from the bar and admire the murals of Che Guevara and a street somewhere in the Mediterranean. True to the Spanish tradition,

they currently run a fantastic (very long) happy hour special from 3 – 6 pm, where you get free tapas

such as a spring roll, a chili popper or one of their mouth-watering risotto ball for every 500 ml draught or cocktail you order. Their long wine, beer and cocktail list includes some well known names as well as some lovely new surprises. A Moscow Mule or a Light ‘n’ Fluffy, anyone? All tapas are half price and you get a 2-for-1 cocktail special as well as half price draughts during their happy hour.

But happy hour isn’t the only time, when you can save some money. From 12 – 2 pm, you get a cheese burger with chips, open sandwiches and a flatbread with various delicious toppings as well as a few other lunch meals for only R50.

RUA not only offers great food and drinks, but also great entertainment. Large TVs have been fitted throughout the restaurant, so you can go out with your family for a proper dinner AND watch the game. Every Friday night is party night with some great deep-house beats from Mzansi’s finest DJs. Plus, if you get lonely from working from home, pop in for a coffee and enjoy their free Wi-Fi and a friendly chat with one of their charming staff members.

To stay up-to-date with their specials and gigs, follow them on Facebook or on Twitter and Instagram @eatrua. If you’d like to book the venue for a private function (for up to 200 people) contact them via their website

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Alexandra is a tourist guide, writer, translator for German & English, improviser and environmentalist with all her heart and soul. She enjoys experimental vegetarian/vegan cooking with high emphasis on organic and locally grown food. She is also a tea connoisseur (read: total tea snob). If she isn't hiking up some mountain, enjoying a glass of wine at sunset or getting down and dirty in her little garden, she is happiest driving down an unknown road and ending up at a place that turns out to be a still undiscovered gem.
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