Housed in a former flower-packing shed overlooking one of the Elgin fruit region’s many valleys, Rojaal (the Afrikaans word for abundance) was established in 2016 by enterprising apple farmer Arno Reuvers. Today, it is a popular haven and function venue.
A place for the heart, Rojaal is defined by its heritage-style décor and wholesome menu that hark back to days of innocence, goodness and generosity.
Take the road less travelled and discover Rojaal, an authentic country eatery among the peaceful, rolling hills of Elgin a short drive from the bustle of Cape Town.
Whether you’re passing by on a trip up the N2; taking a break after tackling one of the region’s many MTB trails; or just looking to get away to a slice of heaven away-from-it-all, Rojaal should be your rest-stop of choice.
“The name Rojaal epitomises South African hospitality, from the abundance of food to the care and love that underscores every meal,” says Reuvers. “I believe all of us share some kind of memory that recalls happiness; a moment in time we were happiest. It’s a semblance of this authenticity that we seek to re-create at Rojaal.”
The eatery sits on a grassy ridge, almost inconspicuous in the gentle green landscape. Inside, the setting is homely – exposed, rustic trusses link distressed, corrugated panelling while farmhouse furniture, crockery and cutlery complete the picture. A corner of the room is taken up by a plush, vintage lounge suite and an old fireplace – the place to be when the mist rolls in. Then, step through the double-doors, onto a veranda occupied by jolly umbrellas and outside seating. Beyond a children’s playground, the vista rolls away to distant blue-green mountains.
The menu is a perfect reflection of the Rojaal philosophy, whether you’re popping in for a light snack or something more substantial. In a tiny, magical kitchen, Chef Orscilla Hitchcock carefully applies her loving touch to ingredients in producing a collection of truly marvellous creations. Originally from Prince Albert, she completed her studies at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Hotel School in Granger Bay, Cape Town, before joining the Volkskombuis in Stellenbosch. Her path then led her to Leeuwenhof, official residence of the Premier of the Western Cape, where she headed up the kitchen brigade.
All the timeless country favourites are there, from roosterkoek to traditional chicken sosaties – each with Rojaal’s unique spin. Try the Eggs Benedictus, poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce offered in various formats including on bobotie; or the Brilliant Chicken Salad, a fresh and crispy serving of greens with sesame soy sauce and a honey mustard balsamic vinegar dressing, and a side of roosterkoek – just in case.
Every meal is prepared on site – from the fluffy blueberry-infused bread to the delish black brioche roll infused with black squid ink that bookends Rojaal’s “Next Level” hamburger.
Those hamburgers are also on the menu on Burger Night Fridays 18:00 (last orders taken at 20:00), while a traditional, table-creaking buffet on the last Sunday of every month has already built a large and loyal following among locals-in-the-know. Bookings are essential if you want to join this treat.
And what would a country eatery be without cake? Rojaal lines up a daily offer of these mouth-watering pièces de résistance. Of course, there’s more than just tea on offer. Enjoy a steaming cup of “Boeretroos” coffee or a CreamSoda float and simply watch the world go by.
Rojaal seats 60 people, but is available for functions catering for up to 100 people too. Whether it’s a birthday party or intimate wedding, Rojaal has to be your first choice.