21 November 2011

South Africa’s restaurant 'Oscars'

The winners of the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards were announced on Sunday 20 November.

Terroir Restaurant Terroir restaurant at Kleine Zalze wine estate

The winners this year have shown astonishing talent in world-class establishments. - Eat Out editor and judge, Abigail Donnelly

The Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards were recently announced at a glamorous celebration held at The Bay Hotel in Cape Town. For local foodies, these prestigious awards are seen as the yardstick for excellence when it comes to recognising the best-of-the best dining establishments in the country. The awards are the brainchild of Eat Out magazine. Deliberation includes recommendations from the carefully appointed Eat Out panel of judges and an online audience of over 75 000 users.

These local restaurant awards are based on strict criteria with a focus on food first and foremost, then ambience and service as well as additional criteria that add to the dining experience. The Cape Town restaurants had a massive showing with Stellenbosch holding its own as the gourmet dining capital of South Africa.

The 2011 winners are:

Chef of the Year: Luke Dale Roberts, The Test Kitchen

Top 10 Restaurants:

1. The Greenhouse (Restaurant of the Year) - Cellars-Hohenort hotel in Constantia, Cape Town.

2. The Test Kitchen – The Biscuit Mill, Woodstock, Cape Town.

3. The Tasting Room – Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek

4. The Roundhouse – Camps Bay, Cape Town

5. Overture – Hidden Valley Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

6. Terroir – Kleine Zalze Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

7. DW Eleven-13 – Dunkeld West, Johannesburg

8. Jordan Restaurant – Kloof Road, Stellenbosch

9. Nobu – One&Only Cape Town, V&A Waterfront

10. La Colombe – Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, Constantia

The Service Excellence of the Year Award went to The Roundhouse in Camps Bay and Garth Stroebel walked away with The Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award.

Additional Eat Out Awards went to Bizerca Bistro (Best Bistro); The Local Grill for Best Steakhouse (Boksburg, Parktown North, Sandton); Cape Town’s Kitima for Best Asian Restaurant; 95 Keerom (Cape Town) for Best Italian Restaurant; Stellenbosch’s The Table at De Meye for Best Country Style Restaurant. The Boschendal Style Award went to Makaron at Majeka House in Stellenbosch.

Gauteng foodies were pleased to note that the Salvation Café at the 44 Stanley Avenue Precinct was awarded the City Press VIP Sunday Breakfast Award.

Eat Out editor and judge, Abigail Donnelly summed up the awards by saying: ‘The winners this year have shown astonishing talent in world-class establishments’.