Eat Out Awards
The annual Eat Out Awards (the brainchild of Eat out magazine) is the most comprehensive independent review of the best establishments for wining and dining in the country.
The South African Eat Out Awards cover the complete spectrum of restaurants, with the exception of take away, fast food and major restaurant chains.
A team of restaurant reviewers comprising chefs, food critics, food writers, food educators and retailers, conduct unannounced visits, and eat as regular paying customers. Neither their meal, nor any associated costs, is sponsored or paid for in any way, and an identical set of scoring criteria is applied across all establishments reviewed.
The Eat Out Restaurant Awards scoring method is out of 100 points. Food, 70 points, is evaluated based on menu composition, seasonality and sustainability, innovation, presentation, taste, price value and wine choice. Service accounts for 20 points, and ambience for 10 points.
However, it’s not just a matter of getting the best scores. Nominees are closely scrutinised and debated, by a panel of top chefs and food experts, before being considered for a place in the awards.
In keeping with food trends worldwide, the judges are looking for 'restaurants that acknowledge their heritage, have great relationships with farmers and the land, and produce food with freshness, flair and integrity, while using the latest technology and techniques to translate their talent to the table'.
Like Zagat’s in the USA, or the UK’s Good Food Guide, a spin-off of the South African Eat Out Awards is its companion magazine, Eat Out - The Best 1000 Places to Eat in South Africa. Featured restaurants must have met certain guidelines, achieved certain scores, and are included on the basis of merit only.
No restaurant may pay to be included in the guide, making the publication an up to date, impartial restaurant bible for gourmands in search of South Africa’s finest dining.