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26 November 2010

Eat Out Awards Top 20

South Africa’s best restaurants are battling it out next month for a place in the Eat Out magazine’s Top 10 list. Cape Town’s eateries dominate the Top 20 list, but there are a few notable contributions from Johannesburg, Pretoria and the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

Award-winning cuisine at La Colombe Fine fare at La Colombe, one of Cape Town's top restaurants

Johannesburg celebrates global food. Cape Town is known for beautiful views and fine dining, while Durban has everyday eateries that cook with care and generosity and celebrate uncomplicated food in a laid-back terroir. - Abigail Donelly, editor of Eat Out magazine

The Eat Out Awards take place on the 28th of November at Cape Town's Westin Grand Hotel, and local restaurateurs have their fingers crossed.

Abigail Donelly, editor of Eat Out magazine, says this year's selection is nothing short of exceptional and that each city offers a unique take on cuisine. ‘The South African restaurant scene is exciting and diverse. We can sum it up by taking a look at our 3 main cities. Johannesburg celebrates global food. If you are looking for great ethnic fare from Congolese, Ethiopian to Chinese, and especially Italian, this is the city you want to be visiting. Cape Town is known for beautiful views and fine dining, while Durban has everyday eateries that cook with care and generosity and celebrate uncomplicated food in a laid-back terroir,' she says.

She says that local restaurants offer an unparalled quality experience to international travelers. ‘I believe that South Africa is involving into a foodie destination,' says Donelly. ‘We offer world-class food at a fraction of the price it would cost overseas. SA's top restaurant, La Columbe is currently rated 12th on the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants list so we are able to compete against the best in the world.'

She says that it's often difficult to pin down exactly what South African cuisine is. ‘South African cuisine is as diverse as its people. Beyond the cuisine, I think that the South Africa culinary industry focuses on supporting local farmers and producers. Supporting our local industry is crucial for sustainability,' says Donelly.

The 2010 Eat Out Restaurant Awards 20 top nominees are:

Bosman's, Grande Roche Hotel, Paarl

Restaurant Christophe, Stellenbosch

DW Eleven-13, Johannesburg

George Jardine at Jordan Restaurant, Stellenbosch

The Greenhouse, The Cellars Hohenhort, Cape Town

Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

Jardine, Cape Town

La Colombe, Cape Town

Linger Longer, Johannesburg

Mosaic Restaurant, Crocodile River Valley

Overture, Stellenbosch

The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Somerset West

Reubens in Franschhoek

Roots, Cradle of Humankind

The Roundhouse, Cape Town

Rust en Vrede, Stellenbosch

Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek

Terroir, Kleine Zalze, Stellenbosch

Zachary's, Pezula, Garden Route

Watch this space for updates on the winners!