Eat Out Awards Top 20
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
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!