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The most popular restaurants of 2015

With a New Year comes all sorts of fresh attitudes and ideas. This list, however, proves that some things never get old – like memorable restaurant experiences with delicious food and drinks. The following 15 venues were searched and seen by the most eyeballs on Eat Out in 2015.

1. Five Hundred (Sandton, Johannesburg)

Outgoing executive chef David Higgs has left his mark, and the Saxon team is thriving at the site of the brand new The Test Kitchen pop-up.

A table at Five Hundred. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A table at Five Hundred. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

2. DW Eleven-13 (Dunkeld West, Johannesburg)

Charismatic chef Marthinus Ferreira continues to draw the Joburg crowds with his tasty, elegant cuisine.

A dish at DW Eleven-13. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A dish at DW Eleven-13. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

3. Village Idiot (City Bowl, Cape Town)

You have to arrive early to miss the queue at the door of this drinking hole, but the braai-style eats leave punters satisfied.

Inside the restaurant. Photo by Laura McCullagh.

Inside The Village Idiot. Photo by Laura McCullagh.

4. PRON Restuarant (Linden, Johannesburg)

The People’s Republic of Noodles takes guests on a culinary trip to chef Emma Chen’s homeland.

PRON inside

The interior of PRON. Photograph courtesy of the restaurant

5. The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town)

Always a winner. Chef Luke Dale-Roberts has nabbed no.1 in the Top 10 for the last four years.

The table setting at The Test Kitchen. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The table setting at The Test Kitchen. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

6. The Deckhouse Crab Shack and BBQ (City Bowl, Cape Town)

If the half-price cocktail pitchers on weekdays between 4pm and 5pm don’t win you over, the views of Table Mountain sure will.

The Deckhouse Crab Shack

Fare from the Deckhouse Crab Shack. Image courtesy of the restaurant

7. Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria)

An experience characterised by its theatre and playfulness, dinner at chef Chantel’s table never fails to wow. No. 7 in the 2015 Top 10.

The interior at Restaurant Mosaic. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Restaurant Mosaic. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

8. Life Grand Cafe Pretoria (Hazelwood, Pretoria)

A relaxed and comfortable setting with tasty tapas to match.

The interior at the Life Grande Café in Waterkloof. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at the Life Grande Café in Waterkloof. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

9. La Mouette (Sea Point, Cape Town)

Chef Henry Vigar treats his fans with the most reasonably priced six-course tasting menu in town.

La Mouette interior

La Mouette’s interior. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

10. Jaipur Palace (Durban Central)

For those who prefer the hot, the spicy and the flavourful.

11. Hudson’s The Burger Joint (Parkhurst, Johannesburg)

With an exciting cocktail menu, great burger options and bustling vibe, this is the perfect place for socialising.

The restaurant's exterior. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The restaurant’s exterior. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

12. Jordan Restaurant (Stellenbosch)

Chef George Jardine serves sophisticated dishes with just the right amount of minimalism at this serene winelands spot. No. 10 in the 2015 Top 10.

A lamb dish with vegetables at Jordan Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A lamb dish with vegetables at Jordan Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

13. Charango (City Bowl, Cape Town)

Everyone wants to be the friend of this new kid on the Bree-Street block, thanks to its Peruvian-inspired fare and drinks.

Inside Charango on Bree Street. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Inside Charango on Bree Street. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

14. Old Town Italy (Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulua-Natal)

As the name would suggest, this Italian-inspired café and deli has a quaint neighbourhood feel reminiscent of days gone by.

the guys at Old Town Italy

Outside seating at Old Town Italy . Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

15. Restaurant Parreirinha (La-Rochelle, Johannesburg)

Anyone can afford a trip to Portugal at this fun and authentic restaurant.

Wines in a rack at Restaurant Parreirinha. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Wines in a rack at Restaurant Parreirinha. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

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