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The top reader-reviewed restaurants of the week

Want to know where the best restaurants are in your ‘hood? Here are the restaurants our readers have been loving in the past seven days. Each week for the next four weeks, we’ll be giving away one R500 voucher to spend on Yuppiechef to a lucky reader who writes a review on our site. The winner of the first voucher is Linda Curling, for her review of Hoghouse Brewing Company in Ndabeni.

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Joburg

The Big Mouth Sushi & Grill (Sandown)
I was so excited when I saw the unique menu… I recommend the fish and chips sushi roll. It’s an amazing take on the British fish and chips with mushy peas, my favourite. The Asian flavours meld well together with the pub dish, the battered hake is beautifully crisp and the chips are crisps layered on top of the sushi pieces. –  SandiSplash

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Caraffa (Menlyn)
Caraffa Ristorante is excellent. As simple as that. The food is out of this world and has never disapointed us, ever. I was lucky enough to experience a trip to Italy in 2013 and I can honestly say Caraffa transports me right back with the decor, ambiance and, of course, the unbeatable food. –  Corne Mukheibir

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The wine selection at Caraffa Ristorante. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The wine selection at Caraffa Ristorante. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Craft (Parkhurst)
Never in my life have I received such amazing service like I have at Craft! The moment you stand outside their restaurant you are greeted with a warm friendly smile and someone wanting to seat you. The atmosphere is fun and busy, with waiters serving customers with out of this world gourmet milkshakes or scrumptious meals. –  Angelique Stanton

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People seated outside at Craft in Parkhurst. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

People seated outside at Craft in Parkhurst. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Whippet (Linden)
Stunning, stunning place located in Linden. The staff are so friendly and passionate. The food is delicious, highly recommend the eggs Benedict. The coffee is fantastic, and you can chat to the barista and they are very willing to make the tastes perfect for you. –  Anandie Klasen

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Inside at The Whippet. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Inside at The Whippet. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Pretoria

Hemingways Restaurant & Wine Cellar (Centurion)
Possibly one of my favourite hidden gems! If you are looking for a space for a couple’s night out or an intimate party of 8 to 10 – this is it! The pork belly with baby apple is pure perfection, and I have been so ruined I cannot order it anywhere else. –  Heidi Young

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The bar at Hemingway’s Restaurant and Wine Cellar. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The bar at Hemingway’s Restaurant and Wine Cellar. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Pure (Colbyn)
Interesting menu with something for everyone in our family. Kids loved the chocolate surprise at the bottom of the Strawberry Smoothie. Banana and Almond Flapjacks were tasty and the Pure Sandwich I will have again. –  Karin van Eck

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Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein)
Restaurant Mosaic is not for the faint-hearted. Not only is it an experience that you will need to carefully budget and save up for (that bill is frightening!), but Chantal Dartnall’s creations definitely colour outside of the lines. –  Tania Kliphuis

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Tiffany dining room at Restaurant Mosaic

The Tiffany dining room at Restaurant Mosaic. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Salt Eatery (Hazlewood)
Very tasty breakfast menu. Best breakfast burger, all components were made perfect and the shoestring chips with parmesan and truffle a must. Rye bread is wonderful and coffee that I went back for. –  Karin van Eck

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The bar counter at Salt.

The bar counter at Salt. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Signature Restaurant (Brooklyn)
We enjoyed the whole experience. The waiter was well informed with the specials and the wine recommendations were spot on. The live music was just the right volume to be able to have a conversation. We had a variety of dishes and they were all delicious. –  Karin van Eck

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Durban

The Address (Berea)
Ever since I moved to KZN, I have been frequenting this restaurant. It is by far one of the best Halaal fast food and sit-in restaurants in the city. The peri-peri dishes are hot just like I like it, and the special Coimbra spice is out of this world. –  Densley Pillay

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Inside at The Address. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Inside at The Address. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Port Elizabeth

Fushin Champagne and Tapas Bar
“I was blown away by the quality and presentation of the food we ordered. We had a selection of chorizo, scallops, Japanese chicken nuggets and mussels. I have eaten tapas in a few places but this definitely took first prize.” –  Kevin Aitchison

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Fushin sushi chef

A sushi chef in action at Fushin Sushi and Eastern Cuisine. Photograph courtesy of the restaurant

Cape Town

Active Sushi (Hudson Street)
Great ambience and variety of sushi, the service was excellent. –  Sachar86

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Active Sushi in Hudson Street. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Active Sushi in Hudson Street. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Bukhara (V&A Waterfront)
I have been to this fantastic establishment so many times and cannot get enough of it. Their food and service is excellent. I love Indian food. –  Kim-Leigh Thompson

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Dapper Coffee Co. (City Bowl)
A nice addition to the breakfast scene on Bree Street. The breakfast menu is inventive, and the brioche breakfast bun was particularly delicious. The chickpeas in the other dish we tried were a little undercooked. Worth a visit though, particularly if you like classic cars. –  Anna Gosling

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guests seated inside at Dapper Coffee Co.

Guests seated inside at Dapper Coffee Co. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Hoghouse Brewing Company (Ndabeni)
The location and setting might be so unpretentious as to make you wonder if you’re in the right place, but Hoghouse Barbeque is well worth a visit. The food is exceptionally well-priced for the quality, the service was efficient, and the staff were friendly and relaxed. Most of us opted for the pulled pork, which was lightly smoked and melt-in-the-mouth juicy and tender; the brisket was also praised highly. –  Linda Curling

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The Hog House Brewing Company. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Hog House Brewing Company. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Homespun Restaurant (Table View)
Absolutely brilliant – can only highly recommend – A1 rating !!!! –  Kim Austin

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A fruity dessert at Homespun. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A fruity dessert at Homespun. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

La Frasca (Gardens)
Quality unpretentious Italian cuisine that is good value for money. Cosy and casual dining experience, with a very homely ambience and charming hands-on hosts. Highly recommend the authentic pizzas and calzones. They allow corkage at a reasonable cost. –  Megan Harris

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The Larder (Diep River)
The four of us had lunch at The Larder. All of us enjoyed it immensely. The lunch is not your typical fast food, although we did get our food very quickly. Our meals were extraordinary; beautifully presented and deliciously tasting. –  Tom Patterson

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Foodstuffs at The Larder . Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Foodstuffs at The Larder . Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Stud Burger Saloon (Woodstock)
Best burgers in town! –  Simone Potter

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Tribakery (Tokai)
Wow what a wonderful place to find in this quiet leafy setting. The service was friendly and the lunch delicious. We were also lucky to meet the new owner who made sure that we were well taken care of and recommended some decadent desserts. –  Ana-Paola Little

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Tjing Tjing Torii (City Bowl)
So many little tastes and textures and flavours… sweet sauces, crunchy fried morsels, fresh crisp veggies, chewy noodles, umami-rich broth and surprising little sides. Loved the pork buns dripping in tasty sauce, the miso corn (I scooped up the butter with my spoon), the sesame brocolli, the tempura beef, and the sweet endings of sake, lime and ginger sorbet and caramelised cardamom popcorn. –  Lily Pienaar

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A Pork Atsui Dog from Tjing Tjing Torii. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A Pork Atsui Dog from Tjing Tjing Torii. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Rocomama’s (Green Point)
Affordable, tasty burgers. We popped in for a quick supper, and were very happy. The toppings don’t feel refined – they’re cheesy and lacking in subtlety, but sometimes an oozy burger is what you’re after. The ribs were also full of flavour – loved the Jack sauce. –  Anna Gosling

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Vivante (Cavendish Square)
The salt and pepper squid was amazing, as were the fish cakes… And the Asian chicken salad… And the quesadillas – the staff are super friendly and the place is beautiful! Will be returning soon! –  Matthew Stark

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Winelands

Beans About Coffee (Riebeek Kasteel)
I like my coffee shop to be about the coffee – these guys are pretty focused on that and do a fantastic job. They are without a doubt the best cup of coffee in the small town of Riebeek Kasteel and possibly for at least 100km in any direction. They roast daily and have a wide range of beans for sale in the shop – ground or in bean format. –  Lewis Nieburg

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Outside at Beans About Coffee. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Outside at Beans About Coffee. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Cafe Blanc de Noir (Stellenbosch)
The restaurant is located with a small stream that runs in front of it, very pretty. There is lawn for kids to play on in front and a small jungle gym area. The restaurant became very busy so I would also recommend that visitors book before hand. My kids had the children’s pizza and really enjoyed them. –  Michelle Gross

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Cafe BonBon (Franschhoek)
Beautiful property tucked away in the heart of Franschhoek. Perfect for a romantic getaway or just to escape the noise of the city. Service was brilliant and the roast belly of pork was out of this world! Would definitely recommend Café Bonbon. –  Joline Marais

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A cafe bonbon - coffee and condensed milk. Photo by Chris Gladis.

A cafe bonbon – coffee and condensed milk. Photo by Chris Gladis.

Floreal Brasserie (Stellenbosch)
We had dinner at Floreal on Saturday night – what a rare find it was. Beautiful setting (rustic yet pretty) and so serenely peaceful. With Creedence Clearwater Revival playing in the background, sitting under a verandah – and the food! Explosions of flavour, well presented and so reasonably priced. –  Debby Coltman

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Harvest at Laborie (Paarl)
We visited on a very hot day and had a most superb table under the oak trees which allowed us to keep a good eye on our children playing at the jungle gym. The views over the vineyards and mountains are beautiful to say the least.  –  Michelle Gross

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Harvest at Laborie

Outside at Harvest at Laborie. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais (Franschhoek)
Wow!!! This is one of the most amazing experiences we’ve had in quite some time! Great service, delicate, artistic food and spot-on wine pairings. Definitely a must-do destination. –  Hendrika se Clercq

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The interior at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Terroir (Stellenbosch)
Sitting outside under the marquee and old oak trees in the summer months makes for a wonderful, romantic setting. And during winter sitting inside near the fireplace is just perfect… You can never go wrong with chef Michael’s signature prawn risotto dish to start and the Angus beef dish for mains. –  Darron Diesel

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