2017 was one for the books. From killer new tapas spots and theatrical fine dining to on-trend one-dish restaurants and swanky rooftop bars, the Mzansi restaurant scene certainly did not disappoint. For your viewing pleasure, here are 20 of the most viewed restaurants on eatout.co.za for 2017.
This popular spot took the title of Best Tapas Eatery in Gauteng at the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries in October. The vast menu keeps diners happy with pizzas, pasta, steak, pork belly and Woodview Wagyu sirloin, but in the end it’s the tapas that pulls the crowds.
This rooftop bar was one of the hottest summer locations in the Mother City. Set atop the majestic Zeitz MOCAA museum, it offers sweeping views of the city, mountain and harbour. Pop in to check out the art first, but you’ll need a reservation to access the 11th-floor bar.
The unstoppable Luke Dale-Roberts has just taken the number-one spot in our Top 10 for the sixth year running. The 10-course gourmand menu might feature pork scratchings with milk stout foam; sweetbreads with asparagus, morels and porcini Hollandaise; and a toasted turmeric marshmallow, still hot from the flames.
Bubble waffles, tacos and churros are undoubtedly a very internet-friendly combination, but this dessert parlour on Mackeurtan Avenue certainly isn’t losing any steam. With branches popping up all over KZN, the original branch is still the favourite, with its neighbouring Four15 burrito bar.
This sixth-floor spot in the historic Silo Hotel offers a comfortable yet contemporary menu with gorgeous interiors and cityscape views. Head here for breakfast of classic options like eggs Benedict; lunch of grillhouse favourites like steak frites; or a post-museum visit Royal Tea. There are also champagne and carving trolleys that add even more elegance to the experience. Reservations are required.
Opened by chef Liam Tomlin of Chefs Warehouse fame with chef John van Zyl heading up the kitchen, Thali presents diners with an Eastern voyage through a set tapas menu with curries, tandoori meats, aromatic seafood and delicate desserts. To boot, Thali was a Top 10 nominee in 2017.
This bar and restaurant is still one of the inner city’s most popular hangouts. Look out for its happy-hour specials or enjoy scrumptious braai food while playing a game of pool.
Liam Tomlin’s award-winning tapas restaurant has extended its reach to the southern suburbs with Ivor Jones at the helm. Look forward to dishes like smoked trout with burrata, beetroot and saffron; tender tuna with ginger-and-citrus dressing and lime-cured cream cheese; or a triumphant carrot risotto with crispy sage and roasted walnuts. For dessert, the floral lavender crème is heavenly. A new entry to our Top 10.
The USA doughnut brand has brought its glazed treats to the East Coast shores at this Umhlanga branch. Conveniently located in Gateway Shopping Centre, it makes for a great post-shopping treat.
Eat Out Rising Star for 2017, chef Kayla-Ann Osborn serves up ever-changing seasonal dishes in a gorgeous setting in Umhlanga Village. Expect dishes like local oysters with apple and chilli oil, salmon tortellini with lemon cream, and plump wood-fired prawns with garlic butter foam.
This stunning venue has made the cover and homepage of every décor title in the land with its iconic curved chapel. The restaurant is beautifully designed with more casual and robust food conceptualised by Pete Goffe-Wood.
Chefs Scot Kirton and James Gaag and the team are pulling out all the stops to wow diners with theatrical touches at this Top 10 restaurant, but flavour remains top of the list of priorities. Expect some fantastical dishes like the king crab with yuzu gel and lime-green asparagus mousse, the infamous tinned tuna, and a surprise Enchanted Forest course for those who love a bit of drama.
Aadil Mayat and Tim and Lawrence Lai’s modern take on Asian street food is an absolute hit in Jozi. Tuck into bao, tapas bowls and plates and skewers (soko).
Head to this hip Asian-inspired eatery with your biggest group of mates so that you can taste all the tapas, buns, bowls and sushi rolls. Then go back for your favourites.
This vibey spot serves up great burgers and tasty cocktails. Tragically, West Coast Rock lobster is now on the SASSI red list, but the owners are engaging with suppliers to find a sustainable supply, and they’re now doing a tasty prawn roll that certainly hits the spot.
Generously portioned Asian tapas plates continue to please at this moody eatery adjoining a boutique hotel. Be sure to try one of the deliciously punchy cocktails on offer.
The massive American-themed menu and stylish decor is what keeps people clicking on this spot. Expect everything from bagels and chowder to gourmet dogs. Highlights are Cajun fish with spiced rice; the Coney Island dog with lashings of ketchup, red onions, mustard and cheese; and the po’boy prawn sandwich.
It’s no surprise that Chantel Dartnall and her team have taken the number two spot in the 2017 Top 10. Dining at Mosaic is a special treat that features a sensory journey filled with exquisite plating and dynamic flavours. Be transported with creative dishes like the Tidal Pool with goose-liver spheres and Sea Mist with tender scallops and East Coast lobster. Restaurant Mosaic was also the winner of the 2017 Eat Out Service Excellence Award and sommelier Moses Magwaza was awarded the 2017 Eat Out Wine Service Award.
Perfect for sundowners, this Sandton bar offers killer city views. Sip on a cocktail and tuck into easy-eating bar food as you soak up the Jozi air. On cooler evenings, guests can cosy up to one of the roaring fire pits.
Dining here is a culinary journey that stretches from Japan to Mexico and Italy to Argentina. Start with a scallop or fresh oysters, progress to generously portioned flame-grilled meats or paella, then move on to traditional churros or a whoopee pie ice-cream sandwich with Nutella.
This list shows what readers are searching for on eatout.co.za, compiled using statistics of the most-viewed restaurant listings from 1 January to 31 December 2017.