The winners of the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards

South Africa’s culinary talents were announced at the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards on Sunday 19 November at the Grand Arena at GrandWest in Cape Town.

Milk curd with Granny Smith apple, raspberry-poached kohlrabi and concentrated Cape gooseberries from The Restaurant at Waterkloof. Photo supplied.

The Top 10 restaurants

1. The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town)

2. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria)

3. The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West)

4. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia, Cape Town)

5. Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort (Constantia, Cape Town)

6. Camphors at Vergelegen (Somerset West)

7. La Colombe (Constantia, Cape Town)

8. The Shortmarket Club (City Bowl, Cape Town)

9. Overture (Stellenbosch)

10. The Pot Luck Club (Woodstock, Cape Town)

A dish at Fermier Restaurant. Photo supplied.

This year, we also honoured numbers 11 to 20:

11. Jardine Restaurant (Stellenbosch)

12. Foliage (Franschhoek)

13. Wolfgat (Paternoster)

14. Jordan Restaurant (Stellenbosch)

15. Fermier Restaurant (The Willows, Pretoria)

16. Thali (Gardens, Cape Town)

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

18. Hartford House (Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal)

19. Luke Dale-Roberts X The Saxon (Sandhurst, Johannesburg)

20. La Tête (City Bowl, Cape Town)

The soup du jour from Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient. Photo supplied.

All the winners

Stellar restaurants and individuals on the South African scene also received special awards. (Stay tuned for more about each winner in the coming week.) They are:

Eat Out S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year: Liam Tomlin of Chefs Warehouse & Canteen (City Bowl, Cape Town)

Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year: La Petite Colombe (Franschhoek)

Eat Out Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef: Kobus van der Merwe, Wolfgat (Paternoster, West Coast)

Eat Out Rising Star: Kayla-Ann Osborn, The Chefs Table (Umhlanga)

Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award: Camphors at Vergelegen (Somerset West)

Eat Out Service Excellence Award: Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria)

Eat Out Wine Service Award: Moses Magwaza, Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria)

Eat Out John Psillos Award for Outstanding Contribution to Service: Morne Wessels, La Petite Colombe (Franschhoek)

Eat Out Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award: Letitia Prinsloo

Eat Out Style Award: Fermier Restaurant (The Willows, Pretoria)

Woolworths TASTE Eat Out Bursary winner: Bryan Mlotshwa

Click here for more information on the judging for each of the awards.

Follow @Eat_Out on Twitter and search #EatOutAwards for all the awards excitement. Visit Eat Out’s Instagram page @eatoutguide and Facebook page for photographs of the awards celebration.


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