The winners of the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards

The country’s best restaurants and culinary giants were honoured at the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards at GrandWest in Cape Town on Sunday, 18 November 2018.

A scallop and roasted pumpkin dish by Greg Czarnecki. Photo supplied.

The Top 10 restaurants

1. The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West)

2. The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town)

3. La Colombe (Constantia, Cape Town)

4. Wolfgat (Paternoster, West Coast)

5. La Petite Colombe (Franschhoek)

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

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

8. Camphors at Vergelegen (Somerset West)

9. Jardine Restaurant (Stellenbosch)

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

Le Coin Français

One of Darren Badenhorst’s desserts at Le Coin Français. Photo supplied

We also honoured numbers 11 to 20:

11. Fermier Restaurant (Die Wilgers, Pretoria)

12. Jordan Restaurant (Stellenbosch)

13. Foliage (Franschhoek)

14. Le Coin Français (Franschhoek)

15. The Chefs’ Table (Umhlanga, Durban)

16. Chefs Warehouse at Maison (Franschhoek)

17. La Tête (City Bowl, Cape Town)

18. Overture (Stellenbosch)

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

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

The Chefs Table

One of Kayla-Ann Osborn’s dishes at The Chefs’ Table, first-time nominee. Photo supplied.

All the winners

In addition to the announcement of the Top 10, stellar restaurants and individuals on the South African scene also received special awards. They are:

Eat Out S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year: Kobus van der Merwe, Wolfgat (Paternoster)

Eat Out Diners Club Award for Service Excellence: The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town)

Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year: Janse & Co (Gardens, Cape Town)

Eat Out Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef Award: shared by Chris Erasmus, Foliage (Franschhoek) and Ivor Jones, Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia, Cape Town)

Eat Out Nederburg Rising Star: Candice Philip, Grei (Sandhurst, Johannesburg)

Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award: The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal (Franschhoek)

Eat Out VISI Style Award: Saint Restaurant (Sandton, Johannesburg)

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

Eat Out John Psillos Award for Outstanding Contribution to Service: Germain Lehodey

Eat Out Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award: Abigail Donnelly

Woolworths TASTE Eat Out Bursary: Thapelo Tsotsetsi

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 EatOutMag for photographs of the awards celebration.


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