Award Winners

Eat Out Restaurant Awards winners 2012

The glittering awards ceremony was held at the Westin Cape Town, in the Grand Ballroom, and guests were treated to a four-course meal prepared by top chefs. Without further ado, here are the winners of this year’s awards.

The Top 10 restaurants:
1.     The Test Kitchen
2.     The Tasting Room
3.     Jordan Restaurant
4.     Overture
5.     Rust en Vrede
6.     DW Eleven-13
7.     La Colombe
8.     The Greenhouse
9.     Terroir
10.   Hartford House

Restaurant of the Year
The Test Kitchen

Chef of the Year
Margot Janse of The Tasting Room

Service Excellence Award
Rust en Vrede

The Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award brought to you by Paarl Media
Alicia Wilkinson of Silwood School of Cookery

Best Bistro
9th Avenue Bistro

Best Steakhouse
Carne SA

Best Country-style Restaurant
Fresh at Paul Cluver Wine Estate

Best Asian Restaurant
Saigon (Gardens)

Best Italian restaurant
Café del Sol

Boschendal Style Award in association with Visi
Green House at Babylonstoren

TASTE Eat Out Bursary
Damien Stemmet



2012 nominees

Klapmuts (Western Cape)

Bistrot Bizerca
Cape Town (Western Cape)

Delaire Graff Estate Restaurant 
Stellenbosch (Western Cape)

DW Eleven-13
Johannesburg (Gauteng)

The Greenhouse (The Cellars-Hohenort) 
Cape Town (Western Cape)

Jordan Restaurant
Stellenbosch (Western Cape)

La Colombe
Cape Town (Western Cape)

Stellenbosch (Western Cape)

Stellenbosch (Western Cape)

Pierneef à La Motte
Franschhoek (Western Cape)

Planet Restaurant at the Mount Nelson
Cape Town (Western Cape)

Hartford House
Mooi River (KwaZulu-Natal)

Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient 
Pretoria (Gauteng)

The Roundhouse
Cape Town (Western Cape)

Rust en Vrede Restaurant
Stellenbosch (Western Cape)

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français
Franschhoek (Western Cape)

Stellenbosch (Western Cape)

The Test Kitchen by Luke Dale-Roberts
Cape Town (Western Cape)

Stellenbosch (Western Cape)


Boschendal Style Award

Award-logoWhat defines a stylish restaurant?

The ambience of a restaurant needs to be taken into account when choosing where to eat. You need to feel that you belong.

Stylish need not equal award-winning design. It is all about the different elements coming together to create an aesthetically stylish whole. Comfy chairs are a start, and so are the music and the lighting – all of which shouldn’t be too hard or too soft. By the same token, good-looking crockery and well polished wine glasses should also be taken into consideration.

It’s also about excelling in quality – a standard that fits snug in a particular style of restaurant, whether it offers a luxuriously rustic ambience or a beautiful 5 star view. Lastly, design is key – from glamorous to off-beat, classic elegance to sophisticated urban chic.

In 2011, we announced a brand new award at the Eat Out Restaurant Awards. In 2012 the award is presented in association with Visi, arguably South Africa’s most prestigious design magazine. And for the first time we asked the public to nominate their pick of the most stylish restaurants. Nominations have been narrowed down to a list of 20 by Eat Out, and the winner will be judged by Sumien Brink (editor) and Annemarie Meintjies (deputy editor) of Visi. Judging is currently underway for the 2013 award.

The 2012 finalists and winner

(announced at the Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards on Sunday 25 November 2012)

Green House at Babylonstoren – Winner of the Boschendal Style Award 2012
The Kitchen at Maison
The Tasting Room
tashas le parc

These were the nominees:


The first of our style nominees is Woodstock Italian spot Burrata. With cosy face-brick and quirky details, this restaurant strikes the right note with ambiance.


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Mother city Peruvian restaurant, Keenwa, does ethnic without a hint of kitsch. Stop by for pisco sour and ceviche in a stylish baby blue and chocolate brown interior.Read more…




The Restaurant at WaterkloofThe Restaurant at Waterkloof

Nestled in the gap between the Helderberg and Hottentots-Holland mountains, this restaurant combines contemporary design with beautiful views.

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Craft TrattoriaCraft Trattoria

Durban’s Craft Trattoria blends Scandinavian simplicity with inspired, quirky details to create a stylish, hip space for homely Italian food.

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Situated on the beautiful Babylonstoren estate, this restaurant blends stunning, simple design with natural beauty.

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Cafe Del SolCafe Del Sol

Serving up scrumptiuos Italian, Cafe Del Sol is whimsical, cosy and contemporary all at the same time.

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The Tasting RoomThe Tasting Room

A bright new redesign by Dutch designer Herbert Janse captures the global trend towards fun dining.

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Green House at BabylonstorenThe Greenhouse

A classic Victorian greenhouse with elegant, understated design: take a look inside The Greenhouse.

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The Walnut GroveThe Walnut Grove

Sandton’s longest running cafe received a makeover this year. The result? Old-world charm in a contemporary design framework.

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The Red ChamberThe Red Chamber

Home to the cuisine of the indomitable Emma Chen, The Red Chamber does ethnic in style.

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tashas le parctashas le parc

Contemporary elegance meets old-world cafe charm at this restaurant in the heart of the city…

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Green House at BabylonstorenGreen House at Babylonstoren

Set in the gorgeous gardens of the estate, this restaurant offers more than just food; eating here is an experience.

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With a crockery-laden deer’s head, slick, minimalist design and comfort food, our latest nominee makes one otherwordly place to eat.

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The Kitchen at MaisonThe Kitchen at Maison

Cool and contemporary, with chickens pecking between the vines: The Kitchen at Maison exemplifies elegant winelands living.

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 Pierneef a La MottePierneef a La Motte

Situated on the gorgeous La Motte wine estate, this restaurant explores our heritage both through its cuisine and its design.

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Last year’s winner of the Boschendal Style Award receives a nomination again this year. Here’s why.

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 Pierneef a La Motte Kream

A brand new wine bar, and a custom area for fine dining: Pretoria spot Kream continues to offer style in spades.

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LIFE Grand CafeLIFE Grand Cafe

Opulence meets raw finishes at this hip Hyde Park restaurant, while contemporary art and great lighting add the cherry on the top.

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Classic elegance with a little contemporary sugar: the Mount Nelson’s flagship restaurant offers a true fine dining experience.

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Bertus Basson’s fine dining restaurant makes the most of gorgeous views with clean lines and unfussy furnishings.

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International food writer Bruce Palling and Eat Out editor Abigail Donnelly are the judges for the 2012 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards.

Eat Out’s dedicated team of professional reviewers has sampled aperitifs, sipped soups and devoured desserts all across the country, to bring us reviews of the best restaurants in their area. Their knowledge and expertise will help to inform the shortlist for the Top 10.

As such, with the input from the entire Eat Out community, Abigail and Bruce will draw up a list of nominees. Each nominee had to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The establishment must have been open and operating since November 2011, i.e. for a full year.
  • The owners and chef should show an absolute passion for their business.
  • Dedication to uplifting the industry should be displayed.
  • Chefs should care about sourcing quality produce.
  • Consistency and excellence must shine through every aspect of the business.

After drawing up the list, Abigail and Bruce will eat at each of these restaurants to score them on food, service and ambience, taking into account a multitude of aspects that make the eating out experience a showstopper.

Judging criteria:
Restaurants must have been open, with the same chef, for a period of one year to be eligible for the Top 10. They are judged on a scorecard out of 100, on the following criteria:Food /70
Which includes:

Menu composition and seasonality /15 – choice, cooking techniques, dietary requirements, local ingredients, choice of fish, out-of-season ingredients
Presentation /15 – visual appeal, fits description, use of plate, garnishes
Taste /25 – execution of dish, balanced, flavours complimentary, texture
Wine /10 – choice, other beverages offered, staff knowledge, pairing and value for money
Value for money /5

Service /20 – reservation, arrival, staff attitude and knowledge, specials, wine matching, dietary requirements, extra mile, billing
Ambience /10 – comfort level, cleanliness, cutlery, music and bathrooms.

Review Team

Our dedicated team of reviewers has made their way through everything from the aperitif to dessert all across the country, to bring us news of the best restaurants in their area.

Reviewers for 2012 are:

Carla Rossouw

Charlotte Pregnolato

Colette du Plessis

Dax Villanueva

Diane de Beer

Errieda Du Toit

Frank Chemaly

Graham Howe

Greg Landman

Hennie Fisher

Ishay Govender

Janine Walker

Kate Ziervogel

Lee Middleton

Lisa van Aswegen

Louise Liebenberg

Marie-Lais Emond

Nothando Moleketi

Paula Mackenzie

Petro Lotz

Priscilla Urquhart

Richard Holmes

Sdu Gerasch

Tandy Sinclair

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