Award Winners

The winners of the 2013 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards were announced on 10 November 2013 at a gala awards evening in Cape Town. Below are all the winners.

The Top 10 restaurants for 2013:

1. The Test Kitchen
2. Five Hundred
3. Rust en Vrede
4. The Greenhouse
5. Hartford House
6. Jordan Restaurant
7. Overture
8. Camphors at Vergelegen
9. The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français
10. Pierneef à La Motte

Restaurant of the Year: The Test Kitchen

Eat Out S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year: David Higgs, Five Hundred

Service Excellence: Rust en Vrede

Rising Star: Vanessa Marx, Dear Me

Wine Service: Joakim Hansi Blackadder, Rust en Vrede

The Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Paarl Media: Michael Olivier

Woolworths TASTE Eat Out Bursary Award: Amanda Manyatshe

Boschendal Style Award: The Pot Luck Club

Best Asian Restaurant: Kitima

Best Bistro: The Leopard

Best Country-Style Restaurant: Towerbosch

Best Italian Restaurant: Burrata

Jacobsdal Best Steakhouse: Carne SA


2013 nominees

Bread & Wine
Franschhoek (Western Cape)

Camphors at Vergelegen
Somerset West (Western Cape)

Delaire Graff Estate Restaurant 
Stellenbosch (Western Cape)

DW Eleven-13
Johannesburg (Gauteng)

Five Hundred
Johannesburg (Gauteng)

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

Hartford House
Mooi River (KwaZulu-Natal)

Indochine at Delaire Graff Estate
Stellenbosch (Western Cape)

Jordan Restaurant 
Stellenbosch (Western Cape)

The Kitchen at Maison
Franschhoek (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)

The Restaurant at Waterkloof
Somerset West (Western Cape)

Rust en Vrede Restaurant
Stellenbosch (Western Cape)

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

The Test Kitchen
Cape Town (Western Cape)

Stellenbosch (Western Cape)

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Boschendal-Style-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.

Without further ado, here are the winners:


The winner of the 2013 Eat Out Boschendal Style Award was The Potluck Club.

La Colombe

The Pot Luck Club

Décor is industrial-chic, with wood and stone flooring, glass and steel girders, and a variety of seating options: booth-style couches lit with old-fashioned lampshades, bar seating and a mix of wood and metal tables.

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The four runners-up:
The Tasting Room
Five Hundred

La Colombe

Harvey’s Restaurant and Harry’s Cocktail Bar

Harvey’s has two dining rooms, a terrace and an open-air cigar lounge. Its ‘retro-gothic hunting lodge’ theme features mounted buffalo trophies, padded velvet walls, gold ceilings and original oil paintings. Here’s a look at the modern interior.

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La Colombe

Five Hundred

The elegant space is accessed through a private lift and the bar area at The Saxon Hotel where the designer wanted the food to be the true star of the space.

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La Colombe


Jacques changes the design in his Mother City restaurant seasonally, retaining an understated city chic look, but changing the theme through layered undertones.

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La ColombeThe Tasting Room

Dutch scenographer Herbert Janse designed the new interior for The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français. Herbert was inspired by the beautifully presented and extraordinary tasting food of his sister, chef Margot Janse.

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See all the 20 nominees here.



The judgesThis year, the Top 10 and core awards were judged by editor Abigail Donnelly, in conjunction with three industry leaders. The identity of the three other judges was announced only on the night of the Awards.

Chief judge and editor of Eat Out “It was a privilege to work with the other three judges, sharing both mind-bending experiences and our concerns. Each judge brought their values, passion, and a unique way of thinking. We all voiced our options strongly, but we listened to one another with respect.

Chef, lecturer and accredited judge “My years as the executive chef of a five-star hotel restaurant, being judged and criticised myself, stood me in good stead for a task such as this. Experiencing the cooking and innovations of all these up-and-coming chefs has been a privilege. It was rewarding to see chefs and sommeliers working together harmoniously and, in a lot of cases, promoting the wines of lesser-known farms.”

Owner of Chefs Warehouse and Cookery School “The highlight for me was visiting many restaurants on the list for the first time, to see the high standards across the board and the quality of service and ingredients.”

Food writer, consultant, and owner of Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants “The highlight of judging was seeing the overall standard of the industry. The list of 20 nominees is a serious, serious list of talent. When you consider places that didn’t make it, you can see how spoilt we are in this country to have so many good restaurants.”

With input from the Eat Out community and editorial panel, the four judges drew up a list of 20 nominees. Each nominee must adhere to the following guidelines:
– The establishment must have been open and operating with the same chef since November 2012, i.e. for a full year.
– The owners and chef should show an absolute passion for their business.
– They should display dedication to uplifting the industry.
– Chefs should care about sourcing quality produce.
– Consistency and excellence must shine through every aspect of the business.

The judges eat at each nominated restaurant and score them on the following criteria (out of 100 points). The scorecards are audited and winners calculated.

FOOD {70}
– The judges look for balance – on the menu, in the dishes, cooking styles, techniques and ingredients – and an awareness of different dietary requirements.
– Appreciation of the use of local, seasonal produce, ethically sourced animal products and sustainable fish species.
FOOD PRESENTATION {15} Does the food look appealing? Is the dish plated beautifully? Does it fit the menu description?
TASTE {25} The judges consider the execution of the dishes and the balance of flavours and textures.
PRICE AND VALUE FOR MONEY {5} What is delivered on the plate and how is it served? Do you get value for money considering where you are?
WINE CHOICE {10} Judges consider the variety on offer, the wine and food pairings, knowledge of the sommelier and staff, and value for money.

From making the reservation to settling the bill, service is all-important to a pleasant experience. The judges evaluate the attitude of staff, their knowledge of the menu, specials and wine pairing, and their willingness to go the extra mile to accommodate special requests.

This category encompasses the spirit of a restaurant and the overall feeling it creates. Do you feel comfortable? Has thought gone into designing and decorating the interior? Are the glasses, cutlery and linen all spotless?

The ‘Best’ awards were judged by international celebrity chef, Food Network TV host and radio presenter Jenny Morris – fondly known as The Giggling Gourmet – is one of SA’s most-loved food personalities. A cookbook author, accredited international judge, teacher and culinary tour guide, Jenny has had an on-going love affair with food since she was a child. For more information, visit, and Follow her on Twitter @jennymorrischef.

Review Team

The Eat Out editorial panel consists of fifty industry leaders. As part of the process, the editorial panel are given an opportunity to rate their favourite restaurants in a series of categories. The 500 restaurants with the highest aggregate scores will feature in the 2014 Eat Out magazine.

The members of the panel for 2013 are:

Aletta Lintvelt - Food editor, Weg! and Go! Magazine
Alida Ryder – Author, Simply Delicious
Anelde Greeff - Editor-in-chief, Eat Out
Anna Montali – Freelance food editor and writer
Bernadette le Roux - Editor, Condé Nast House and Garden Gourmet
Bianca Coleman - Freelance journalist
Brent Meersman – Food columnist, Mail & Guardian
Bridget McCarney – Managing director, New Media Publishing
Carianne Wilson - Vice-principal, Silwood Cookery School
Cathy Marston – Freelance writer and wine educator
Charlotte Pregnolato - Freelance writer
Coenie Visser - Freelance writer
Colette du Plessis – Freelance writer
Corneil Muller – Operational director, Urban Hotels
Diane de Beer – Journalist, Pretoria News
Erwin Schnitzler – Owner, Mont Rochelle
Graham Howe – Wine and food editor, Habitat
Greg Landman - Freelance writer
Gwynne Conlyn – Freelance food and travel writer
Hennie Fisher – Culinary arts lecturer, University of Pretoria
Herman Lensing – Food editor, Sarie
Horst Frehse – General manager, Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
Irna van Zyl – Founder and executive director, New Media Publishing
Ishay Govender – Freelance writer and recipe developer
Jacquie Myburgh – Freelance journalist and media consultant
Jane Broughton - Food and travel writer
Janine Walker – Freelance food critic and writer
Jeanne Callitz - Deputy editor, My Tyd
John Psillos - Founder and executive director, New Media Publishing
Josef Talotta – Freelance writer
Kate Wilson - Editor, Women’s Health
Kate Ziervogel - Owner, South Coast Live
Katharine Jacobs - Online editor, Eat Out
Kristia van Heerden – Johannesburg correspondent, Eat Out
Leila Saffarian - Freelance food editor and writer
Linda Scarborough - Copy editor, Eat Out
Lisa van Aswegen – Freelance editor and writer
Marie-Lais Emond - Freelance editor and writer
Miguel Chan - Group sommelier, Tsogo Sun
Paul Duncan – Head of design for homeware, Woolworths
Petro Lotz – Owner, Appetito Catering and Cooking School
Priscilla Urquhart – PR and media manager, World Design Capital Cape Town 2014
Raphaella Frame-Tolmie - Food editor and features writer, House and Leisure
Reinette Geldenhuis – Woolworths marketing: MasterChef project, hospitality, event and sponsorship manager and TASTE
Richard Holmes – Freelance food and travel writer
Rupesh Kassen – Freelance writer
Sam Woulidge – Freelance writer and columnist for Woolworths TASTE
Sdu Gerasch – Freelance writer
Stefania Johnson - Creative strategist
Tracy Gielink - Freelance food and wine writer

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