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Eat Out magazine is the definitive annual guide for where to eat well in South Africa, featuring top fine-dining destinations, neighbourhood gems and classic favourites. The 2018 magazine is the 20th edition of the guide and includes reviews of the Eat Out 500, which are the 500 best restaurants in the country as rated by Eat Out’s countrywide editorial panel of 48 critics, as well as details on the Top 10 as announced at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.

South Africa
New Media A Division of Media 24 (Pty) Ltd
R 49,90

in this issue

2 min
south africa’s best

Restaurant of the Year La Colombe No. 2 The Test Kitchen No. 3 The Restaurant at Waterkloof No. 4 Wolfgat No. 5 FYN Restaurant No. 6 La Petite Colombe No. 7 Eike No. 8 Salsify No. 9 Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient No. 10 Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia No. 11 Camphors at Vergelegen No. 12 Overture No. 13 LivingRoom at Summerhill Estate No. 14 Chefs Warehouse at Maison No. 15 Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort No. 16 Le Coin Français No. 17 La Tête No. 18 The Shortmarket Club No. 19 Tjing Tjing Momiji No. 20 Rust en Vrede Eat Out S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year Bertus Basson Eat Out Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef Award Ivor Jones, Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia Eat Out Nederburg Rising Star Katlego Mlambo, The Marabi Club Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year Jewell’s Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award Camphors at Vergelegen Eat Out VISI Style Award FYN Restaurant Eat Out Service Excellence Award The Test Kitchen Eat Out Wine Service Award Joseph Dhafana, La Colombe Eat Out John Psillos Award for Outstanding Contribution to…

6 min
what’s cooking in 2020?

After decades as one of South Africa’s leading chefs, Margot Janse knows what it takes to run a kitchen; to source, train, create, reinvent and do it all again and again. So she’s uniquely skilled in her role as mentor and Eat Out Chief Judge to find South Africa’s best. But to narrow it down to 30 nominees, then a top 10 and finally the Restaurant of the Year, she must eat at close to a hundred restaurants… Along the way she spots the trends that are likely to carry over onto our plates in 2020. Here’s what’s cooking on the South African culinary landscape. “There were a lot more restaurants to eat at this year than last, with more falling into their first year of being eligible to be judged, and…

5 min
restaurants to drive for…

Gauteng If you’re longing for a tasty foodie escape, the Magaliesberg offers a restorative retreat for those exhausted by the hustle and bustle of Gauteng. Less than an hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria are mountains, valleys, rivers, bushveld, birds and endless epicurean options. Not to mention fine dining at a Top 10 restaurant with one of the finest chefs in the world. So, what are you waiting for? Friday night Grab a half-day on Friday. You’re off the clock the moment the seatbelt buckle goes click. So what if you’ve only been in the car for 20 minutes? Stop for lunch at The Culinary Table Restaurant and Deli in Lanseria. Chef Daniela Gutstadt’s menu is one of the best examples of farm-to-fork cooking in Gauteng. Almost all her ingredients are free range and/or…

5 min
kwazulu-natal midlands

A roadtrip from Durban to the Midlands Meander has enough to satisfy the pickiest foodie, starting with fresh seafood from the Indian Ocean to organic beef, KZN wines and local dairy from the foot of the Drakensburg Mountains. And it all comes served with scenic landscapes that will take your breath away. 9th Avenue Waterside The Midlands are tempting, but don’t leave Durban before you’ve seen 9th Avenue Bistro’s new locale on Durban’s Yacht Mole. Now known as 9th Avenue Waterside, it rivals any chic Mediterranean yacht club, and the food focus is now more on fresh seafood options to suit the setting. Gin-cured salmon with crème fraîche, homemade seed loaf, dill cucumber and trout roe is as pretty as a picture, while line fish, Thai-style prawns and seafood platters taste that…

5 min
west coast

West Coast, best coast – that’s how the saying goes. Unsurprising, really, as this stretch of coastline is one of the most untouched and picturesque in the province. A 400km stretch is bordered by the icy Atlantic on the west and the hot and dry Swartland on the east While it’s long been a weekend getaway of choice for locals, the area was catapulted into the international spotlight when Paternoster chef Kobus van der Merwe’s small seaside eatery, Wolfgat, won Restaurant of the Year at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards 2019. Fast forward a few months later, and Time acknowledged the restaurant in its 100 Greatest Places in the World list. However, Wolfgat doesn’t stand alone when it comes to culinary delights and eateries worth exploring in this ever-developing district. Start here…. Day…

6 min
the top 10

No 1. La Colombe Chef James Gaag’s interpretation of local flavours presented in a refined, sometimes quirky manner has skyrocketed La Colombe to the coveted number one spot: South Africa's Restaurant of the Year Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek Read the review on page 187. JUDGES' COMMENTS “A lot of time and effort has gone into the concept of each menu item. From the idea to final presentation, the finest details have been thought of” “Dishes are playfully presented, giving the meal real excitement. Incredible wine list and service” FAST FACTS Position in the Top 10 last year: 3 Biggest change in your cooking this year: The food is more focused on flavour while still being playful and thought-provoking. No 2. The Test Kitchen Luke Dale Roberts continues to steer TTK with precise attention to detail, creating the culinary adventure…