Monday, November 28, 2005

Which is the best restaurant in South Africa?

95 Keerom
City Bowl, Cape Town
9th Avenue Bistro
Greyville Durban
Auberge Michel
Sandton, Johannesburg
Cape Town
La Colombe
Constantia, Cape Town
Lynton Hall
Pennington, KwaZulu-Natal
Yum (Greenside)
Greenside, Johannesburg
The Eat Out Johnnie Walker restaurant awards for 2005 are out. And Yum of Greenside, Johannesburg is tops again.

Yum is certainly one of my favourites. But I have many.

Recent experience highlights a fantastic meal I had at Georges on 4th, Parkhurst, Johannesburg, two weeks ago. Their grilled vegetables and gnocchi rates as one of the finest pastas I have ever had.

Speaking of pastas, Assagi of Illovo, Johannesburg is my favourite Italian restaurant and rated as such by many Jo'burg-based Italians. The Giovannis on Rivonia Road Sandton is pretty good too, and makes a great pizza.

Yindees of Cape Town is my favorite Thai restaurant - just awesome.

Wierdly, Le Quartier Francais of Franshoek did not appear to make the top 10. This after it was recently declared one of the world's top 50 restaurants by the UK-based Restaurant Magazine.

Aubergine and Lemongrass
Hillcrest, Durban
The Bell Pepper
Kensington, Johannesburg
Chefs in Motion
Lonehill, Johannesburg
The Grill Club
La Pentola
Riviera, Pretoria
Madame Zingara
Cape Town
Hazelwood, Pretoria
Ritrovo Ristorante
Waterkloof Heights, Pretoria
Singing Fig
Norwood Gardens, Johannesburg
Smoke Cafe & Grill Lounge
Groenkloof, Pretoria
Melville, Johannesburg
Illovo, Johannesburg
Yum (Greenside)
Greenside, Johannesburg
Which is your favourite restaurant? If I get enough responses, I'll create a poll of results. The Eat Out peoples' choice list is shown to the right.


kyknoord said...

My vote for best value goes to Bardelli's in Kenilworth.

Mainland China in Claremont has the interesting combo of the worst decor ever, but by far the best Chinese food.

tripeak said...

Ditto on YUM! Then I'll also suggest
Saigon (Rivonia), Cranks for the odd decor(Rosebank). Off to Pretoria (and well worth the drive) try Cynthia's* and Pachas* (Brooklyn) then The Grill Club* and Baobab in Menlyn.

*People's Choice 2005

It is the question said...

KN: I love Bardelli. Got to try the Mainland China tip - I love Chinese.

Tripeak: Saigon is excellent - I've had many good meals there. Got to disagree on Cranks however - their food has gone steadily down and is unbelievably overpriced. Try Yindees when you are next in Cape Town for the real Thai deal. Will definitely try the Pretoria tips - some feature in the Eat Out people's choice selection, which I will add to my post.