Best South African Restaurants (According To Eat Out Magazine)

We understand that there are a lot of Food & Beverage Management, Food Service Management as well as Tourism & Hospitality researchers studying at VUT, so we thought this’d be a little interesting for ya’ll!

If you want to sample flavours from the best restaurants in South Africa, here’s a few of last year’s category winners according to Eat Out Magazine and Mercedes Benz South Africa. Maybe you can grab a few tips from how they plate up, style or manage their restaurants.

Restaurant of the Year

Cape Town seems to be the foodie capital of South Africa, but that’s no surprise considering the amazing restaurants that dot the Mother City and the Winelands. There’s also a little restaurant called The Test Kitchen in Cape Town, owned by its world-renowned chef, Luke Dale-Roberts. Apparently, this restaurant is leagues beyond all others in South Africa, and we feel that it really should be with a tasting menu and wine pairing that’d set you back R1500. With the food described as simple creativity, and the ambience being cosy, we’d also like to give The Test Kitchen a visit… when we feel a tad wealthy.

La Colombe

Just outside of Cape Town, in Constantia Nek, lies a restaurant that has been on the South African culinary scene for many years. La Colombe is a popular destination for local and international foodies and foodie critics, and it is in this restaurant that Eat Out’s Chef of the Year 2015, Scot Kirton plies his trade. Scot’s dishes are elegant affairs, and his passion for local ingredients seems to add a little more to the menu’s allure. That and one of his signature dishes is fillet of beef, carrot, pomme purée, tenderstem broccoli, wild mushroom ragout, bone marrow, black pepper and truffle café au lait! Whew!

500 at The Saxon

A little closer to the Vaal lies The Saxon, a luxury hotel nestled in one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in South Africa, Sandhurst. The Saxon is not only known for its excellent accommodation, but also its spectacular restaurant, the Five Hundred (or ‘The X’, ‘The 500’, or even ‘Luke Dale-Roberts X’). Again, we find that Luke Dale-Roberts provided the inspiration for the Five Hundred, and the food on display here is of the most luxurious nature.

If you dream of working and managing in one of the finest restaurants or hotels in South Africa, then make sure that you study your research degree at Vaal University of Technology. Contact us today to find out more about our research degrees on offer.