Tuesday, December 21, 2010

South Africa's Top Restaurants

The definitive list of South Africa's top restaurants for 2011 is here! South Africa is considered a culinary destination for gourmets and excellent meals can be found from the bush to the city centres - superb wine pairings are a norm, as well. Use this definitive list of South Africa's top 2011 restaurants to make recommendations to clients, arrange for a special surprise dinner or plan a post-wine tasting meal. The New Frontiers team in South Africa has tried many of these spots personally, and we can answer any questions you may have or make reservations for you.

Here are a few of our favorites, but please check out the complete list here on our website.

The Foodbarn

NoordhoekFarm Village

Village Lane

021 789 1390

Informal by day and candle-lit cosiness by night, this thatched barn with its lovely old-school
stoep serves top-notch global fare without the bank–breaking bill. Reputed chef Franck Dangereux sends the masses salivating with his eclectic fusion cuisine, combined with masterfully inventive sauces. His set three-course winter lunch menus are renowned and feature some of his signature dishes including kofta parcels with harissa, tahina and cumin
dipping sauces for starters, and spicy Moroccan lamb cutlets or steak au poivre for mains. The poached quince tarte tatin is amazing if you’re lucky enough to be there when it’s in season.

La Colombe

Constantia Uitsig Hotel

Spaanschemat River Rd


021 794 2390

Located in a rustic garden on a working wine farm, diners are surrounded by towering palm and oak trees while they feast on French cuisine like artichoke and white truffle risotto. Having achieved an impressive 12th place on the San Pellegrino 50 Best restaurants in the World Awards 2010, it is one not to be missed during your visit.

La Petite Ferme

Franschhoek Pass Rd

021 876 3016

Located on the scenic Franschhoek Pas on the approach to the little town, this restaurant and small guesthouse is characterful and friendly with sweeping views of the valley and a lawn to enjoy them. Inside the mood is French countryside with floral prints, warm yellows, and fireplaces. The verandah is enclosed with underfloor heating. The menu is descriptive and the dishes are hearty but modern with bold combinations and global influences. Trout is a speciality. Wine is from the farm’s cellar. Open for lunch only.

Overture (South African)

Hidden Valley Wine Farm

Annandale Rd


021 880 2721

Located at the beautiful Hidden Valley wine farm in Stellenbosch, on a clear day the restaurant offers extraordinary views of Table Mountain, Stellenbosch Valley and Robben Island. The cuisine focuses on fresh seasonal produce and all the dishes are paired with Hidden Valley wines.

Butcher Shop and Grill

Shop 30, Nelson Mandela Square

011 784 8676

The interior of this impressive restaurant is plush, elegant and classy, with an ambiance that is bustling and vibey, yet relaxed. It enfolds and unwinds you, and just about everyone is catered for with disabled facilities and a smoking section. Unfortunately there is one hard and fast rule - no children under 14, and that is not negotiable. Although catering primarily for the real meat-eaters, should you not be a strict vegetarian, there is a selection of fish and seafood to choose from. The menu is immense and impressive. Individual sized portions are available at your request and cooked to your specifications. The range to choose from includes pork, ostrich, lamb, beef and game. Or try the poultry, sausage platter or schnitzels. Seafood includes prawns, calamari, linefish and seafood platters. The wine list is impressive.

Images courtesy of The Foodbarn and Overture.

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