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May 15, 2014

Cape Town’s 5 Sexiest Restaurants According to Awards Committees

So you don’t just want to flirt with Cape Town’s ravishing food, you want something more. You’re passionate but you’re also a little picky. That’s okay. Many of world’s experts have also come to our shores in search of a culinary affair… and found it! So which of Cape Town’s restaurants do awards committees have the biggest crush on?

La Colombe's delights, image courtesy of Marcus Prior

1. La Colombe

The San Pellegrino ‘Best Restaurants in the World Awards’ is basically the culinary version of the Oscars. So when La Colombe, one of Cape Town’s most beloved restaurants, moved up 26 places and cracked 12 on the list (consider how many restaurants there are in USA alone), it was a massive deal in 2010.

Simultaneously adored by the Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East, La Colombe was a paramour of San Pellegrino’s top 100 again in 2011. They’ve also been a darling of the EatOut Awards, winning chef and restaurant of the year in 2008 and the latter again in 2009. In Rossouw’s Restaurants guide, the leading independent restaurant review, La Colombe has long been prized with the highest possible rating.

Most recently, they placed 7th on EatOut’s 2012 awards. Uncomplicated and elegant, French fusion fine dining never tasted so good. Find them on the beautiful Contstantia Uitsig Wine Farm.

How Far from Cape Town: 23 minutes from the City Centre
Address:  Spaanschemat Street, Contstantia Uitsig Wine Farm, Constantia
Tel: 021 794 2390
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12h30-14h00, Dinner: 19h00-20h45,  7 days a week
Cost: R200+ per person 

The Test Kitchen, image courtesy of Rachel Lovinger

2.  The Test Kitchen

At the San Pellegrino in 2013 The Test Kitchen was courting universal acclaim, winning the 'Cacao Barry One To Watch' award and coming in at an impressive 61st after placing 74th in 2012. They captivated again in 2014, cracking the esteemed Top 50 and winning the ‘Best Restaurant in Africa’ award.

South Africa has been equally infatuated. The Test Kitchenwon EatOut’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’ in 2012 and 2013 as well as ‘Chef of the Year’ in 2011. Set foot in this Asian-influenced gourmet laboratory and it’s no exaggeration to say your taste buds will be wooed by some of the world’s best cuisine. 

How Far from Cape Town? 6 minutes from the City Centre
Address: The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Tel: 021 447 2337
Opening Hours: Tuesday- Saturday: Lunch: 12:30-14:00; Dinner: 19:00- 21:00
Cost: R200+ per person

3. The Greenhouse

Another of Cape Town’s most impressive specimens, The Greenhouse won EatOut’s Restaurant of the Year in 2011. In 2012 they were again in the Top 10 at 8th and last year they got even more love at 4th.  They’re headed by Cape Town’s first Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef (one of the culinary world’s top accolades), Peter Tempelhoff, who exalts in the playful union of Capetonian cuisine with the finest international techniques.

The Greenhouse presents 3 mind-blowing tasting menus (think hibiscus glazed pulled pork belly, with poached plums, young coconut jellies, tender stem broccoli and toasted sesame seeds) alongside its a la carte menu, expertly paired with some of Cape Town’s most sumptuous wines. Yum. 

How Far from Cape Town: 20 minutes from the City Centre
Address:  93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town 7800
Tel: 021 794 5535
Opening Hours: 7 PM to 9:30 PM (Tue-Sat), Monday & Sunday Closed
Price: R400 per person

Aubergine, image courtesy of www.hotels-and-lodges.com

4. Aubergine

Aubergine’s most famous awards romance was the San Pellegrino, where it made the World’s Top 100 in 2009. It then went on to win EatOut’s Best Restaurant in 2010. Aubergine also has also been idolized by the prestigious Roussouw Restaurant Review’s highest rating since 2005 and has also made its mark on South Africa’s ‘Top 100 Wines Inspirational List’ in both 2012 and 2013.

Aubergine is known for the lightness and balance of its cuisine and the inventiveness of its flavour, as well as the seductive melody of tinkling wine glasses. Try the Springbok liver parfait with brioche and sautéed forelle pear salad with pecan nuts and cos lettuce!

How Far from Cape Town: 3 minutes from the City Centre
Address: 39 Barnet Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: 021 465 4909
Opening Hours: Lunch: Wednesday – Saturday 12:00 to 14:00; Dinner: Monday – Saturday 18:00 to 22:00
Cost: R350 per person

The Roundhouse, image courtesy of anilegna

5. The Roundhouse

An exquisite French and South African affair, The Roundhouse was voted 4th best restaurant by in EatOut’s 2011 awards, also picking up the Service Excellence Award. Originally designed as a guardhouse in 1786, and formerly the hunting lodge of Lord Somerset, it has breath-taking views of Camp’s Bay and 300 year old fruit trees gracing its grounds.

Seducing its visitors with South African tastes co-mingled with contemporary flair, The Roundhouse has had a long term relationship as one of the most beloved restaurants in Cape Town.

Address:  Round House Road, Off Kloof Road, The Glen, Camps Bay, Cape Town
How Far from Cape Town: 11 minutes from the City Centre
Tel: 021 438 4347
Opening Hours: Dinner (Tuesday – Saturday 18h00 until close); Lunch (Wednesday – Saturday 12h00 – 14h30 and Sunday 12h00 – 15h00 from 1 May – 30 September only)
Cost: R 175 per person

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