Eat Out Awards 2019: a prediction of the Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa!

Each year I attempt a prediction of the Eat Out Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa, from the restaurant guide’s Top 30 nomination short list. Each year it seems to get more difficult to predict which restaurants will make the top of the grade, the new Head Judge Margot Janse pulling many surprise punches in her Top 10 List last year, and even this year in her Top 30 nominations list. On Sunday 17 November the Restaurant industry ‘Oscars’ will be presented to the Top 10 South African Restaurants at GrandWest.

My 2019 Top 10 Restaurant prediction list is the following, in no particular order: 


The Restaurant at Waterkloof 

Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient

The Test Kitchen  



La Colombe

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia 

Janse & Co


Le Coin Français


The Eat Out Top 30 nominee restaurants were announced in October, and in alphabetical order are:

Camphors at Vergelegen
Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia
Chefs Warehouse at Maison
Fermier Restaurant
FYN Restaurant
Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort
Janse & Co
Jardine Restaurant
Jordan Restaurant
La Colombe
La Petite Colombe
La Tête
Le Coin Français
LivingRoom at Summerhill Estate
Pierneef à La Motte
Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient
Rust en Vrede
The Restaurant at Waterkloof
The Shortmarket Club
The Test Kitchen
Tjing Tjing Momiji
The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal

The shock Nominee list excluded previous nominee and even some Top 10 restaurants Marble, Chefs Warehouse & Canteen, Indochine, DW Eleven-13, Terroir, Foliage, and The Potluck Club.

Eat Out announces its 2019 Top 30 Restaurant shortlist! Shock exclusions! Liam Tomlin’s Chefs Warehouse & Canteen falls off the list!

The following Awards will be presented at the Award event as well: 

Eat Out S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year
Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year
Eat Out Nederburg Rising Star Award
Eat Out Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef Award
Eat Out Service Excellence Award
Eat Out Wine Service Award
Eat Out Nespresso Innovation Award
Eat Out John Psillos Award for Outstanding Contribution to Service
Eat Out Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award
Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award
Eat Out VISI Style Award


Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein


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