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It is not the first time that Eat Out has broken its own rules in choosing the chefs eligible for the previous Top 20 Restaurant lists (until 2016, The Pot Luck Club of Chef Luke Dale-Roberts having been snuck in, when it had only been open for 11 months and two weeks in 2014), and this year the same has happened in the Top 30 list for the first time. Three restaurants had not opened by 1 November 2016, the cut-off date for eligibility for the Awards this month, according to Eat Out’s own rules, yet are included in its shortlist! Missing from Eat Out’s List is JAN Restaurant in Nice, our country’s best South African restaurant, and awarded a Michelin-star in 2016 and in 2017! 
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The winners of the inaugural Classeq Zomato Users’ Choice Awards 2017 have been announced, with El Burro winning the Cape Town section of the competition, and Wine House at Ten Bompas winning in Johannesburg. (more…)

The Hermanus FynArts Festival has offered a multitude of talks, workshops, and tastings over the past ten days. One of these was a talk on Friday by Anthony Hamilton Russell, owner of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, about the history of the Hemel en Aarde wine region. The talk was held at Braemar, the Hamilton Russell residence on the wine estate. (more…)

On Thursday afternoon I attended the launch of UberEATS in a private home in Willesden Road in Camps Bay, with the backdrop of a beautiful sunset. The launch follows that in Johannesburg four months ago, the city having seen 200000 downloads of the UberEATS App in the first two months of its launch.  (more…)

imageA.A. Gill passed away in London on Saturday, by far the best known and revered restaurant critic in the world. His passing leaves a huge gap, in that Gill was not only a critical critic, but he was a wordsmith of note. I am sad that I did not read him more regularly,but am trying to catch up. (more…)

eat-out-2016-logoTomorrow the Eat Out Awards will be held, the culinary highlight of the year. For the second year running the event will be held as a lunch at GrandWest, but tomorrow the Awards event will be held in the show auditorium. The event has been sold out for the past month, the first time ever, a reflection of the keen interest in the 2016 Eat Out Awards.  (more…)

the-station-on-bree-mind-the-gapOctober has seen the opening of new restaurants Faber at Avondale, The Vine Bistro at Glenelly, The Grand Beach Café, Tiger’s Milk Bryanston, Chefs, The Station on Bree, and more, as well as the re-opening of The Test Kitchen, with a number of November openings (including two restaurants by Chef Bertus Basson) imminent.

We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously, and welcome information.

Restaurant Openings

#   A new bar, light eatery, and dance club The Station on Bree has opened (photograph). (more…)

la-colombe-gardenThe Eat Out Top 20 Restaurant List will be announced shortly, and as has become tradition, we have prepared our prediction for what we believe the top twenty restaurants in our country to be. We also announce the judges for the 2016 Eat Out Top 10. (more…)

Marble FireAfter a number of promised opening dates, delayed due to construction hiccups, Chef David Higgs finally opens his Marble restaurant in Rosebank in Johannesburg today. (more…)

Chefs who Share soup creation (small)The seven chefs teams and their sommeliers for Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving 2016 have been announced, for the Gala Dinner which will take place in the Johannesburg City Hall on Saturday 24 September.  (more…)

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