The eagerly awaited Top 20 shortlist for the 2010 Eat Out Top 10 Restaurant Awards has just been announced. Five of the twenty top restaurants are in Cape Town, two are in Franschhoek, and new SA Gourmet Capital is Stellenbosch, with five finalists. Fifteen of the Top 20 Restaurant list are from the Western Cape.
The Top 20 List follows:
Cape Town: Aubergine, The Greenhouse, Jardine, La Colombe, The Roundhouse
Franschhoek: Reuben’s, The Tasting Room at Le Quartier FranÃ§ais
Paarl: Bosman’s at Grande Roche
Somerset West: Restaurant at Waterkloof
Knysna: Zachary’s at Pezula
Johannesburg: DW Eleven-13, Linger Longer, Roots
KwaZulu-Natal: Hartford House
Two weeks ago we posted a prediction of the Top 20 shortlist, and correctly predicted the inclusion of Bosman’s, Restaurant Christophe, Jordan’s Restaurant with George Jardine, The Greenhouse, Jardine, Mosaic, Overture, The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Roots, Rust & Vrede, The Roundhouse, The Tasting Room and Terroir. We are surprised at the inclusion of Reuben’s Franschhoek, due to service issues, and of La Colombe, as its chef Luke Dale-Roberts works at the restaurant in a consulting capacity now and is opening his new restaurant The Test Kitchen in November. A welcome surprise is to see Bosman’s on the shortlist again, after a long absence. Surprise exclusions are Giorgio Nava’s Carne and 95 Keerom Street (he is a darling of Eat Out editor Abigail Donnelly!), and of Bizerca Bistro, which controversially won in the stand-alone Best Bistro category last year. As predicted, previous Top 10 winner Jacques de Jager of Salt (ex-Grande Provence), and previously shortlisted Top 20 Rudi Liebenberg of the Cape Colony restaurant at the Mount Nelson Hotel, did not make the 2010 Top 20 shortlist.
The Eat Out Top 10 Restaurants will be announced at a gala dinner on 28 November.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com