Heading To South Africa? Here Are The Top 10 Restaurants Of The Country


It’s no longer news that South Africa is one of the most visited tourist destination of the world. The country is alluring, and very much attractive that it has often been described as the view of the world from God’s window. With its many tourist attractions ranging from the imposing mountains, caves, splendorous waterfalls, wildlife parks, elegant museums, seductive small townsgorgeous cities, popular wine routes, magnificent beaches to the amazing foods, the country is simply charming. Litter wonder the Virtuoso International Luxury Travel’s recent ranking listed the country as the 3rd top global destinations, and as the top adventure travel destination in the world for 2016.

We once published a write-up that captures the awesome things to eat in South Africa, So, with this 2015 Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards, below are the top 10 restaurants of the country. It’ll surly help you know where to find the “awesome things” to eat in the country.

#  Restaurant Names Location
1 The Test Kitchen Cape Town
2 La Colombe Cape Town
3 The Tasting Room Franschhoek
4 Greenhouse (at The Cellars-Hohenort) Cape Town
5 Five Hundred (at The Saxon) Johannesburg
6 WaterKloof Restaurant Somerset West
7 Restaurant Mosiat  Gauteng
8 Terroir Stellenbosh
9 The Potluck Club Cape Town
10 Jordan Restaurant Stellenbosch

With the forgoing, you’d probably like to see what these restaurants have to offer, their status and reputations. So let’s do a concise composition on each of the listed restaurants.

1. The Test Kitchen Of Cape Town

Aside being listed as one of the top ten restaurants in South Africa, the Test kitchen is crowned the 28th best restaurant in the world, and is the winner of the Continental Restaurant Awards as the best restaurant in Africa. You’ll find The Test Kitchen at The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock in Cape Town, and of course in South Africa. Here’s a picture sample of what the restaurant described as “chocolate mousse, blackberry sorbet, pickled baby beetroot with yoghurt and liquorice meringue”.

Chocolate-Mousse-with-Pickled-baby-Beetroot TKT

2. La Colombe At Cape Town

La Colombe’s head chef – Scot Kirton who won a chef of the year award, stated that “you have to cook from your heart and believe in the dish you are creating. Anything is possible, and this is the philosophy we celebrate at La Colombe”. Now you know what you’re in for. Eating at La Colombe is a serious business of satisfaction, fulfillment and thrill. A sample picture of La Colombe’s “pork and scallop” as obtained from its site gallery is as shown below.


3. The Tasting Room Of Franschhoek

The restaurant is said to be the stage for the award-winning chef Margot Janse who offers a “unique eight-course, contemporary African-inspired surprise “Tasting Menu”…with the option of wine pairing.” At The Tasting Room, you’ll get “the opportunity to experience a true journey of taste that continues to evolve and astonish”. The restaurant is always open albeit for only dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays.


4. Greenhouse At Cape Town

Like The Tasting Room, Greenhouse is open in the evenings from Tuesday to Saturday. And bookings are very important if you desire such dinner that explores “local ingredients, flavours and African food fables.” Greenhouse boasts of a dining experience that “stretches the boundaries of traditional South African cuisine, brings conceptual creations from the garden, veld and sea to the plate…” Below is a picture of Greenhouse’s Table Mont Blanc.

GreenHouse Table Mount Blanc

5. Five Hundred At The Saxon In Johannesburg

Again, this restaurant is open for evenings only, from Tuesdays to Saturdays and booking is essential. Five Hundred is known for it’s handpicked seasonal ingredients, paired with specialized artisan produce to provide menus of superior fragrance and flavor. And their chefs, “pour all their passion, expertise and creativity into…creating a menu that reflects their emotions, passions and inspired ideas, all with an effortless simplicity.”

Five Hundred

6. Waterkloof Restaurant Of Somerset West

The restaurant is designed to stress on the “Waterkloof wine-making philosophy of openness and transparency.” As such you’ll find the foods here contemporary designed to be stylistically diverse in order to convey a strong core classical cuisine with a modern French twist of elegance and integrity.


7. Restaurant Mosait – at the Orient In Gauteng

Restaurant Mosait is well-known for its skilled and Award-winning chef Chantel Dartnall who “draws her inspiration from fresh, seasonal produce to create dishes which taste as wonderful as they look.

res Mosait

8. Terroir At Stellenbosch

It was in October 2004 that Terroir made Stellenbosch prominent on the culinary map. You’ll find the restaurant in a family owned wine farm at Kleine Zalze. The restaurant is known for its care and emphasis on matching its menus with the wines produced at the wine farm and those within, and beyond Stellenbosch region. Below is a sample picture of the restaurant’s “Linefish with pea puree and gnocchi”.

Terroir Linefish with pea puree and gnocchi

9. The Potluck Club Of Cape Town

Often regarded as the coolest place to be in Cape Town, The Potluck Club is situated at the top floor of the Silo in the Old Biscuit Mill on Albert Road, Woodstock. The luck of Potluck is said to be “based on innovative cuisine, served in a relaxed yet edgy environment in a part of Cape Town that has never attracted an evening dining crowd”. Here’s one of the picture we found at their food gallery.


10. Jordan Restaurant At Stellenbosch

We can tell that menus at Jordan Restaurant is based on the best seasonal produce and ingredients available, and focused on the flavors of locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Here’s what to expect : a cool and contemporary restaurant that “features a tranquil terrace with stunning views overlooking… vineyards and lake”. Just expect sometime similar to what’s seen in the picture above.

Jordan Restaurant