Gourmet Awards 2017

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Gourmet, in association with Discovery Vitality, is proud to present the Gourmet Restaurant Awards 2017, taking place on 13 November at an exclusive event held at Klein Constantia Wine Estate.

The awards recognise and celebrate the best South African establishments and chefs in the country.

There are nine categories this year: Best Hotel Restaurant; Gold Award for Consistency and Chef Excellence; Best Tasting Menu; Hidden Gem; Best New Restaurant; Innovation Award; Décor & Design; Best Neighbourhood Eatery; and the Reader’s Choice Award, voted for solely by the public. Browse the gallery below of some of this year’s nominated restaurants. 

Meet the judges and see all nominees in each category here. 


The Gold Award is presented to a chef who has performed consistently well across various platforms or over a number of years at one establishment.


Chris Erasmus, Foliage, Franschhoek
Harald Breschelschmidt, Aubergine, Cape Town
Michael Broughton, Terroir, Stellenbosch
Christiaan Campbell, Boschendal, Franschhoek
Liam Tomlin, Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Thali, Cape Town; Singita Game Reserves
Luke Dale-Roberts, The Test Kitchen, The Pot Luck Club, Shortmarket Club, Cape Town; LDR x The Saxon, Johannesburg
Franck Dangereux, The Foodbarn, Noordhoek
Chantal Dartnall, Restaurant Mosaic, Pretoria
Jacques Erasmus, Hemelhuijs, Cape Town
Marthinus Ferreira, DW Eleven-13, Johannesburg
Arno Janse van Rensburg, The Kitchen at Maison, Franschhoek
George Jardine, Jordan Restaurant, Jardine Restaurant, Stellenbosch



With food and travel going hand inhand, Best Hotel Restaurant is awarded to an establishment where the food is as much of a focus as the rooms, decor, service and overall experience.


Babel at Babylonstoren Farm Hotel, Franschhoek
Catharina’s at Steenberg, Cape Town
Delaire Graff Restaurant, Stellenbosch
La Petite Colombe at Le Quartier Français, Leeu Collection, Franschhoek
Level Four, 54 on Bath, Johannesburg
Luke Dale-Roberts x The Saxon, Johannesburg; Greenhouse at Cellars Hohenhort, Cape Town
Makaron, Majeka House, Stellenbosch
Nobu at One&Only, Cape Town
Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, Pretoria
The Grill Room at The Oyster Box, Durban
The Restaurant at Hartford House, KZN Midlands
View at Four Seasons Westcliff, Johannesburg

Makaron at Majeka House


This award fills the fine-dining category and focuses on the precision of preparation and plating, wine pairings and the theatre showcased in degustation menus. 


Camphors at Vergelegen, Stellenbosch
Faber, Avondale, Paarl
Fermier, Pretoria
Overture, Stellenbosch
La Petite Colombe at Le Quartier Français, Franschhoek
The Kitchen at Maison, Franschhoek
The Test Kitchen, Cape Town and La Colombe, Cape Town
Greenhouse, Cape Town
Restaurant Mosaic, Pretoria
The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Somerset West

La Petite Colombe


The secret’s out – these are our favourite restaurants that tick the hidden-gem box and continue to surprise. 


Betty Blue, Hermanus
Camilla’s Kitchen, Prince Albert
Indian Summer, Durban
Karoux, McGregor
La Lampara, KZN Midlands
La Sosta, Swellendam
Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar, Johannesburg
Marianna’s, Stanford
Mzansi, Langa
The Table at De Meye, Stellenbosch
Wolfgat, Paternoster



These are the restaurants we keep going back to again and again and again. The type of places we refer to as ‘our second dining room’.


Alfies, Pretoria
Amore, Cape Town
Bellevue Cafe, Durban
Bellini’s, Johannesburg
Cafe Bloom, KZN Midlands
Coobs, Parkhurst, Johannesburg
Eatery JHB, Johannesburg
La Tête, Cape Town
Sage Cafe & Deli, Litchi Orchard, Durban
Surf Riders Food Shack, Durban
The Chefs Table, Umhlanga, Durban
The Glenwood Restaurant, Durban
Pesce Azzurro, Woodstock

La Tête


This award is given to the best newcomer, opened in the last 12 months since last year’s Gourmet Restaurant Awards in 2016. 


La Boqueria, Johannesburg
Bosjes Kombuis, Ceres
Three Wise Monkeys, Sea Point
Momo Baohaus, Johannesburg
Momo Soko, Johannesburg
La Petite Colombe, Franschhoek
Old Town Italy, Johannesburg
Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar, Johannesburg
Reubens Restaurant & Bar, Franschhoek
Café du Cap, Cape Town
Schoon, Somerset West
Forti Grill &Bar, Pretoria

Reuben’s Franschhoek


This award celebrates the strides chefs and restaurants have made to improve the nutritional benefits of their dishes. In line with Vitality’s nutrition principles of healthy eating habits with a strong focus on preparing whole, seasonal ingredients, the winners in this category support a balanced approach to eating from a variety of food groups with limited salt and sugar added to their dishes. 


Conscious 108, Johannesburg
Earth Mother Cafe, Durban
Free Food, Johannesburg
Fresh Earth Café, Johannesburg
Green Beans, Cape Town
The Greenside Café, Johannesburg
Leafy Greens Café, Johannesburg
Spirit Café, Cape Town
Tree Natural Café, Durban
Plant, Cape Town
Raw and Roxy, Cape Town
Sexy Food, Cape Town
Marrow, Cape Town

Tree Natural Café, Durban


With Condé Nast House & Garden as Gourmet’s sister magazine, decor and design is high up on our agenda. 


1904 Bistro Américain, Durban
Bosjes Kombuis, Ceres
Café Del Sol Tre, Johannesburg
Don Armando, Johannesburg
Marble, Johannesburg
Mink & Trout, Cape Town
Orangerie at Le Lude, Franschhoek
Pintxada Tapas Bar, Durban
Shortmarket Club, Cape Town
Werf Restaurant, Stellenbosch

Mink & Trout, Cape Town


Small plates are big right now. This is our pick of the best tapas-style eateries in the country.


Bistro 1682, Cape Town
Chalk & Cork, Cape Town
Chef Warehouse at Beau Constantia, Cape Town
Chefs Warehouse & Canteen, Cape Town
Culture Club, Bar de Tapas, Pretoria
Escondido, Johannesburg
Fork, Cape Town
Foxcroft, Cape Town
S43 Home to That Brewing Co, Durban
Makaron at Majeka House, Stellenbosch
Marigold, Franschhoek
Mulberry & Prince, Cape Town
Pintxada Tapas Bar, Durban
Shio, Cape Town
Thali, Cape Town
The Foodbarn Deli, Noordhoek
The Pot Luck Club, Cape Town
Urbanologi, Johannesburg

Bistro 1682, Cape Town


Voted for solely by Gourmet readers through various social media channels, this is our people’s choice – your favourite restaurant in the country, picked by you.


9th Avenue Bistro, Durban
Chefs Warehouse, Cape Town
Cheyne’s, Hout Bay
DW Eleven-13, Johannesburg
La Colombe, Constantia
Marble, Johannesburg
Overture, Stellenbosch
Pierneef à La Motte, Franschhoek
Ten Bompas Winehouse, Johannesburg
The Test Kitchen, Cape Town
The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal, Franschhoek

The Test Kitchen

Beau Constantia
Momo Bauhaus
Bosjes Kombuis
La Petite Colombe
La Colombe
Makaron at Majeka House
Reuben’s Franschhoek
The Test Kitchen