When it comes to making a bucket list, people usually jot down the things they want to accomplish and places they’d like to see. But with so many delightful culinary experiences on offer around our country, we thought we’d give you our choices for the top 5 restaurants to pay a visit to.
These all feature on Eat Out’s Top 10 restaurants in South Africa, and are all out of this world. So set aside a little extra money for an extra-special occasion, and add these to your ‘Places to Eat’ bucket list…
1. The Test Kitchen, Woodstock, Cape Town
It’s the number one restaurant in the country and ranked as number 48 in the world, so it’s no surprise that this gem tops our foodie bucket list. With an open-plan kitchen and seating for just 65 people, expect an intimate, hands-on experience… and a long waiting list! Chef Luke Dale-Roberts and his team pride themselves on creativity and being different, ensuring all patrons a world-class eating experience. For bookings, call 021 447 2337.
2. Five Hundred, Sandton, Johannesburg
Set in the swanky Saxon hotel, this is fine dining at its best. Chef David Higgs makes sure that you don’t just have a meal, but a dining experience, with food that’s more playful than pretentious and a soectacular atmosphere. There’s also the fact that the service is out of this world. For bookings, call 011 292 6000.
3. The Tasting Room, Franschhoek, Western Cape
For a truly contemporary African food experience, try The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais. They ask that you set aside at least 3.5 hours for the eight-course meal, and come prepared to enjoy each other’s company in this mobile-free zone. The innovative menu provides a wide range of unique South African flavours, like fynbos macaroons. Eating here is an experience to remember. To book, call 021 876 2151.
4. DW Eleven-13, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg
With a chef who’s worked with the great Heston Blumenthal and a setting that is classy and cheerful, you’re bound to have a fab meal. The menu offers a mix of bistro classics and contemporary delights — even the bread that’s brought to your table is a culinary experience of its own. The attention to detail is what wins diners over time and time again, making this a meal to remember. For bookings, call 011 341 0663.
5. Restaurant Mosaic, Elandsfontein, Pretoria
Flamboyance and a wonderfully over-the-top setting are what you’ll get from the art nouveau styled restaurant based at The Orient hotel. The chef is inspired by her time spent in Paris, as well as nature, giving the menu a strong botanical theme and a playful feel. The food is impeccable and the setting quirky — what’s not to love? For bookings, call 012 371 2902.