THE PLATE RATING

This trailblazing restaurant rating equates to global standards, unique to South Africa. It is a trusted, impartial evaluation that begins with nominations from the public and industry. Restaurants are anonymously reviewed. The final visit is for validation, to meet the chef and is hosted by the restaurants – each establishment and chef therefore showcase their best possible experience. All restaurants are rated in a uniform, precise and detailed manner. Consistency is key, and evaluated over time, so chefs need to have been in the hot seat for at least a season in order to qualify for a possible plating.

THE PLATE

A restaurant experience is never purely about what is on the plate, it’s also about people. It starts from reservation and welcome and moves through many touch points of a meal – this is why there are more than 30 diverse criteria. As high-end dining is the focus, pricing of a menu is not taken into consideration. The experiences provided by these chefs and restaurants are priceless! This year 25 plates have been awarded – a reflection of how the industry is constantly improving standards to meet expectations.

One plate – excellent cuisine

Two plates – exceptional dining that demands a detour

Three plates – world-class destination dining – worthy of a flight

 

CONGRATULATION TO THE CHEFS AND RESTAURANTS WHO WERE AWARDED PLATES IN THE 2019 GUIDE.

Cape Town

GREENHOUSE

Here there is true vision. A vision of connecting the diner with South African origin, stories and flavours, ...
Cape Town

LA COLOMBE

The major revamp of this world-renowned gem in the Silvermist Wine Estate has elevated it to new heights. ...
Jo'burg etc

RESTAURANT MOSAIC

This is true destination dining. Book into one of the 10 majestic suites at The Orient Hotel in ...
Cape Town

THE TEST KITCHEN

Lauded as one of the world’s top 50 restaurants, in the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, global icon ...
Plated restaurants

CAMPHORS AT VERGELEGEN

On the historic Vergelegen Estate in Somerset West camellias bloom in winter, roses in summer. All year-round chef ...
Jo'burg etc

DW ELEVEN-13

This classy, convivial restaurant at the back of an unassuming suburban shopping centre is a hidden gem. A ...
Plated restaurants

FOLIAGE

At the start of the main street of Franschhoek there is a harmonious interchange of creativity between Is ...
Plated restaurants

INDOCHINE

If dinner at Indochine by night is romantic and intimate, by day one can absorb and appreciate the ...
Cape Town

NOBU

It’s at this international restaurant in the working harbour of the V&A Waterfront, at landmark hotel One&Only that ...
Cape Town

THE POT LUCK CLUB

The six-floor setting with sweeping city views is not what draws diners from all corners of the globe ...
Plated restaurants

THE RESTAURANT AT WATERKLOOF

The glass promontory overlooking the biodynamic Waterkloof Wine Estate in Somerset West allows diners to drink in sweeping ...
Cape Town

AUBERGINE

If you desire classical and conservative with a guarantee of gourmet food that never goes out of fashion, ...
One plate

CAVALLI

Cavalli Estate appeals to those with an appetite for style. This world-class equestrian facility boasts award-winning wines, indigenous ...
One plate

JORDAN RESTAURANT

After winding your way onto the Jordan Wine Estate in Stellenbosch enjoy a wine tasting, drop into the ...
One plate

LA PETITE COLOMBE

Franschhoek residents are thrilled to have their very own La Colombe in the valley’s culinary row. It lives ...
One plate

LE COIN FRANÇAIS

The latest addition to the Franschhoek family of fine dining is Le coin Français, meaning ‘the French corner’. ...
Jo'burg etc

MARBLE

Chef David Higgs is multi-talented and multi-tasking, busy with a new restaurant in Sandton, a TV series and ...
Cape Town

MYOGA

Soak up the verdant surroundings of the Vineyard Hotel in the leafy southern suburbs before witnessing the combined ...
One plate

RUST EN VREDE

Diners have high expectations from Rust en Vrede restaurant in Stellenbosch where there is a legacy left by ...
One plate

TERROIR

The Kleine Zalze Wine Estate offers a relaxed setting for superlative winelands dining, in dappled sunlight on the ...
Cape Town

THE SHORTMARKET CLUB

After discovering this hideaway Chef Wesley Randles, general manager Simon Widdison, world-renowned chef Luke Dale Roberts and his ...
Jo'burg etc

URBANOLOGI

Urbanologi is a vibey, urban space in a state-of-the-art craft brewery in downtown Jo’burg where the industrial setting ...