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.
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