South African restaurants are on the list of BEST in the world – SAPeople

A general photo of the Wolfgat restaurant in Paternoster, outside Cape Town, South Africa, February 22, 2019. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham

Two restaurants in the Western Cape have been ranked among the world’s top 100 restaurants in the prestigious ‘Food Oscars’ list – The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022. These are La Colombe in Cape Town and Wolfgat in Paternoster. .

La Colombe - on the list of the best restaurants in the world.  Photo: FB / The Dove
La Colombe – on the list of the best restaurants in the world. Photo: FB / The Dove

The extended 51-100 list was announced on Tuesday July 5, with Wolfgat ranked 90th (a drop from his 50th position last year), and La Colombe narrowly missing out on a top 50 spot in 56th (a up from 81st last year). The Top 1-50 will be announced on July 18.

The Dove said, “No. 56 in the world! Thank you to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for this amazing news – we’re thrilled to be rated one of the best in the world. Thank you, not just to the judges, but to all of the diners who have visited and supported us over the past year – we’ll be raising a glass to you all tonight!

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La Colombe uses local ingredients. Photo courtesy of La Colombe.

Gillion Bosman, spokesperson for DA Western Cape Tourism, boasted:

“It’s no surprise that the only restaurants in South Africa to make the list are based in the Western Cape, as our province is a bastion of culture and entertainment.”

Bowman said: “The fact that Wolfgat is on the list despite being based in a small West Coast town, further highlights the variety (of) tourist attractions that exist in the Western Cape. Tourism is a big driver of our economy, and it’s nice, but not surprising, to see talented people living in our province contributing to the Western Cape’s global reputation as a must-visit destination.

Restaurant Wolfgat in the small fishing village of Paternoster is just two hours drive from Cape Town. The fabulous west coast restaurant, loved by none other than South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, was also named the best restaurant in Africa last year by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021.

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President Ramaphosa at the award-winning Wolfgat in Paternoster, South Africa, with chef Kobus van der Merwe at right. December 2019. Photo: FB/Wolfgat

The accolades are nothing new for the unconventional restaurant, which in 2020 and 2021 was named by Conde Naste Traveler as one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world (along with star chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s Klein Jan in the Kalahari) .

If you’re heading to Wolfgat, book ahead – the Coastal Restaurant, a 130-year-old whitewashed beach cottage, is intimate and only seats 20 people. Chef Kobus van der Merwe has been pioneering sustainable cuisine on South Africa’s rugged west coast for a decade, and has gained a cult following for his menu of picked beach vegetation. Dishes include delicious seasonal dishes like bokkoms (dried fish), veldkool (flower buds) and pickled argotbessies berries. There are also wild oysters and a pate with homemade fynbos-infused vermouth and filled purslane… ingredients “typical of the ancient diet of nomadic Strandlopers,” according to CNT.

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Customers eat lunch at the Wolfgat restaurant in Paternoster, outside Cape Town, South Africa, February 22, 2019. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham
Wolfgat, South Africa - List of the best restaurants in the world
An entrance to the Wolfgat restaurant in Paternoster, outside Cape Town, South Africa February 22, 2019. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham
Chef Kobus van der Merwe Wolfgat Best restaurant in South Africa
Chef Kobus van der Merwe poses for a portrait at the Wolfgat restaurant in Paternoster, outside Cape Town, South Africa February 22, 2019. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

Wolfgat is nestled above Wolfgat Cave which “apparently contains remnants of an ancient civilization”.

Restaurateur Kobus van der Merwe shot to fame a few years ago when Wolfgat was named the world’s best restaurant by the inaugural World Restaurant Awards in February 2019 in Paris, also winning the award for remote location.

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A general photo of the Wolfgat restaurant in Paternoster, outside Cape Town, South Africa, February 22, 2019. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham

La Colombe has also received several accolades, most recently as Best Restaurant in South Africa at the 2022 World Culinary Awards. “If you have ever enjoyed a meal with us, we would be honored if you would consider taking a moment to vote for us.” said La Colombe.

AFTER

  • Visit Wolfgat in Paternoster here
  • Visit La Colombe au Cap here.

PS Book in advance!


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