The top 30 nominees in the annual Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards have just been announced, and almost half of them are located in the Mother City.

The awards were created to celebrate the incredible talents of the country’s restaurant scene.

The food event will be held on Sunday, November 17 at Grand West in Cape Town, where the winners will be revealed.

The top restaurants from Cape Town that made the list are:

– Camphors at Vergelegen – Somerset West

– Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia – Constantia

– Foxcroft – Constantia

– FYN Restaurant – Cape Town

– Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort – Constantia

– Janse & Co – Cape Town

– La Colombe – Constantia Nek

– La Tête – Cape Town

– Le Coin Français – Franschhoek

– Salsify – Camps Bay

– The Restaurant at Waterkloof – Somerset West

– The Shortmarket Club – Cape Town

– The Test Kitchen – Woodstock

– Tjing Tjing Momiji – Cape Town

A panel of food experts, including seasoned journalists, bloggers, writers, trained chefs, caterers, food personalities, lecturers and former restaurateurs helped determine the list of nominees.

The winners will be chosen by a panel of anonymous expert judges, convened by Margot Janse. In determining their winner, judges will dine at each nominee restaurant and judge on select criteria.

Key considerations taken into account include:

– Menu composition: Neat and presentable, seasonality of ingredients, provenance indicated, variety of ingredients, dietary requirements, correct use of terminology, menu explained to diner. (/15)
– Food presentation: Thought taken, aesthetically pleasing. (/10)
– Food taste and technique: Each dish served is rated for textures, seasoning, freshness of ingredients, variety of techniques, execution of technique, balance of flavours and textures, and temperature. (/30)
– Beverage choice: Success of wine pairing, wine knowledge, correct temperature, variety of wines, support of small producers, availability of alternative drinks pairing. (/20)

For a full list of nominees, click here.


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