American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards 2011



This year the awards were held at Jardine restaurant on Jordan estate and that was one of the main reasons I attended. That place is incredibly beautiful and the food is always amazing. George did not disappoint and I ate until I nearly popped.

There are 88 restaurants which received awards this year, up from 55 in 2003 and  18 when the awards started in 1999. What I liked this year is that they are going to be adding green awareness to the usual criteria of quality of cuisine, service (including menu and wine knowledge), wine list, décor, ambience and consistency.

Below is the list of new and renewed awards (the list from last year can be viewed here):

New Awards in the Western Cape:

Il Leone, The Roundhouse (Cape Town)

Jardine at Jordan (Stellenbsoch)

Sansibar at Fancourt, Trans Karoo, Zinzi @ Tsala (Garden Route)

Kalinka Karoo Cuisine (Oudtshoorn)

Renewed Awards in the Western Cape:

Aubergine, Belthazar Restaurant & Wine Bar, Bizerca Bistro, Buitenverwachting

Bukhara, Catharina’s, Constantia Uitsig, Emily’s, The Foodbarn, Gold, The Greenhouse, Haiku, Jardine, La Colombe, Myoga, Savoy Cabbage (Cape Peninsula)

96 Winery Road, Boschendal, Bread & Wine, Fraai Uitzicht 1798, French Connection Bistro, Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant, Mimosa Lodge, Overture @ Hidden Valley, The Pavilion, Reuben’s, Rust en Vrede, Seafood at The Marine, the Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français,  (Cape Winelands)

Hunter’s Country House Restaurant, Sand at the Plettenberg (Plettenberg Bay)

La Locanda, Stonehill, Serendipity (George and surrounds)

Pembreys, Zachary’s (Knysna)

Renewed Award in the Eastern Cape:

Hacklewood Hill (Port Elizabeth)