Eat Out Top 10 nominations for 2012

Eat Out have released the candidates for the DSTV Food Network Restaurant awards. This is an important list, but not for the reasons you may think. You see everyone focuses on the Top 10. But this list includes the other 10 restaurants that were considered better than most. If you’re the type of person who likes to eat at the top restaurants in the country then you really want to work through this list rather than just the top 10.

In addition to the Top 10 this year, Eat Out will also be announcing, for the first time, the winners in the following niche categories:

Best Asian restaurant
Best Italian restaurant
Best Steakhouse
Best Country-Style restaurant
Best Bistro
Most Stylish restaurant

These categories are separate from the Top 10. Some of the winners may also be in the Top 10, but need not necessarily be.

Here is the list of candidates for the Top 10:

Azure Restaurant
DW Eleven-13
Grande Provence
The Greenhouse
Hartford House
Jordan Restaurant
La Colombe
Mosaic Restaurant
Pierneef à La Motte
Planet Restaurant
The Roundhouse
The Tasting Room
The Test Kitchen

You can see last year’s candidate list here.


  1. Mida October 6, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Where’s Aubergine? Strange omission, no?

  2. Dax October 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Ja, it’s tough to choose the top 20. There are a bunch that should be there. How does one decide which to take out to put another in. Glad I don’t have to decide!

  3. Jan October 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Where’s the Foodbarn?

  4. andre October 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    where;s Greyton’s abbey rose under country restaurants ?

  5. Dax October 31, 2011 at 12:50 am

    The awards take place on the 20th November at the Bay Hotel in Camps Bay. It’s an awesome event, you can read my review of last year’s event here.

    There are 100 tickets available to the public at R1000 which includes canapés, drinks and a four course dinner prepared by top chefs:

    • Canapés by Peter Tempelhoff of the Greenhouse;
    • The starter course will be prepared by the Nobu team;
    • The 1st main course by Luke Dale-Roberts of the Test Kitchen;
    • The 2nd main course by Michael Broughton of Terroir and
    • The dessert by George Jardine of Jordan Restaurant

    There may be a goodie bag too…

    For tickets, go to or email