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Last night the Western Cape winners of the Amex Platinum Fine Dining Awards 2015 were announced at the beautiful Cavalli estate. The awards have been running for 17 years and honour excellence in fine dining. This year 89 South African restaurants were recognised at the awards.
“The Awards continue to reflect the country’s rising culinary spirit and serve as a catalyst in championing the enhancement of the fine dining industry and experience in South Africa. As the exclusive issuer of American Express in South Africa, we are honoured to be associated with this initiative as it not only celebrates South African restaurateurs but also promotes fine dining,” said Pamela White: Head: Corporate Card Services at Nedbank.
While I haven’t been lucky enough to visit all of these, I was pleased to see that a number of the restaurants that did win have been previous hosts to the Veggie Bunch Supper Club events, including some of my personal favourites: Planet at the Mount Nelson as well as Catharina’s at Steenberg. I am looking forward to setting up future events at some of the other winning restaurants.
Cavalli put together a delicious and beautifully presented vegetarian menu with a variety of fresh and exciting flavour combinations. Here are a few photos from this spectacular venue as well as some of the dishes served on the night.
All the 2015 American Express Platinum Fine Dining winners
Johannesburg (27): Balata, Bellagio,Bellgables, BiCE, Butcher Shop & Grill, Café del Sol, dw eleven-13, FiveHundred, iL Tartufo, Jazz Maniacs, LaCampagnola, La Cucina di Ciro, La Scala,Le Soufflé, Mastrantonio, Neh!, Osteria Tre Nonni, Red Chamber, Roots, Sel etPoivre, Signature, Sophia’s Bistro, Thava, The Leopard, Wangthai, Wombles, Yamato
Cape Peninsula (17): Aubergine, Azure, Bistro Sixteen82, Bistrot Bizerca, Buitenverwachting, Catharina’s, The Foodbarn, GOLD Restaurant, The Greenhouse, Haiku; il Leone, Kitima, Myoga, Nobu, Planet Restaurant, Signal
Cape Winelands (16): 96 Winery Road,Bosman’s, Bread & Wine, De Grendel, Delaire Graff Restaurant, Fraai Uitzicht 1798, Grande Provence, Makaron, Mimosa Lodge, Overture, The Pavilion, Pierneef at La Motte, Reuben’s (Franschhoek), Rust en Vrede, The Tasting Roomat Le Quartier Français, Waterkloof
KwaZulu-Natal (8): Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse, Hartford House, Harvey’s, Ile Maurice, 9th Avenue Bistro, Roma Revolving Restaurant, Spice, Sugar Club
Garden Route (6): La Locanda (George), Zinzi (Plettenberg Bay), Serendipity (Wilderness), Transkaroo (Great Brak), Pembreys (Knysna), The Orchid Room(Knysna)
Pretoria (6): La Madeleine, Brasserie de Paris, La Pentola, Mosaic, Ritrovo Ristorante,Zemara
Eastern Cape(1): Hacklewood Hill (Port Elizabeth)
Klein Karoo(1): Su Casa (Oudtshoorn)
Mpumalanga (1): Zest (Nelspruit)
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