Two South African Restaurants Make World’s 50 Best List

May 13, 2010  By: Gretchen

Two South Africa Restaurants have been voted to S. Pelligrino’s 50 Best Restaurants in the World 2010. Very few countries have multiple restaurants in the top 50, and this speak in general to the many world-class restaurant offerings that South Africa provides.

Jumping up 26 places from last year, Cape Town’s La Colombe takes the number 12 spot for 2010. “Under the new stewardship of British Chef Luke Dale Roberts, La Colombe has won praise for his Asian influenced French cuisine. Nestled between the Constatina Uitsig Estate, La Colombe has a stunning wine list, and Dale Roberts creates outstanding dishes such as Home Cured Ox Tongue with Jerusalem Artichoke, Lentil Puree and pickled Shimeji.”

Le Quartier Francais, located in the Franschhoek Winelands region, takes the number 31 spot in 2010, up six places. “Le Quartier Français is a heavenly rural retreat, and Margot Jansen runs a restaurant to match. Margot uses seasonal local ingredients, so visitors can expect to see Wildebeest, Franschhoek Trout or Ganzvlei Vastrap Cheddar on the menu.” Recently AAC’s Gretchen Healey visited Le Quartier Francais and says that the corn soup was some of the best she has ever tasted. Gretchen notes that are plenty of other fantastic restaurants in the area, which makes Franschhoek a true destination holiday for the gastronomically inclined. Check our our South Africa Wine & Safari for an excellent culinary adventure, including a 6-course tasting dinner at Le Quartier Francais!

Photo Courtesy of La Colombe

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