Top 10 Best Restaurants in South Africa

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3. The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West)

Gregory Czarnecki cements his place in the Top 10 by elevating humble ingredients with style and razor-sharp techniques. The 2016 S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year reigns supreme here, consistently turning out food that looks breathtaking and tastes even better. The amuse-bouche, a whipped goat’s cheese mousse, readies the palate for what’s to come.

The sea bass ceviche starter is deliciously fresh, served with a salty snoek purée, crunchy celeriac discs and cured fish roe.

The beautiful Joostenberg Vlakte duck breast is served with oven-roasted turnips infused with hibiscus, pickled turnip, passion-fruit dressing and a turnip-and-hibiscus purée. Never has the humble turnip been so elevated! Desserts of a blood-peach panna cotta or Tahitian-vanilla vacherin complete the excellent journey, with lovely caramel and chocolate offerings presented with the bill.

The Restaurant at Waterkloof_Belnori forest phantom, hibiscus, pollen, pistachio and apple balsamic

Belnori Phantom Forest, hibiscus, pollen, pistachio and apple balsamic at The Restaurant at Waterkloof. Photo by Jan Ras.

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