Top 10 Best Restaurant in South Africa, according to the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz awards
East Out has revealed the top 10 winners from the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards 2018.
Anonymous judges ranked the restaurants after eating at the locations across the country, based on consistency and excellence.
The Constantia, Cape Town, located restaurant was ranked in fourth position in the 2017 awards. The judges deemed the place: “Brilliant, interesting; very ahead of the curve. The playful presentation doesn’t take away from the honesty of the food.”
The restaurant, which is in Stellenbosch, has been ranked in the top 10 list for the first time in 2018.
“Presentation is brilliantly simple and meant to give an air of unpretentiousness, but remains modern and beautiful.”
Found in Somerset West, the restaurant reportedly uses farm-fresh ingredient and seasonal flavours. The restaurant has fallen two spots since last year.
“Camphors is really keeping the standard high. It is evident that they are evolving and growing every year.”
The playful plating restauraunt was ranked in second position in 2017, and is located in Elandsfontein, Pretoria.
“A deeply joyful and rewarding dining experience. Whimsical presentation delivers revelatory flavour.”
Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenort can be found in Constantia, Cape Town. Having fallen one position since its ranking of fifth place last year, judges stated: “Beautifully crafted food; simple but precise cooking.”
The new entry is in Franschhoek and is the award-winning sister restaurant of La Colombe.
“An absolutely delightful meal. I can remember each and every course, cooked with such delicacy.”
Wolfgat has never featured in the top 10 list. The “totally unique” and “driven” restaurant in Paternoster has been remarked as innovative.
“The menu is gutsy and bold, throwing people unfamiliar with the area into the deep end of the West Coast.”
3. La Colombe
In Constantia, Cape Town, you can find La Columbe. The restaurant has risen in the legue from seventh position in 2017. It’s sister, La Petite Columbe, also made it to the top 10.
“Beautiful, quirky, clever. Sublime simple dishes; superb cooking.”
The winner of last year’s table, The Test Kitchen can be found in Woodstock Cape Town, and offers its guests “dramatic dining and harmonious service”.
“The food, presentation and seamless, exciting service left me feeling like I’d had a Michelin-star dining experience.”
The title of the best restaurant in the country has been given to the Restaurant at Waterkloof in Somerset West. The place has climbed two spots to reach number one.
“Simple combinations of flavours, perfectly cooked and exquisitely plated.”
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.