FOOD AWARDS 2018: TRIED-AND-TESTED STARS

Financial Mail - - LIFE OUTBOX - Sylvia Mck­e­own

Af­ter go­ing to hun­dreds of food-and-booze events this year, the FM and Busi­ness Day’s Wanted mag­a­zine rounded up their epi­curean high­lights for 2018. We’ve dished out the ku­dos where they’re due, and hope­fully helped you make your din­ing and drink­ing choices (fancy or not) in­cred­i­bly sim­ple. The plea­sure was all ours.

FAVOURITE BAKED GOODS: TONKA BEAN BAK­ERY, Four­ways, Joburg

The al­mond crois­sants here are clearly made from fairy-dust dreams and but­ter — lots of but­ter.

FAVOURITE ICE CREAM: UN­FRAMED, Gar­dens, Cape Town

If we have to scream for ice cream, then we’re hol­ler­ing at this Cape Town hip­ster strong­hold. Its ever-ex­pand­ing se­lec­tion of largely ve­gan op­tions is a rev­e­la­tion.

FAVOURITE BREAK­FAST WITH A VIEW: EAST HEAD CAFÉ, Knysna

It has one of the best views on the Gar­den Route and of­fers de­light­ful break­fasts in ev­ery form and calo­rie count. Oh, and its ser­vice is morn­ing brightening.

FAVOURITE HANG­OVER FOOD: CLARKE’S BAR & DIN­ING ROOM, city bowl, Cape Town

The fried-chicken burger sit­u­a­tion is manna from heaven when ev­ery­thing else feels like hell.

BEST-KEPT SE­CRET: BAN­CHAN, Park­more, Sand­ton

Noth­ing warms the heart like a bowl of Korean noo­dles from this tiny, authen­tic spot. It puts the pseudo-asian places to shame.

FAVOURITE TAKE­OUT: THE LEOP­ARD, Mil­park, Joburg

The lit­tle buzz bike that de­liv­ers pata plate wraps and vigour bowls is a god­send that not even EFF pro­test­ers can keep away.

FAVOURITE JOBURG RESTAU­RANT: FARRO, Illovo, Joburg

This glit­ter­ing new star of the SA food scene has shaken things up with its oft-chang­ing ca­sual fine din­ing. It tastes like the sea, there’s a sheep’s head on the la­bel, and the wine­maker wears a kilt. What more do you need?

FAVOURITE BUB­BLES: Paul René MCC Brut Rosé

In terms of home­grown bub­bles, you can’t do bet­ter than Paul René. Fruity, dry and won­der­ful.

FAVOURITE SO­CIAL ME­DIA FOOD PORN: @Vel­dand­sea

Ev­ery photo is a mo­ment of lush won­der beck­on­ing you to the sea.

FAVOURITE WINE BAR: PUBLIK, Gar­dens, Cape Town

Be­cause it sells the afore­men­tioned sheep’s head chenin and other de­light­ful small-batch wines. And its spot off Kloof Nek Road is a Cape Town de­com­pres­sion cham­ber.

BEST-LOOK­ING CHEF: Ryan Cole

Let’s just say, you do not have to go to Sal­sify for the ridicu­lously good food only.

FAVOURITE DURBS VIBES: AL FIRENZE, Umh­langa

Don’t for­get about KZN. This is proper home-style Ital­ian de­li­cious­ness.

FAVOURITE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: SAINT, Sand­ton, Joburg

Art on the ceil­ing, art on the plate — who knew pizza could be this fancy?

FAVOURITE SEAT IN TOWN: ON THE PASS AT THE TEST KITCHEN, Wood­stock, Cape Town

We know the right peo­ple — what can we say?

FAVOURITE IN­NO­VA­TION: WOLFGAT, Pater­nos­ter

Best you book a Byzan­tine-like room and stay the night. Be­tween the mag­i­cal food bo­nanza and the never-end­ing cel­lar, you won’t make it to any­where else.

FAVOURITE CAPE TOWN RESTAU­RANT: LA TÊTE, city bowl, Cape Town

Chef Giles Ed­wards ex­cels with his chicken hearts, devilled kid­neys and brains on toast.

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