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Africa.com Restaurant Guide celebrates Africa's Cuisine

Africa.com Platinum Restaurant Award / Hartford House (p)

Africa.com Platinum Restaurant Award / Hartford House (p)

"African cuisine is colourful, diverse and cultured, and is a largely unexplored aspect of the continent that offers a refreshing alternative to game drives and extreme adventures."

The recently launched Africa.com Restaurant Guide offers restaurants gradings in three tiers. The platinum establishments are the crème de la crème­, those that offer an exceptional dining experience. They are followed by the gold tier, which offers culinary excellence, and the bronze tier which offer solid choices for casual dining.

Restaurants are rated according to their service, quality of the food, wine list, general ambience and value for money.

Four restaurants; two from Gauteng and two from KwaZulu-Natal, were singled out for platinum status at the launch. There are also four in the Western Cape which have yet to be announced.

The restaurants are Five Hundred at the Saxon and DW Eleven-13, both in Johannesburg, and Ile Maurice and the restaurant at Hartford House, both in KwaZulu-Natal.

"We know we made the right choices," says Benny Masekwameng, a member of the Africa.com culinary council and a Masterchef South Africa judge. "We need to let people know what we can do. There's a lot that's said about our country in terms of other attractions, and now our industry has the chance to reach a wider audience around the world."

Masekwameng says the country has top-notch culinary talent, but that talent needs a platform such as Masterchef and now, the Africa.com restaurant guide.

All the qualifying restaurants were announced at the launch, and those achieving platinum also received a plaque which they can display with pride.

"Africa.com is the definitive address for information on the continent," says the culinary council's third member Richard Harden, who publishes a highly regarded guide to restaurants in the UK, "and we expect the restaurant guide will become the obvious choice for diners in Africa."

"What better way for a restaurant to get expert advice on what people want?" says Masekwameng. "From the top traveller with money to spend to average tourists, the list caters for everyone. But you need to make sure that your establishment delivers - it's all about consistency and keeping the reputation you've built."

Read more about the Africa.com Restaurant Guide

"BA" is "A" as well as "B"

"Bloody Agreeable" / British Airways (p)

"Bloody Agreeable" / British Airways (p)

"South Africa's Top 5 Restaurants"
-British Airways

Mick Goss Summerhill CEO

Mick Goss
Summerhill CEO

I'm sure we've all heard the by-line among those customers that swear there's nothing to touch British Airways in this part of the world, that the abbreviated version actually means "bloody agreeable".

I was on my way to Cape Town the other day, when I bumped into a few old pals who were about to depart on a BA flight, in the

lift. They mentioned that they'd just picked up in the Business Class lounge on BA's selection of South Africa's Top Five restaurants. These are them, apparently in no particular order:

The Test Kitchen, Cape Town
 - Chef Luke Dale-Roberts

An eclectic establishment with a contemporary approach that is producing the most exciting cuisine in South Africa.

DW Eleven-13, Johannesburg
Chef Marthinus Ferreira

This is the most sophisticated place in Johannesburg. Don't overlook their gutsy signature dish - a slow-roast farm chicken with pomme purée.

Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal
Chef Jackie Cameron

Located in an historic mansion at South Africa's most famous stud farm, diners sit around the original dining table and eat tartare of ostrich or poached quail. Among the top three faraway eateries in the world.

Tasting Room, Le Quartier Français, Franschhoek
Chef Margot Janse

The most stylish restaurant in Africa? Diners choose between a couple of eight-course tasting menus which feature the very best local ingredients presented in a playful manner.

Jordan, Stellenbosch
Chef George Jardine

Located on a wine estate. Straightforward authentic cuisine, with the best cheese selection in the country.

Enough said.

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