The World’s 50 Best Restaurants have been announced and it’s no surprise that Wolfgat, on the West Coast of South Africa, was placed at number 50. They also walked away with the title of best restaurant in Africa.
The international awards were hosted on Antwerp, Belgium on Tuesday night and is the highlight of top restaurants from around the world who wait patiently to see where they place.
Wolfgat, with chef Kobus van der Merwe at its helm, is one of South Africa’s most beloved restaurants. The dining experience incorporates ingredients found fresh and foraged on the West Coast shoreline – each ingredient is treated with the utmost integrity and turned into a masterpiece.
The fine-dining establishment has reimagined the food experience and given new meaning to the words ‘experiential eating’. Wolfgat was not the only restaurant to be celebrated from South Africa, Fyn and La Colombe were placed in the top 100.
Van Der Merwe said they were speechless to be included as number 50 on the The World’s Best list and be named Best Restaurant in Africa.
“All our heroes – local and international chefs and restaurants that we admire and have been looking up to – are featured here, so it seems quite surreal and undeserved that we should be ranked amongst them. But we are honoured to be selected, and proud to represent South Africa, and Paternoster in particular, on the global stage.
“Given the extremely challenging past year-and-a-half we’ve faced globally, especially in the hospitality industry, recognition of this kind comes as a welcome moral boost, as well as an incentive to keep doing what we do in our own small way – moreover since our slightly unconventional, West Coast approach to food and service does not necessarily fit the average idea of what constitutes ‘fine dining’,” he said.
He shared his pride for the passionate Wolfgat team: Rochelle Karolus, She-Earl Pietersen, Emily Williams, Emmerson Bester and Alicia Bester.
Here are the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.