Condé Nast Traveller recently published their annual list of most beautiful restaurants in the world. The listicle reveals the 33 most aesthetically enthralling restaurants from across the board, featuring candlelit courtyards in Ibiza to the eclectic Zambezi House in Zimbabwe, right to the breathtaking shores of the Western Cape…
Making the top 30 on Condé Nast’s 2020 list is the award-winning restaurant, Wolfgat. Situated in the quaint seaside town of Paternoster in the Western Cape, the restaurant is a hidden gem that offers a locally sourced menu which is perfectly balanced between creativity and accessibility. The remote 20-cover restaurant, located on the site of the Wolfgat cave is idyllic and offers guests an unparalleled view and experience.
Find out what Condé Nast had to say about both Wolfgat and Zimbabwe’s Zambezi House below and view the full list of ‘The Most Beautiful Restaurants in the World’, right here.
WOLFGAT, SOUTH AFRICA
A foraged find in South Africa
“The 20 seats in this humble cottage above a beach in Paternoster, two hours from Cape Town, get snapped up months in advance. Here, chef Kobus van der Merwe has gained a cult following for his foraged beach vegetation menu. But success didn’t arrive overnight. He has been pioneering sustainable cooking on South Africa’s west coast for a decade – first at Oep ve Koep (the tiny bistro he still runs in his parents’ farm stall) and now at Wolfgat, pictured, named after a nearby cave which contains remnants of early civilisation.
Today, he uses ingredients typical of the ancient diet of the nomadic Strandlopers, who combed the shores of this stark coast. Seasonal foods include bokkoms (dried fish), veldkool (flower buds) and pickled slangbessies berries. Wild oysters are whipped into a pâté with housemade fynbos-infused vermouth and foraged purslane. And for pudding, there might be crispy kelp served with sweet pear ice cream. This off-the-beaten-track spot is worth the significant detour out of the city.” – By Jane Broughton
ZAMBEZI HOUSE, ZIMBABWE
A restaurant with the views of a safari lodge
“Beneath a knot of ebony trees on the grassy banks of the Zambezi is a site worthy of the smartest safari lodge. Instead, Mark Valentine from antique emporium Amatuli in Johannesburg has teamed up with Beks Ndlovu of African Bush Camps to create Zambezi House, the most exciting standalone restaurant in Victoria Falls. Warthogs graze on the lawns where tables and chairs are set up for plates of peri-peri rotisserie chicken and wood-fired pizzas topped with artichokes and olives.
In the courtyard, a wooden deck wraps around trees strung with fairy lights and baskets overflow with jungly plants. Inside are pink velvet sofas, black-and-white photography by David Ballam and curious African artefacts, while upstairs in the shipping-container bar there’s craft beers and South African Chenin Blanc. And from here there are views of elephants feeding on the opposite bank and sounds of African fish eagles and grunting hippos. This is the best place to eavesdrop on where to go and what to see in Africa right now.” – By Jane Broughton