19 February, 2019 | Wolfgat, an intimate restaurant perched atop a cave in Paternoster took home two prestigious awards last night, including the inaugural Restaurant of the Year, at the World Restaurant Awards in Paris.
The rustic haven of West Coast Strandveld food also won the Off-Map Destination category, for remote restaurants where the journey alone is a story.
The World Restaurant Awards were founded by IMG in partnership with Joe Warwick and Andrea Petrini to celebrate restaurants as a culture, considered in the same way as film, art, and music. That means relevant/progressive categories judged with robust integrity by an expert panel in an attempt to better reflect the true range and diversity of the international restaurant scene.
The finalists were selected by a mixed panel of expert restaurateurs, professional chefs, and food media from over 37 different countries, the judges predominately focussed on excellence and integrity.
Featuring a 20-seat dining room with a breathtaking ocean view, housed in a converted 130-year-old whitewashed fisherman’s beach cottage, Wolfgat is very much driven by its head chef-owner, Kobus van der Merwe. The restaurant maintains a strong focus on providing jobs for locals and sustaining the community.
“It feels like a restaurant that’s giving back to the community. All of its team are locals, many of them from fishing families, and have never worked in a restaurant before so trained on the job. Kobus is a believer in doing away with the traditional hierarchy of the kitchen and front house. The restaurant is very much a team effort and there is only one team.” said one of the judges.
Wolfgat offers a signature Strandveld seasonal, seven-course tasting menu, which includes sustainable seafood, and seasonal veldkos enhanced by wild herbs, seaweeds from the local rock pools and pickings from the garden. Some of the elements on the tasting menu take weeks of preparation, while other ingredients are handpicked on the day for the exact number of bookings received. The restaurant also serves a selection of Strandveld’s finest wines.
For more information visit Wolfgat’s website.