Moving from number three in 2018, to number one this year, it is the first time La Colombe has achieved the coveted title of “Restaurant of the Year”, having previously peaked at second place in 2015 and 2016.
Stepping up to collect the award on behalf of his team, executive chef James Gaag said how lucky he was to have such a dedicated, self-motivated and passionate team who all have the same dreams and all work towards the same goal. “I could not be prouder of them for all their hard work and passion. This achievement is all theirs!”
Lynda Ingham-Brown, one of the Eat Out critics who visited the restaurant during the judging process said that La Colombe’s reputation for sophisticated fine dining and beautiful foliage-inspired presentation is well-deserved. “Set high above the Constantia wine valley, its lofty location adds to the feeling that you’re about to experience something special. The eight-course menu is a reflection of Gaag’s interpretations of local flavours presented in a refined, sometimes quirky, manner.”
In addition to winning the coveted title of Restaurant of the Year at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, La Colombe’s sommelier, Joseph Dhafana, won the 2019 Wine Service Award, a coveted title among fine dining sommeliers. This award not only recognises his extensive wine knowledge, but also his contribution to the greater dining experience at La Colombe.
The celebrations weren’t confined to Constantia, as La Petite Colombe – La Colombe’s sister restaurant in Franschhoek, maintained a position in the Eat Out Awards top 10, for the second consecutive year, to the delight of their team.