A small beach restaurant in an isolated South African fishing village was named the best in the world.
The Wolfgat – whose six mostly female staff have no formal training – opened just two years ago in a 130-year-old cottage and cave on the beach at Paternoster.
Its seven-course tasting menu costs the equivalent of €53 ($60 or R848), a fraction of what you would pay at a top Paris table.
Congratulations @Wolfgat for winning best Off-Map Destination! Housed in a 10-year-old fisherman’s beach cottage on South Africa’s Western Cape, Wolfgat’s menu is built around fresh catch and foraged goods as local as can be… pic.twitter.com/kUcwksMILu
— The World Restaurant Awards (@worldrestawards) February 18, 2019
But the founder, Van der Merwe’s belief in sustainable, back-to-basics cooking won over the judges of the inaugural World Restaurant Awards in the French capital.
“I can’t wait to celebrate with them with a big glass of South African sparkling wine.”
By Damilola Faustino