June 6, 2024

Acclaimed SA Restaurant La Colombe Secures Spot on World’s 50 Best Restaurants List

The highly anticipated list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, was revealed on this week in a glitzy and glamorous live awards ceremony held at Wynn Las Vegas. 

The event brought together the best chefs, restaurateurs and hospitality industry icons on the planet.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants was created in 2002 as the brand’s first global review of once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences and has since been published annually. The 22nd edition features restaurants from 26 territories, five continents and eight exciting new and re-entries. 

One of these new entries is La Colombe, ranked at number 49 and described as a “South Africa stunner”.

“Great food and views go hand-in-hand at this South African stunner tucked away at the top of Constantia Nek, looking over the Constantia Valley towards the sea. At La Colombe, chef James Gaag and his team create elegant dishes grounded in French technique and accented with Asian flourishes. The eight or 10-course tasting menus are executed with impeccable precision, yet the experience remains playful and approachable, with guests selecting their own canapes as they begin their meal. As the restaurant is on a wine estate, you’re guaranteed a great glass, although a lot of thought has gone into the low and no ABV options too.”

Number 1 on the list is Disfrutar in Barcelona, owned and run by three chefs: Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas. 

Another entry from Cape Town is FYN, Chef Peter Tempelhoff’s fine dining restaurant renowned for its unique Japanese-South African fusion menu, which was ranked at number 60.

Find out who else made the 2024 list: https://www.theworlds50best.com/list/1-50