3. The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Somerset West
Open since: 2009
Position in the Top 10 last year: 3

With his ability to create magical, original food that celebrates ingredients and techniques, it’s no wonder Gregory Czarnecki clinches the number 3 spot. The visually stunning food does great honour to the ingredients, with perfectly calibrated dishes like Saldanha Bay oyster with beurre blanc sorbet; Egg 63 with a sous vide egg, toast soldiers and emmenthaler velouté; poached chicken with curry, comté viennoise and morels jus; and a beautiful dessert of apricot, pomegranate, fennel, and tarragon.