6. Camphors at Vergelegen

Somerset West
Open since: 2012
Position in the Top 10 last year: 10

Chef Michael Cooke’s precision and playfulness have seen him rise up the ranks, placing him in the number six spot this year. The simplicity behind the seasonal 10-course Tour menu is inspired, and is what makes this one of the most enjoyable culinary adventures in the winelands. Expect highlights like the cheese-and-wine pairing dish, or a humble yet knockout course of ham hock sausage with pork loin and pancetta. The Malay-pickled kabeljou delves into South African flavours, while the cured duck breast with duck sausage, caramelised shallots and parsnip chips is a standout. Camphors at Vergelegen is also the winner of the 2017 Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award.