8. The Shortmarket Club

City Bowl, Cape Town
Open since: 2016
Position in the Top 10 last year: New entry

Luke Dale-Roberts’s fourth restaurant – where Wesley Randles is at the helm – makes its debut on the Top 10 thanks to its bold food that makes the ingredients the star of the show. Expect to see dishes like grass-fed beef tartare with celeriac dashi and frozen parmesan; ‘The Pasta Dish’ with unctuous oxtail ragù, fennel three ways and burnt butter; and a decadent and earthy vegetarian offering of roasted artichoke with hazelnut, aged balsamic and labneh. Delicate desserts end things off with options like lavender-and-mozzarella crème brûlée or the indulgent 80% Valrohna chocolate fondant.