Every city or town has their favourite local restaurant - however, Wolfgat situated in the small coastal town of Paternoster in the Western Cape can now claim to be one of the world's best restaurants with their win at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards.
Wolfgat was shortlisted and announced as the winner in the Off-Map Destination category and, in a spectacular ending to the ceremony, took home the awards’ highest honours as Restaurant of the Year.
Prolific head chef at Wolfgat, Kobus van der Merwe, was in attendance at the award ceremony in Paris to receive the awards, one of which was presented by fellow South African Lorna Maseko.
Wolfgat is more than just a one-of-a-kind restaurant, it is a celebration of local ingredients and exceptional food. “If mother nature erected a sign saying ‘build a restaurant here’, it would surely point to Wolfgat. Chosen from all the inspected big plates, our inaugural Restaurant of the Year is a small, remote haven of purity and good taste in every sense,” reads the World Restaurant Awards website.
The restaurant, which is housed in a converted 130-year-old fisherman’s beach cottage in Paternoster offers one of the best, most untouched views in the country and is praised for a menu that is built freshness and locality. Seasonal tasting menus are the order of the day with dishes serving up sustainable seafood, local lamb and venison, and seasonal veldkos, enhanced by wild herbs, seaweeds from the local rock pools, and pickings from the garden.
To further their sustainability cause the restaurant only books 20 diners per sitting, with some of the elements on the tasting menu taking weeks to prepare, while other ingredients are handpicked on the day for the exact number of diners. Nothing wasted, everything enjoyed.
So if you are planning a trip up the West Coast make sure you book your seat at this incredible restaurant weeks in advance!