Restaurant Mosaic Scores a Hat Trick at the 2017 Eat Out Awards
Only Gauteng restaurant in the Top 10
It was a triple whammy this week for Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient at the 2017 Eat Out Awards held in Cape Town when the acclaimed eatery scored a stellar hat trick by picking up the Service Excellence Award, the Wine Service Award – for sommelier Moses Magwaza – and claiming second spot in the top 10 Best Restaurants of South Africa.
Mosaic chef Chantel Dartnall – who was named Best Female Chef in the World at The Best Chef Awards 2017 held in Poland recently – was ecstatic at the recognition from the Eat Out judges: “I am overjoyed with the three awards we picked up as it shows just how brilliant and committed my whole team is in providing our diners with the best food, the best wine and the best service.”
Mosaic sommelier Moses Magwaza was equally elated, saying “I am thrilled and, at the same time, humbled by this award and must share it with my friend and mentor Germain Lehodey who, in my opinion, has the best wine knowledge in the country.”
Says Eat Out head judge Abigail Donnelly: “Dining at Chantel Dartnall’s enchanting restaurant is a special treat, featuring a sensory journey filled with exquisite plating and dynamic flavours with local, seasonal ingredients. The food displays an undeniable delicate sensibility in both preparation and presentation, satisfying on all levels.
“It’s cooking, wine and service that will ensure you leave happy,” adds Donnelly.
Dartnall and her team have picked up numerous other awards this year. In June, she was named 2017 Chef of the Year for Africa and the Middle East by the prestigious Luxury Travel Guide Awards and, in the same month, Restaurant Mosaic triumphed at the respected 2017 World of Fine Wine World’s Best Wine Lists Awards and was awarded a top-tier three-star award. It was also named Luxury Restaurant of the Year by Travel & Hospitality.
Dartnall’s current spring/summer menu is named CosmOrganic and again features her signature botanical cuisine style, using only the best seasonal produce and taking a cue from nature with dishes such as Song of the Sea (salmon, kombucha, yuzu); Some Birds Don’t Fly (ostrich, beetroot, plum); Tajine du Maghreb (capretto, prunes, argan oil) and The Clash of Constellations (passion fruit, mango, fresh berries).
Restaurant Mosaic also boasts one of the most comprehensive wine cellars in Africa, comprising of more than 75 000 bottles of wine under 5 500 different local and international labels.