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Here are the top 20 finalists in the Wolftrap Steakhouse championship contest for 2015.

The public vote identfied these anad now a team of judges is visiting each of them to find the winner. The 2015 champion will be announced on June 30 at The Local Grill in Parktown North, which was the 2013 and 2014 winner.

 

See below the 2015 Top 20 Steakhouses, first  grouped into colour-coded regions, then listed alphabetically:

  • Eastern Cape: 2x in East London
  • Free State: 1x in Bloemfontein
  • Gauteng: 6x steakhouses with 2x in Pretoria
  • KwaZulu Natal: 3x steakhouses: Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Umhlanga Rocks
  • Mpumalanga: 1x steakhouse
  • Southern Cape: 3x steakhouses
  • Western Cape: 4x steakhouses
  • Cattle Baron, Mossel Bay - Southern Cape
  • Cattle Baron, Tableview - Western Cape
  • Fahrenheit, Edenvale, Johannesburg (East) - GautengFinalist in 2014
  • Havana Grill, Durban - KwaZulu Natal
  • Hillside Tavern Grill, Lynwood, Pretoria - Gauteng
  • HQ, Cape Town - Western Cape - Finalist in 2014
  • Jayz Grill, Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu Natal
  • Little Havana, Umhlanga Rocks - KwaZulu NatalFinalist in 2013
  • Longhorn Steakhouse, Bloemfontein - Free State
  • Milhaus, Kyalami, Johannesburg (North)- Gauteng
  • Pioneers Butcher & Grill, Hazyview - Mpumalanga
  • Sanook, East London - Eastern Cape
  • Texas Grill, George - Southern Cape
  • The Bull Run, Sandton, Johannesburg (North) - Gauteng
  • The Cricketer, East London - Eastern Cape
  • The Godfather, Centurion, Pretoria - GautengRunner-up in 2014
  • The Grumpy Griller, George - Southern Cape
  • The Local Grill, Parktown North, Johannesburg (North)- GautengChampion in 2013 and 2014
  • The Local Grill, Woodstock - Western Cape
  • Theo's, Mouille Point - Western CapeFinalist in 2014

 

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IMIBALA Restaurant and Deli,

18 Bright Street Somerset West,. Tel: 021 851 2364

Caption to picture: Roasted baby beetroot and  goat cheese with toasted seeds and yellow pepper dressing salad 

Light, bright and inviting. The restaurant and adjoining art gallery face the Imibala Trust offices and retail store across the road, making for a compact Imibala complex.

The name means colour in Xhosa , reflected in a clever logo recording multi-coloured sound waves of a child’s laughter. This is pertinent, as the whole existence of this project and its distinctive facets, is to bring joy to children whose lives lack this essential element.

Nicole Dupper is the chef here, a name that will bring joy to legions of diners who have relished her delectable, consistently fine fare at places like Bushman’s kKoof and Bartholomeus Klip. She focuses on fresh and seasonal ingredients which she fashions into dishes both classic and trendy, all well balanced compositions where flavour and texture are paramount, and eye appeal follows – simply by stylishly presented on large white plates. There are no dribbles or foams, no ingredients fashioned to look like a lunar or Picasso landscape, but every mouthful offers convincing proof of dedicated talent at work.

The menu, simply divided into savoury dishes and desserts, is well constructed, ranging from upmarket sandwiches (chicken with fontina cheese and crème fraîche and sirloin with caramelised onion, roasted tomato, mozzarella and wild rocket) through appealing vegetarian items to a good selection of salads, seafood, chicken and red meat choices. Between four of us, we sampled two meatless dishes - caramelised onion,spinach and blue cheese tart and aubergine parmigiano – neither of which could be faulted. Those who chose layered smoked salmon and avo topped with trout caviar and grilled lamb loin salad with roasted eggplant, feta, mint and tzatsiki were equally happy . The weather was too hot for my choice of buttermilk panna cotta to set as it should have done, so I sampled the classic vanilla crème brulée instead, which was excellent. Roasted hazelnut and chocolate meringue galette proved rich and irresistible, and a dainty apple tart, topped with vanilla icecream, swam in a pool of satiny crème anglaise.

The winelist is substantial, and includes an impressive number of international labels, along with beer, cider and spirits. Cape wines are mostly limited to products from the Rupert cellars, with a couple of Elgin labels to round off choices. Wines by the glass are limited to a couple of bubblies and to the Protea range of still wines, which are affordable if forgettable. The brilliant Cape of Good Hope range of wines is also there, every one of which I would recommend with enthusiasm.

Part of the restaurant’s proceeds are channelled to the Imibala Trust, a philanthropic project which is a story in itself. Suffice it to say that an impressive number of needy children, from around 20 schools across the Helderberg basin, from Grade R upwards, are clothed in school uniforms, given their own personal belongings, and are monitored throughout their school lives. They also take part in a number of extramural activities.

Supporting charity has never been so delicious.

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