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2020 World Luxury Restaurant Awards Winners Announced

11 November 2020

To celebrate the 5th year of the World Luxury Restaurant Awards the winners of these prestigious awards have been announced representing more than 61 countries and 365 restaurants.

The World Luxury Restaurant Awards recognizes establishments for world-class service excellence. Awards are presented on a country, regional, continent and global basis. Winners are selected by public vote online, providing true recognition that reflects the hard work and dedication exhibited by staff.  

We started the 2020 award year with great excitement, planning two very special and unique events in Indonesia and Mauritius. We adapted to the ever-changing circumstances, and to make up for being unable to host an event, we decided to do our utmost to provide all participants with a special winner package, including individual personal video clips, a video message from management and a set of winner images announcing their win.

The 2020 Global Restaurant of the Year Award went to ESCĀ Cairo in Egypt, congratulations to Ahmed Heggy and his team on receiving this prestigious award. Winners are highly deserving of this prestigious award, epitomizing as they do the ethos of luxury and fine service. Many factors play a part in determining the global restaurant of the year winner, such as brand, location and overall guest satisfaction as per feedback via online reviews, among others. This year the focus was on those that showed true determination during a year never experience in our industry before.

“We congratulate this year’s winners. It speaks volumes to your dedication and commitment to our industry in this challenging year. True luxury is not easily attained. It takes highly efficient and dedicated staff, who are willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that every guest feels cared for and no challenge goes unresolved. This is the definition of luxury, it is what makes the winners shine.” says World Luxury Awards Marketing Director, Michael Hunter-Smith.

As the year draws to an end both FRANCE 24, our official sponsor, and ourselves are confidently optimistic that 2021 will see the international travel and tourism industry start its growth and recovery. We look forward to sharing this journey with you all.

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Idiom Restaurant – The perfect place to enjoy Italian-South African wines and panoramic views of the cape vineyards.

The friendly hostess greeted us and showed us to our table which had uninterrupted views of the mountains. We ordered the 3-course menu with a wine pairing.

The chef served a delicious bacon jam crostini as an amuse bouche while we were enjoying our glass of prosecco. As a pre-starter to share, we had the Cape bream and tomato ceviche paired with an easy-drinking pinot grigio wine. We then had the lamb paccheri as our starter which was paired with a sangiovese wine.

For mains we had the Beef short rib which was perfectly paired with their cape blend wine.

For dessert we had the coconut panna cotta which was paired with their dessert wine. The chef also treated us to a delicious lemon macaron after our dessert.

Each course was perfectly paired with Idiom’s finest wines. The sommelier was extremely passionate about wines and gave us a tour of their tasting room and cellar after our lunch.

What a stunning property, thank you so much to the Idiom Team for this great food experience, I will be back soon!

Reviewed by Digital Marketing Manager of The World Luxury Awards: Ms. Kayla Lourens

For reservations, please email or call +27 21 858 1088

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YU Asian Restaurant – a contemporary Asian dining experience in the heart of Cape Town…

YU Asian Restaurant is located in the ONYX Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Yu offers contemporary Asian dining in a relaxed setting with dishes like sushi and dim sum.

My partner and I booked for dinner at the restaurant and received a lovely table with a view of the chefs and close to the bar. The restaurant was dimly lit and had a warm and cozy ambience.

The friendly waiter recommended their top dishes and assisted us to choose the perfect bottle of wine.

The menu is tapas style, so we ordered a bunch of different dishes and sides and shared it all. We had the most delicious sushi, dim sum, calamari, bao buns, Asian fries and more.

We ended off our dinner with a coconut sago pudding to share and it was divine!

YU is a true hidden gem in the heart of Cape Town and is a must-visit when looking for an Asian meal in the mother city.

Reviewed by Digital Marketing Manager of The World Luxury Awards: Ms. Kayla Lourens

For reservations, please email or call +27 211110453

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For the ultimate food experience, look no further than Gåte at Quoin Rock…

Gåte is a fine-dining restaurant situated at Quoin Rock Wines, a short drive from Stellenbosch, South Africa.

This was hands down the best restaurant experience I have ever had in my life. I have travelled and wined and dined at various places around the world, however Gåte is more than exceptional.

From the stupendous views, to the divine interior and architecture, Gåte is absolutely magical. Their wine is first class, in fact it is some of the best wine I have had. The food encapsulates the true essence of the creative Michelin Starred Chef Rikku’s travel experiences.

I do not even have the words to describe how amazing my experience was. In fact, I left with literal happy tears in my eyes. To all the chefs and staff in general – you are inspirational and more than sensational. I will see you in The World’s 50 Best…

Reviewed by Digital Marketing Manager of The World Luxury Awards: Ms. Kayla Lourens

For reservations, please email or call +27 218884750