Best restaurant in the world has become a small restaurant in the fishing village in South Africa
• The best restaurant of the world has become a small restaurant in the fishing village in South Africa
On February 18, Paris hosted the world's first ceremony of The World Restaurant Awards Awards, which was attended by the best chefs and restaurants in the world.
Among the judges who determined the winners were such luminaries as René Redzepi - Danish chef and co-owner of two-star Michelin restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, King cookbook Yotam Ottolenghi and chef from Northern Ireland Clare Smith, the first woman to get and keep three Michelin stars in Britain. In other words, to make an impression, it was necessary to try very much.
In such circumstances, one would expect that in the first place will get a trendy restaurant, Michelin-starred in Europe. Instead, it went to a tiny restaurant Volfgat (The Wolfgat), in Paternoster in the Western Cape.
The chef Kobus van der Merwe learned to cook when he was 30 years old. Their dishes he prepares fish and seafood caught in the Atlantic Ocean near the wild coast of the Western Cape. He also makes his own bread and butter.
The Wolfgat opened in 2017 in a 130-year-old cottage on the beach in Paternoster.
The tasting menu of seven courses will cost you about 53 euros, which is only part of what you would pay, for example, in a posh restaurant in France.
38-year-old chef can feed 20 people at a time, which usually lasts two and a half hours.
With dishes like twice-cooked laver (seaweed), angelfish with bokkom sambal (fish) and wild garlic masala (masala of wild garlic), pancakes, mussels and vegetables, he also received the prize of "Off-Map Destination ".
Van der Merwe, a former food blogger, said that, in addition to the use of fine spices local cuisine at Cape Malay, his philosophy is to "as little impact possible on products and keep them clean, raw and untreated."
The World Restaurant Awards have also made a video detailing the history of the restaurant The Wolfgat: