by Tom Head
There was a pleasant surprise at the Haute Grandeur Global Restaurant Awards this week, as Durbanville’s Tangram Restaurant scooped three major awards.
Photo: Supplied by Tangram
Everyone loves a good underdog story, don’t they? Well, the Tangram Restaurant in Durbanville Hills, Cape Town has orchestrated a deserved upset at the Haute Grandeur Global Restaurant Awards this weekend.
The best South African food can be found in… Durbanville
Going up against mightier and more recognised venues such as La Colombe and Test Kitchen, Tangram emerged victorious in three separate categories during the glitzy ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The restaurant ended up with one global honour, a continental prize, and even a domestic trophy:
- Best South African Cuisine on a Global Level
- Best Gourmet Cuisine in Africa
- Best Restaurant Manager in South Africa
Tangram Restaurant – details:
Having achieved the treble, a quick glance at the facility and their food explains is at. They produce a sumptuous gourmet selection of the finest tastes South Africa has to offer. Their menu offers customers a culinary journey that thrills at every juncture, from mouthwatering duck the fantastic fusion of fish and green curry.
Tangram’s strongest feature is the fact it offers a little something for everyone. They provide an extensive menu for vegans, and their world-beating wines are also 100% organic. Whether you’re a fine-diner or an unashamed carnivore, you won’t leave the jewel in Durbanville’s crown feeling anything but pure satisfaction.
And that, according to restaurant manager Dirk Steyn, is exactly what he and his staff aim for. Beaming with his newly-bestowed “best manager in the country” status, Steyn revealed the secrets of his success, telling us that consistency and unique offerings are the key to forging a fearsome reputation:
“The hospitality industry is competitive and consumers demand consistent quality, exceptional service and unique experiences that entice them to return. Dining out is such a social and emotive engagement and consumers have extremely high expectations. We pride ourselves in delivering beyond expectations – whether it’s breakfast, a languid lunch or celebratory dinner.”Dirk Steyn
What makes this place in Durbanville so unique?
The whole dining experience doesn’t just come down to the quality of the food, though. For serious foodies, the aesthetic and the feel of a place can often make or break an evening. That’s where Tangram excels once more, as it bathes in the light reflecting for Durbanville’s sprawling valleys. The interior decoration is just as impressive, too.
Tangram is a contemporary space with a double volume ceiling, wood finishes, earthy tones and South African décor. You’ve got jaw-dropping views of Table Mountain, Table Bay and the famous vineyards of Durbanville peering back at you from afar. There are few sights more impressive anywhere in the culinary world. The restaurant are telling no lies with a self-assessment on their own website:
“The wooden deck is the perfect setting for sipping on a glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc whilst the kids are entertained in the play-area. The menu prepared by head chef Tamzyn Ehlers is simple, unpretentious yet sophisticated, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner on selected evenings.”Tangram’s website
Award criteria and booking information for Tangram
The Haute Grandeur Global Restaurant Awards acknowledges hospitality experiences across seven continents and more than 60 countries. Awards are achieved by means of a rigorous rating process, based on a unique concept exclusive to Haute Grandeur which relies on the feedback from guests rather than by a general public vote or judging.
So if you want to have your say on just how excellent Tangram is, you can get yourself there by making a booking on their website. You can also view the alternative menus they have for breakfast and dinner here.