Cape Town’s The Test Kitchen has been named the Best Restaurant of the Year at the 2012 Eat Out Dstv Food Network Restaurant Awards.

While last year’s top 10 restaurants were judged solely by Eat Out editor Abigail Donnelly, this time around duties were shared with London-based food columnist for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Bruce Palling. Like Donnelly, Palling has been on the judging panel for the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, and while Palling was able to contribute fresh eyes and a fresh palate to our finest restaurants, when it came down to the wire, his and Donnelly’s opinions matched closely.

The awards were held on Sunday at The Westin Cape Town.

The full list of winners (from www.eatout.co.za):

The Top 10 restaurants:

1. The Test Kitchen

2. The Tasting Room

3. Jordan Restaurant

4. Overture

5. Rust en Vrede

6. DW Eleven-13

7. La Colombe

8. The Greenhouse

9. Terroir

10. Hartford House

Restaurant of the Year

The Test Kitchen

Chef of the Year

Margot Janse of The Tasting Room

Service Excellence Award

Rust en Vrede

The Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award (Paarl Media)

Alicia Wilkinson of Silwood School of Cookery

Best Bistro

9th Avenue Bistro

Best Steakhouse

Carne SA

Best Country-style Restaurant

Fresh at Paul Cluver Wine Estate

Best Asian Restaurant

Saigon (Gardens)

Best Italian restaurant

Café del Sol

Boschendal Style Award in association with Visi

Green House at Babylonstoren