It’s time for Restaurant Week 2018

By Lebohang Mosia Time of article published May 2, 2018

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People have an interesting relationship with fine dining restaurants.  For those who appreciate fine dining, it’s not just about the food (which has to be lip-smackingly good), it’s the whole experience. 
The decor, the plating, the ambiance, the service, how well your food was paired with your beverage of choice and attention to detail when it comes to how food is served, are all factors that encourage people to frequent fine dining restaurants. 

We can’t deny it: everyone would love to dine at a gourmet restaurant, which is why Restaurant Week has become a popular annual event. 
This culinary affair is about encouraging people into experiencing fine dining at a  local gourmet restaurant. 

Participating fine dining establishments in the Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and The Winelands regions are currently offering their exquisite menus at discounted prices either for  lunch or dinner. 

The first-ever Restaurant Week edition was held in Amsterdam in 2001. After that, Restaurant Week has been organized bi-annually in amongst others: Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy and Singapore. Since its inception in South Africa five years ago, it has proven to awaken the South African foodie’s inner-epicure. “Every edition requires that we take things to the next level”, says the Head of Restaurant Week SA, Sonny Vriends.
Delicious food at 9th Avenue Bistro

When asked if more and more people are becoming receptive to the concept of Restaurant Week SA, Vriends adds, “Restaurant Week really is a people’s event, rather than a jury event. It’s bottom-up, not top-down. This reflects in the awards we hand out after each event: 

Best Restaurant and  Best Dish. 

We ask all participating diners to review and rate their experience on our website, and the restaurant with the highest overall rating scoops the award. Apart from this overall winner, we name the best restaurant of each region, also based on guest ratings.
For the Best Dish Award we ask guests to take a picture of a dish they really like during a Restaurant Week lunch or dinner, and upload it on social media using the #BestDish hashtag.

After the event we select 10 finalists, which can be voted on and the dish with the most votes wins the award. Without the people, there would be no Restaurant Week”

Starting with R150 for lunch and R250 for dinner (selected restaurants indicated with a with a star on the official website charge R50 extra per star), you too can be lavish on a budget.

The real-time booking system is now open on where you can peruse the participating restaurants’ reduced set-menu prices and decide which restaurant you would like to make a booking at. 

Unfortunately, you cannot book by liaising with the restaurant directly, as only bookings made through the official Restaurant Week booking system are valid. 

Once you have made a booking through the website, you will receive a confirmation of your booking via email, which you will need to bring with you to the selected restaurant.

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