Welcome to the 6th Annual RASA Rosetta Awards 2012
OUR MC & ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE EVENING IS …
RASA Rosetta Award It is an award presented for service - All Nominees in ALL the Categories are winners of the RASA Rosetta Award for Service Excellence Is an award given to restaurants that strive for service excellence in the restaurant industry. It is recognition of the highest honors for service excellence & overall contribution to the upliftment of the restaurant industry
Category Winners - SA's Top 100 Award Winners BEST IN CLASS • Best Family Restaurant • Best Café Style Restaurant • Best Elegant Restaurant • Best Coffee Shop • Best Take Away Outlet • Best Country Restaurant • Best Restaurant in the Table Service & Waitering • Best International / Alternative / Experiential Restaurant • Best Sit Down Restaurant • Best Fine Dining Restaurant • RASA’s Best Newly Opened Restaurant 2012 • Chairman’s Award & Top Performer • Best Franchise Group • Best Supplier • RASA’s BEST RESTAURANT 2012
Best Family Restaurant 2012 Nominees • PRIMI PIATTI FOURWAYS • SMITH AND WOLLENSKY • TSG • MIKES KITCHEN FLORIDA • COCO BONGO • OCEAN BASKET NORTHGATE • TONY’S SPAGHETTI GRILL • TURN ‘N TENDER
AND THE WINNER IS... Turn n Tender was founded on the 1st of April 1977 by the four Aaron brothers, Mervyn, Steven, Howard and Brian. Our first shop was situated in Greenside, we then opened Balfour Park. In November 1982, Turn n Tender Braamfontein was opened and soon became the flagship of the Turn n Tender group. For many people the Braamfontein store was considered to be an institution and you will always get people telling you about their experiences there. After selling the property in Braamfontein in 2003, The Mini Tender Steak Boutique was launched in Emmarentia. Even with the name change, this particular store soon became famous in its own right.
Best Cafe Style Restaurant 2012 Nominees • PUNCHINELLO’S RESTAURANT • MONDIVINO • THE KITCHEN BAR • BEEFCAKES • CAFÉ CULTURE • TOKYO STAR • COFI BROOKLYN • THE MET GRILL LOUNGE AND BAR • SCUSI BISTRO
AND THE WINNER IS... Dine in style and elegance at this Venice-inspired restaurant, which brings flair to the Montecasino Entertainment Complex. Punchinello’s Restaurant offers Venetian cuisine and a variety of wonderful dishes using the flavours of the Mediterranean as the inspiration with an emphasis on freshness of ingredients and simplicity in the recipe preparation and presentation.
Best Elegant Restaurant 2012 Nominees • THE MARION ON NICOL • CASALINGA • SIGNATURE • PIGALLE • FIRE AND ICE • HARTFORD HOUSE • THE ROUND HOUSE • BLUE FEATHER • KREAM
AND THE WINNER IS... Blue Feather, a fine dining restaurant and bistro, is the newest addition to Andrew Anderson’s group of companies. This exquisite new eatery, located in the heart of Midrand, is set to become the ‘talk of the town’. The theatre-styled kitchen produces a 7-course menu that will take your taste buds on a journey of enlightenment. Executive Chef, Mitch Clark, has worked in the kitchens of world renowned chefs and has cooked for some of the most discerning guests. Mitch, supported by his Pastry Chef James, has food-pairing down to a fine art. The ambiance is enhanced by subdued lighting, unobtrusive background music, and the sound of the many cascading water features.
Best Coffee Shop 2012 Nominees • DOPPIO ZERO SANDTON CITY • THYME ON NICOL • LIFE GRANDE CAFÉ - HYDEPARK • BEAN THERE COFFEE • VIDA E CAFFE • JUNIPAS • THE PATISSERIE • TASHAS - HYDE PARK • TASHAS NICOLWAY • WEISENHOF LANSERIA
AND THE WINNER IS... Thyme on the Nicol
Best Take away Outlet 2012 Nominees • SUGO ROSSO • PHAT PANDA ILLOVO • YUNIQUE CHINESE RESTAURANT • VIDA e CAFFE PARKTOWN • ILLY – AIRPORT • ANDICCIO 24
AND THE WINNER IS... Illy Go! was opened in June 2010 and is situated in the International Arrivals terminal of the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. This express style establishment was opened with the goal to delight consumers worldwide with excellent coffee and an extrodinary experience involving sense and spirit. To foster the development and the global culture of espresso following a single path , from bean to cup, where the best product is combined with knowledge and a continuously re interpreted tradition. Some culinary features are: Fresh sandwiches Innovative bagels and wrapps Croissants Muffins Delectable Cup cakes
Best Country Restaurant 2012 Nominees • CENTRAL COUNTRY LODGE • ROOTS AT FORUM HOMINI • THE CRADLE RESTAURANT • THE WINDMILL RESTAURANT • KLOOFZICHT LODGE & BALATA • THE PHATT CHEF CLARENS • DA VINCENZO COUNTRY RESTAURANT • THE POSTHOUSE GREYTON • TRES JOLIE
AND THE WINNER IS... The Post House Restaurant offers hotel guests and visitors to Greyton delicious breakfasts, Pub lunches, speciality hot beverages and scrumptious Country Cuisine for dinner.We believe that a kitchen should use produce that is seasonal And locally sourced and thus the idea to change the menu during Summer and Winter months.Our restaurant and pub are fully licenced and booking is recommended on weekends.Should you have any dietary requirements, please let us know prior to your arrival so that we can ensure the best possible eating experience for you.Come and enjoy a drink at The Post House Country Pub where we have a big screen TV for sports viewing and a cozy lounge with a fireplace to keep you warm in Winter. We also have an extensive Whiskey collection.
Best Restaurant in Table Service & Waitering 2012 Nominees • THOMAS MAXWELL BISTRO • AFRICA PRIDE RESTAURANT • SALVATION CAFÉ • TH RESTAURANTS • DORADO’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT • NEWS CAFÉ AIRPORT • TASHAS MORNINGSIDE
AND THE WINNER IS... tashas has successfully introduced a new, boutique cafe experience, which has a unique signature style and a point of differentiation from the existing, globalised, franchised model. It has an energetic identity with an international flair, within a local environment. tashas is a warm, comfortable, light, easy, breezy space that enhances the delightful dining experience, excellent service, brand trust and loyalty. t captures a fresh spin on the traditional ‘coffee shop’ experience. tashas is a dynamic sensual journey of flavour set in lush interiors. It represents the lifestyle aspirations of urbane and cosmopolitan guests. It is the successful marriage of tastes and design aesthetics, which enhances the authentic flavour and delightful eating experience which is the celebration of the tashas concept. Every plate of food is made with the freshest ingredients and prepared on order, giving this coffee shop haven the true status of a five star quality restaurant.
Best International / Alternative / Experential Restaurant 2012 Nominees • THAVA • BISMILLAH • NAMASTE • SAI THAI • MO-ZAM-BIK • KOI • SAKHUMZI • THE RAJ • MORALENG • PLAKA • MEZEPOLI
AND THE WINNER IS... Koi (jap.) meaning - ‘Come, Love, Fish’Welcome to Koi Restaurants, the leader in contempory Asian Cuisine. At Koi we strive to bring you the latest in Asian trends mixed with our own touch of Western style in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. KOI’s unrivalled Japanese and Chinese Chefs prepare meals with originality and great flare, making KOI not only celebrated, but legendary for its innovative cuisine.
Best Sit Down Restaurant 2012 Nominees • BOTTEGA CAFÉ • THE BULL RUN RESTAURANT • LA CUCINA DI CIRO • RITROVO RESTAURANT • CORNUTI RESTAURANT • THE GOD FATHER • BLONDIES KITCHEN • LUCA’S PIZZERIA • GILES RESTAURANT
AND THE WINNER IS... With a play on words the sign on the door says “Ciropractor - Taste bud manipulation and stimulation”. This is precisely what Ciro Molinaro has been doing for the last 10 years with lots of passion and enthusiasm, but no fuss or pretence. Besides his excellent culinary skills, Ciro is also an engaging and charming host and the restaurant exudes an old fashion charm with its soft painted walls, assortment of wrought iron chandeliers and window seating with lots of plump cushions. The open plan kitchen with its array of gleaming saucepans, maybe compact, but it is a hive of activity with Ciro at the helm.
Best Fine Dining Restaurant 2012 Nominees • THE SAXON • ALLORA • HEMMINGWAY’S RESTAURANT • BROWNS OF RIVONIA • PICCOLO MONDO • PROSOPA • VIVACE • LE SOUFFLE FRENCH CAFÉ • THE QUARTERS HOTEL
AND THE WINNER IS... Discerning diners relish in superb fine dining cuisine enrobed in relaxed ambiance and elegant décor feasting on classic cuisine infused with modern style, perfectly prepared to perfection. Housed inside the mesmerising Michelango Hotel, Piccola Mondo proudly holds membership of the esteemed Chaine de Rostiesseurs, a dedicated society that nurtures fine dining. Dressed in palates of gold and bronze wrapped in an era of Italian Renaissance and classical elegance, diners enjoy stylish and graceful surrounds complimented by decadent cuisine in the heart of Sandton, West Street.
The Chairmans Award & RASA's Top performer Award THE CORNER CAFÉ AND BISTRO What started as a little hole in the wall Cafe eight years ago has doubled in size twice, won Best of Joburg’s Best neighbourhood restaurant two years running & somehow has maintained the intimacy the early Cafe days.Cnr Cafe has a concise bistro style menu
SA'S Best Franchise Restaurant Group 2012 Nominees • SPUR • OCEAN BASKET • NEWS CAFE • TASHAS • VIDA E CAFFE • DOPPIO ZERO • SCOOTERS • OLD FASHIONED FISH & CHIPS / CHINGOS • (TRADITIONAL BRANDS )
Best Newly Opened Restaurant of the Year 2012 runners up • RED RABBIT FRENCH GRILL • LICORISH BISTRO • TASHAS NICOLWAY • THE FOUNDRY • CUBE TASTING KITCHEN • MORRISON & CO
Licorish is owned by Jacques Fourie and Aki Hadjipetros, both of whom have travelled extensively to combine their knowledge of food, flavours and wine. Jacques Fourie is also the executive chef and is actively involved in the conceptualisation and delivery of the menu. Licorish bistro’s menu is a unification of contempory classics and modern South African with a strong Cape Malay influence. Bredies, Boboties and sosaties are some the flavours that are incorporated into Jacques dishes to create a unique and flavoursome meal.
Best Supplier of the Year 2012 Nominees • HULETTS • SOUTH AFRICAN BREWERIES • PARMALAT • AON • MICROS • SURESWIPE • EGOLIGAS • NU LAID (PIONEER FOODS) • RETAIL CAPITAL
Best Restaurant of the Year 2012 runners up • RESTAURANT MOSAIC AT THE ORIENT • BICE • BUTCHER BLOCK EXECUTIVE GRILL • THE TASTING ROOM • CAFÉ 41 • TOKARA