In an unconventional twist on traditional food awards, Food24 invited readers to nominate and vote for the nation’s most idiosyncratic eateries in the first-of-its-kind Quirky Restaurant Awards.
Judged on their sexy looks, celeb-magnetism, crazy curries or trendiest toilet, 60 restaurants from Jo’burg, the Mother City and Durbs were judged between January 26 and February 26, 2009.
Restaurants were nominated for four tongue-in-cheek categories. Voted for by 8500 Food24 readers, judging criteria were as strict as a head chef. The categories and corresponding winners were:
The Whoo-hoo-loo Award: Thomas Maxwell's offbeat outhouse stole the crown for the best royal throne. Fit for a king or queen, this Parkmore eatery took home the Who-hoo-loo award for its out there lavatory.
The Dish Award: With their bevy of they-must-be-models staff, stylish-as-a-movie-set Rhapsody's in Menlyn, Pretoria was the runaway winner.
The Chja Chja Chja Award: Inducing the most feverish of sweats, The Curry Palace in Ferndale was the undisputed Chja Chja Chja winner.
And last but certainly not least: The Paparazzi Award: The Mother City’s sunshine strip hang-out Caprice is where all the A-listers (and others with agents) party. Sharing its name with the luscious supermodel, this hottie scooped the Paparazzi prize.
Well done guys! Food24 salutes you.