Neil Swart

Neil Swart

Current Chef and co-owner, Belly of the Beast
Born Pretoria
Training Hospitality Management at Capital Hotel School; Ritz Carlton in Florida; Hurst Campus (The Culinary Academy)
Work history Terroir (under chef Michael Broughton); founded Arugula Bistro (with chef-partner Anouchka Horn) in 2012; opened Belly of the Beast in 2018.
Inspiration “I take inspiration from wherever I can. It will come out of the blue when I’m driving, lying awake at night or having a good bottle of wine and brainstorming with Anouchka.”
Restaurants Belly of the Beast

Restaurants he rates in 2020

Best casual eatery Pizza Vesuvio
Best fine-dining restaurant Janse & Co
Best wine farm restaurant Overture
Best restaurant for speciality cuisine Hesheng Chinese Restaurant
Best new restaurant The Melting Pot Cafeteria
Best restaurant that’s stood the test of time The Foodbarn
Best spot to indulge your guilty pleasure Lefty’s
Best hole-in-the-wall  Sepial’s Kitchen
Best overall restaurant experience Janse & Co

Restaurants he rated in 2019

For a casual meal Pizza Vesuvio
For a special occasion The Shortmarket Club
For a guilty pleasure New York Bagels; Junior Burger
For a Winelands experience Overture; Diemersdal
For authentic cuisine Thali
Best new restaurant FYN
Best “oldie but goodie” Terroir Restaurant
The best restaurant overall La Colombe