Neil Swart

Neil Swart

Born and raised in Pretoria. Studied hospitality management, and worked the floor at the Ritz Carlton in Florida. Attended Hurst Campus (The Culinary Academy) in Paarl. Worked under chef Michael Broughton at Terroir. Founded Arugula Bistro with chef-partner Anouchka Horn in 2012. In 2018, they sold Arugula Bistro and founded Belly of the Beast, a 20-seater nose-to-tail eatery that offers a seasonal tasting menu, utilising meat sourced from ethically reared animals.

Current Chef and co-owner of Belly of the Beast

Restaurants he rates in 2019

For a casual meal Pizza Vesuvio at the Tygervalley Waterfront for the best pizza in the country by a long shot. The seafood pizza is a must. We’ll drive from town to the northern suburbs anytime.
For a special occasion As part of my honeymoon, we went to The Shortmarket Club. Later we took our whole team there for lunch to show them how it’s done.
For a guilty pleasure Chicken schnitzel bagel from New York Bagels in Harrington Street. Junior Burger is a close second.
For a Winelands experience Overture is my favourite, you can’t beat the combination of scenery, service and food. Diemersdal is Anouchka’s favourite.
For authentic cuisine Thali, Thali, Thali. We both love Thali, and recommend it to a ton of people. Amazing flavours and cocktails. We’ve always left there feeling very satisfied.
Best new restaurant We haven’t been yet, but FYN looks like it should not be missed.
Best “oldie but goodie” We both trained at Terroir Restaurant. We’ve only ever had great meals there and will keep going back for more.
The best restaurant overall Celebrating the opening of Belly of the Beast, we went to La Colombe for a lunch. Overall, everything was amazing. The service, food and vibe was all an awesome experience.


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Time of publication: 25 February 2019