11/01/2018 14:44 GMT | Updated 11/01/2018 14:45 GMT

The 8 Hottest South African Food Trends In 2018

People are looking for simpler, accessible, more cost-effective fine dining.

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Pomodoro sauce with seafood.

Simpler and cost-effective fine dining and Middle Eastern food influences are some of the top trends we can expect to see in the country's culinary scene in 2018.

For Eat Out, food blogger Kate Liquorish spoke to a few culinary experts and gleaned these food trends to look out for:

1. Ramen and sea greens –– their popularity and accessibility are growing

2. Simpler, accessible, cost-effective fine dining

3. Middle Eastern food influences

4. Lighter dishes and less alcohol

#summervibes #lowalcohol #homebrew #sangria

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5. Provenance and root-to-stem cooking

6. Interesting ways to save water while cooking in a drought

Yay veggies #broccoli #carrots #steameddinner #yummy

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7. More bubbly and unwooded chardonnays

8. Rum is the next big thing in hipster alcohol circles