Bertus Basson at Spice Route

One of SA's top chefs, Bertus Basson, will be taking over the Spice Route restaurant in the winelands.

05 Dec 2014

Spice Route is thrilled to officially welcome the latest addition to the Spice Route Destination family of highly skilled artisanal producers, renowned celebrity chef, Bertus Basson. Bertus along with his business partner Alistaire Lawrence will be taking over the Spice Route Restaurant from Sunday the 1st of February 2015. The restaurant will be called Bertus Basson at Spice Route.

“We are delighted to have Bertus on board with us, his food philosophy ties in perfectly with the Spice Route Destination’s and adds even more value to our unique winelands offering,” says Spice Route Destination Owner, Charles Back.

“I believe Spice Route is located in one of the most beautiful settings in the Western Cape and with such amazing offerings, I am beyond excited to join this picturesque destination and to work closely and collaborate with the other artisanal producers, such as the Cape Brewing Company, DV chocolate and Wilderer’s grappa,” says Bertus.


Offering a small array of dishes, 14 in total, the menu is made-up of traditional South African meals with a modernized twist. Bertus and Alistaire will largely focus on catering for families. Guests can look forward to dishes made from Bertus and Alistaire’s family recipe’s such as, ‘Ouma Jossies baked tongue with slaphakskeentjies and organic beetroot’ and ‘Tannie Hetta’s apple pie, Mom’s recipe, custard and vanilla ice cream’. From the 1st of February the restaurant will only offer lunch, and then from end of February a breakfast menu will introduced.


Bertus’s wife, Mareli Basson is currently working on the decor and design of the restaurant, which is said to have a strong South African focus, incorporating well-known South African icons, painting and artwork depicting and celebrating our heritage.

Visitors can look forward to enjoying their meals not just inside the restaurant but on the stoep and manicured lawns where they will be able to fully embrace the beautiful natural surroundings of the Paarl Winelands.


Reservations have already started pouring in, to book your seat email A special group / events menu is available on request.

For more information on Spice Route Destination offerings contact our concierge desk on 021 863 5200, visit or keep up with the latest news from the farm on Facebook and Twitter.

- Cathrine Shone

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