Spice Route Restaurant, Paarl

Set on a large estate in Suider Agter Paarl, the Spice Route Restaurant is one of many dining establishments to be found at Spice Route Winery. Here you can expect the finer experience with a 2 course set menu costing R165 and a 3 course set menu costing R185.

A Selection Of Breads at Spice Route Restaurant
A Selection Of Breads
Food

The menu includes a wine recommendation for each dish. Daily specials are available and are well described by the waitress. Our meal began with an amuse of lamb quiche with a carrot and ginger coulis that was cold and not very exciting. We were brought bread and the walnut bread was lovely. There was also a choice of ciabatta and seed loaf which I did not try. The bread was served with white rock cheese and cranberry dip which was too sweet for me. I had the Asian braised Groeneveld duck legs, steamed in a boa bun, set on wilted pak choi and bean sprout sauté, served with a smoky teriyaki sauce as my main course (R132).The meal was very tasty and the duck was soft and the bun really good. It ticked the boxes for taste and texture. The vegetables were crunchy and the sauce complemented the dish – it was spicy but not hot.

Lamb Quiche With A Carrot And Ginger Coulis at Spice Route Restaurant
Lamb Quiche With A Carrot And Ginger Coulis
Wine and Alcohol

Other than the wine list you can choose from Wilderer Grappa and the Cape Brewing Company which are on site and worth a visit. Jack Black beer is also available on tap. Wines are sold per bottle or per glass and are all house wines and well priced.

Service

There is room for improvement in the speed of the service and in knowing to only clear the plates away once all the diners have completed their meals. Our waitress was pleasant and friendly, and knew the menu.

Ambiance

The view is amazing and the restaurant warm and comforting. There is an al fresco seating area for warmer days.

And…

Drop in to the estate, even if only for a cup of coffee

Asian Braised Groeneveld Duck Legs at Spice Route Restaurant
Asian Braised Groeneveld Duck Legs

Telephone Number: 021 863 5222

Open: lunch only Wednesday to Monday

Average main course: R132

Corkage: not listed

Food type: Contemporary

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6 thoughts on “Spice Route Restaurant, Paarl

  1. Great review!

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    1. thank you!

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  2. That duck dish sounds lovely! 😀 And it’s nice to be able to go to a place with a nice view even if just for coffee 🙂
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    1. The whole place is amazing and I cannot wait to go back and share more parts of it with you 🙂

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  3. SOunds like a tasty restaurant!
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    1. The food was very good Joanne 🙂

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