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.
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.
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.
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.
The view is amazing and the restaurant warm and comforting. There is an al fresco seating area for warmer days.
Drop in to the estate, even if only for a cup of coffee
Telephone Number: 021 863 5222
Open: lunch only Wednesday to Monday
Average main course: R132
Corkage: not listed
Food type: Contemporary
The Spice Route Restaurant is now called Bertus Basson at Spice Route
Take a look at what was previously posted on Lavender and Lime on July 10: