I took a drive through the scenic valley of the Elgin Wine Route, about an hour’s drive out of Cape Town, to attend the re-launch of SALT at Paul Cluver Wines. The restaurant has undergone some major renovations since originally opening in December 2017. SALT at Paul Cluver Wines is now able to seat more people than ever before, in a minimalist setting that is both modern and refined.
Chef duo Craig Cormack and Beau du Toit, with Mechell Spann at the helm, represent a match made in heaven for food and wine enthusiasts. Every dish and even the dessert includes one of the 145 different salts which have been sourced from around the world. Four of these salts were displayed on the table (including the base on which three sit on) for guests to experience. I was particularly enthralled to taste the black volcano salt and less so much the fondly named “poep” salt which smelt strongly of rotting egg – an interesting one to pair with salads and Sauvignon Blanc.
“Our ‘SALT’ philosophy is to have an authentic approach which means using only the best ingredients to cook honest, no fuss, but tasty food, ‘’ says Craig. “It’s about keeping it real.”
Chef Mechell adds, “Made with the best and simplest of ingredients we turn our dishes into absolute wonders, which you would come to expect from an award-winning farm. In the kitchen, we have no limits when it comes to creating the perfect dish. Cooked and prepared in the correct way where each food offering is able to speak for itself. The restaurant promises a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy great food and superb wines.”
Dishes start from R295 for two courses and R350 for three courses. If you are visiting with the kids, SALT at Paul Cluver will also be launching gourmet picnics which you can enjoy on the lawn. Open for breakfast and lunch the menu celebrates elements of wholesome meals, with a twist. Expect some popular breakfast dishes with one or two unusual offerings.
Especially during the summer months, I would recommend that you book a spot on the shaded patio area, which overlooks the garden and pond. In winter, the interior boasts a roaring fireplace and large windows that give a sense of being in nature, without the uncomfortable elements of wind and cold conditions.
The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday (8:30am to 4:30pm), and pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
For more information or to book contact 021 844 0012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.