Legendary chefs Craig Cormach and Beau du Toit are cooking up something special for the Western Cape. The two are set to open a new restaurant on 13 December in scenic Elgin Valley, spearheaded by expert wine farm chef, Mechell Spann.

SALT at Paul Cluver will offer the ideal culinary partnership with Paul Cluver Wines, home to some of South Africa’s finest. The perfect pairing was the result of Craig and Beau’s passion for delicious food and exceptional wines. Craig and Beau said they’re focusing on creating something different for wine country.

“This was the perfect opportunity for us to grow the SALT experience, and the Cluvers presented us with the most amazing venue to work with. It was a match made in culinary heaven. With Beau and myself guiding our new shining star, Mechell Spann, we believe that SALT at Paul Cluver will be a great success,” said Craig.

“Although we are in the infancy stages of this exciting journey our focus is to make Paul Cluver Wines the first wine, salt and food pairing experience.”

Open for breakfast and lunch, the menu flaunts wholesome meals with an unexpected twist. Keep is classic with popular breakfast dishes like free range eggs with home-cured bacon – or indulge in Banana Cream Pie for your morning meal, just because.

SALT Paul Cluver Elgin

Lunch brings a treat for the tastebuds with plum fed pork with salt and pepper squid, or an oyster mushroom farfalle for something less meaty. Dessert is not to be missed with the likes of hot waffles, fudge ice cream and maple syrup to sweeten up anyone’s afternoon.

“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 Beau. “It’s about keeping it real.”

The third piece to the dynamic culinary puzzle, 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.”

SALT at Paul Cluver will be open from Tuesday to Sunday 8:30 am – 4:30pm. Pre-booking is recommended. The restaurant will be closed on 25 and 26 December, as well as 1 January 2018.

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