6. Overture (Stellenbosch)
Bertus Basson is back in the Top 10, thanks to his laid-back and seemingly effortless excellence. The chef continues to be a force to be reckoned with on the Cape culinary scene, with his fine food served in a deceptively laid-back manner.
The wheels turn effortlessly: rustic plates are imaginatively presented, with knockout flavours and memorable moments – just ask the fans who flock here.
The three-course menu commences with irresistible bread and four mini starters, which could play on olive butter, intense dried black olives, hot-smoked cabbage with celeriac and miso.
Highlights are farmyard vegetable terrine with home-cured mustard; sirloin and short rib with roasted cauliflower and gremolata; and a pre-dessert of velvety chocolate mousse with guava and custard, passion-fruit, tapioca and coconut sorbet.