Bertus Basson on Cape Town

Overture restaurant’s award-winning chef and owner, 35, on the best burgers, coffee and dumplings in Cape Town.

I was born in Cape Town, and raised between Polokwane, Witbank and Nelspruit.

Cape Town is definitely the most beautiful city in the world, with the most diverse culture and food – you can have something different everyday but still feel like you are in Cape Town.

When out-of-towners come to town, I invite them to my stoep for a braai for a truly South African experience. I also take them to South China Dim Sum Bar on Long Street because Ed [owner Edmund Hung] has something very unique going – awesome vibe, great cooking.

The best restaurant meal I’ve eaten recently was at Rust en Vrede – incredible! John [Shuttleworth] made the most amazing marron and celeriac dish. I also had the most phenomenal sweet-bread dish at The Test Kitchen.

My other favourite restaurants are Schoon de Companje – I have the Portuguese custard tart for breakfast; Clarke’s on Bree Street for the ultimate cheeseburger; and Jordan Restaurant & Bakery – anything George Jardine cooks is always the business!

Time is usually tight, so I find it difficult to attend events, but concerts and music shows are high on my list.

My favourite weekend getaway is Old Mac Daddy in Elgin. It’s a chilled spot in the beautiful Elgin valley with really awesome Airstream trailers hidden away in the forest. It’s just a great place to have a time out with my wife, and there are super wine farms to visit in the area.

On my bucket list to still do in the Cape is a road trip to “Die Hel” (The Hell) just outside of Prins Albert. I’d also like to go tuna-fishing at some point, and the mountain is always on the list – I dig it.

The best coffee in Stellenbosch is from Overture – we serve Truth Coffee. But if you can’t make it here, then I’d definitely suggest popping down to Schoon de Companje – they have their own local blend.

The best walk in my area is in the vineyards right next door to our house – incredibly beautiful, and the dogs dig to walk there.

The Banting diet has helped a lot of people to eat more healthily and get their eating habits back on track, however, I have a love affair with bread and pasta, so that tells you where I’m at.

A good red wine for a special occasion is always a bottle of pinot noir. I like the fact that South African red wine is so diverse from region to region.

The three characteristics every good chef should have are patience, determination and a sense of humour.

I am currently working on an exciting new project in the winelands, but more about that later – watch this space!

On Sundays I like to take my dogs for a walk with [my wife] Mareli.

Money is easy to make, also very easy to lose, but is not necessary to be happy!

Straight after this, I’m starting my next service with a full restaurant.

When I wake up in the middle of the night – and it’s before 3am – I usually have a whiskey to help me fall back asleep.

One day I’d like to take a sabbatical and spend six months in the Karoo.

Chef Bertus Basson is the owner and chef at Overture, which was one of Eat Out’s Top 10 Restaurants 2014. Overture is situated on Hidden Valley wine estate.

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Time of publication: 12 March 2015

One Response to “Bertus Basson on Cape Town”

  1. Gill Clarke

    My daughter has to do an assignment on Bertus Basson. We cant find much history on him such as when he was born?