Chefs Warehouse maestro Liam Tomlin joins forces with charcuterie whizz Neil Jewell and baker extraordinaire Tina Jewell to open a farm-to-table eatery in the Paarl Winelands.
What do you get when two culinary legends, with decades of experience between them, team up and open a restaurant? Something rather special, we’d say – especially when the chefs in question are Liam Tomlin (Chefs Warehouse) and Neil Jewell (Bread & Wine at Môreson), who are set to unveil their farm-to-table restaurant, Jewells at Spice Route in Paarl.
For those new to the Cape Town foodscape, Liam is famously the name behind the Chefs Warehouse group, which includes Chefs Warehouse & Canteen on Bree Street, Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, Indian tapas restaurant Thali, and Chefs Warehouse at Maison in Franschhoek. The fact that his three latest openings have been in the Winelands (Constantia, Franschhoek and now Paarl) – indicates a predilection for the country. One has to wonder if Stellenbosch or Somerset West is next…
Joining them in this enterprise is Neil’s wife Tina, whose bread-baking skills (and the resultant creations) are just part of the reason why Bread & Wine continues to draw crowds after 19 years. The three of them form a triumvirate so powerful, men in togas keep turning up, offering to put them in charge of the Roman Senate.
Fresh from the farm
The restaurant has taken over the space formerly occupied by Bertus Basson at Spice Route and is set to open around May 2019. As you’d expect, only the best-quality ingredients will be used in the dishes: vegetables and herbs from Spice Route’s surrounding farmland, and organic Red Angus beef from Charles Back’s herd.
The winelist will comprise a Spice Route selection, including a new range of natural wines, produced in clay vats from Georgia, Europe (one of the world’s oldest wine-producing regions).
With three talented chefs at the helm, a beautiful winelands location, and farm-fresh produce – we’ve no doubt Jewells will shine bright like a diamond.