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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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"Backs is probably the best best all round restaurant in paarl"
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"Back's is an all round sensory experience"
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"wonderful food fantastic their burgers 😋 service was outstanding"
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Reviewed 21 May 2021

My wife and I went to Backs in Paarl on 19th May 2021. I ordered a burger cooked medium. It arrived looking good from the outside but when I started eating it, found that it was totally raw inside. I tried to finish it but...the more I cut into it the worse it got. Also I asked for the chips to be crispy. Instead they were soft and pale. It seems that the restaurant just didn't care about what I asked for and just served everything the only way they know how. The waiter did not seem to be concerned that I did not get what I asked for. When I spoke to the manager, Garth, he did not seem to care and his only comment was that when I come back next time he will make sure it was better cooked. THERE WONT BE A NEXT TIME!!! Mistakes do happen but it's how management reacts that is important.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 2 May 2021 via mobile

During our drive to Paarl,my partner and I decided to stop for a bite to eat.We stopped at Backs Deli and Restuarant and were pleasantly surprised at the selection of food and light meals they had on offer.Unfortunately I was looking for a gluten free...option and decided on the pulled lamb salad which had a Moroccan flavor.They did not offer any gluten free bread as an option,but this is generally the norm in SA.My choice was really delicious. My partner had the Salmon open sandwich on a ciabatta. Which he also enjoyed but felt that the ciabatta was a little thin. At the table opposite us was a couple enjoying an deep fried flowered onion which looked extremely interesting.After discussing it with them I have decided to go back in the near future to try this extraordinary dish. I will definately recommend this interesting little hub to my friendsMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 27 December 2020 via mobile

Wow. Proper food, lovely atmosphere and the ouside seating makes it even beter. Best hake and chips in a long time and huge portions. Will definately be back

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 25 December 2020 via mobile

We had a wonderful meal at Back's Paarl. Hake and chips and pork belly are definite recommendations. Great creamy coffee and good service. A must if in search of good food.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 19 December 2020 via mobile

After a funeral we gathered for something light to eat and drink. Great food and love the hospitality. Nice place to shop as well - cheese/wine and breads. Just very very hot in there. But then again, it is Paarl!

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 22 November 2020

I’ve been to Backs several times and without fault always receive a warm welcome. Excellent COVID protocol. Breakfast is always super delicious. Extremely professional and well trained waiters.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 19 October 2020

We took a drive out to Paarl this weekend so we could try something different. We tried Backs restaurant on the main drag. It's a cheerful place with both indoor and outdoor seating, serving casual bistro food with a heavy emphasis on cheeses from Fairview....SALADE DE CHÈVRE CHAUD R95 - my choice Unfortunately the salad did not have the butternut roasted but rather tasteless cubes of butternut and ultimately the entire salad lacked flavour SLOW COOKED LAMB R85 Jeff's choice. The open pulled lamb sandwich was reasonable, although the presentation was terrible. We did glimpse the burgers and they looked outstanding! Seeing the rest of the food coming out of the kitchen there is a heavy reliance on cheese providing the flavour for the dishes and while this may work on a burger, it leaves a lot to be desired in a salad. We did mention the butternut and they did attend to it immediately without us asking them to. So 10/10 for service and listening to your clientele! Their staff were cheerful and attentive! The setting is charming and the prices are extremely reasonable. THE BLOOMING ONION R55 A huge onion deep-fried in a CBC beer batter with our secret dipping sauce This is their secret weapon and it's worth going there just to have the onion, delicious.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 1 September 2020

We went there for breakfast and coffee after a run. Our waitress, Sandra was so lovely and really made the place enjoyable. The coffee was also amazing and came in decent sized cups which is hard to find. Definitely a treasure in Paarl.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 26 July 2020 via mobile

Such a lovely place hidden in the main road of Paarl. Food was really amazing, it is so seldom that food doesn't need extra spice. Even the sausage was great. They have a beautiful little shop, well stocked. The smell of freshly baked bread. Brewery...coffee made me feel hungry Definitely worth a tripMore

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 10 June 2020

If you are looking for a great spot to grab breakfast in Paarl, then Back's is the place to go. The restaurant has both indoor as well as outdoor seating. We sat inside as it was a chilly morning but for a sunny day, sitting...outside under the trees would be nice. Our waitress was very friendly and as it was loadshedding (no power available during certain periods) she advised us to quickly order coffee, but that the food isn't an issue so we could still peruse the menu for a bit. The restaurant has such a relaxing atmosphere and the coffee was delicious. For breakfast I had their full breakfast and my wife went for their eggs benedict, which was presented beautifully in a frying pan which just adds to the style of the restaurant. They also have a shop at the restaurant that sells freshly baked breads and assorted items if you want to take some of what they have to offer home. We had a great time, felt refreshed and ready for the day, and I have heard good things about their other dishes so will definitely be back there for lunch or dinner in the future.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Back's - Paarl is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5