I mentioned in the September newsletter that Jardine Restaurant had opened a bakery. I don’t often get a chance to try places in town which are only open in the week as I don’t work in town. However this week I had to get my passports renewed (Home Affairs wasn’t as bad as one might expect), so I visited the Jardine bakery on two consecutive mornings.
It was very different from what I expected. I had pictured a coffee shop with bakery attached but it’s more like the coffee counter at Giovanni’s in Greenpoint. The bakery is very small and the front is a counter which you access from the pavement. There are a couple of tables and chairs on the pavement for those wishing to consume their purchases there. It’s quite unusual but I like it. Because it’s a small bakery (or maybe there is another reason, I am just assuming) they produce certain things at certain times. So croissants come out first for the breakfast crowd (bacon, almond or plain) along with some other pastries and muffins. You can see them working on the breads while you are buying your coffee. The coffee is really good and is served with a biscuit, although I prefer the dark chocolate that Vida e Caffe provides with their coffee.
Sandwiches are available from about 10am (once the breads are ready). Apparently they are famous for their pies, which are available from about 12:30, making them a good lunch option (Knead at Wembley Square also makes great pies). I actually saw a Jardine stand at the Salt River market last week with pies on offer. Next time I will be sure to try one.
I enjoyed my little visits to town, our CBD really has character. It’s clean and has a nice vibe. Another reason to be proud of Cape Town.
Cnr Bree and Bloem Streets
Tel: 021 424 5644