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The Bakery at Jordan

The Bakery at Jordan
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Bistro fare, Deli fare
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Jeanne Calitz

Food
Breakfast is a simple but delicious affair. You can go, as the menu says, “reasonably healthy” with the homemade granola with buffalo milk yogurt and poached and fresh seasonal fruits. Or, you can give the old arteries a workout with a serving of croque madame – cured ham, gruyère, fried egg and bechamel on brioche. A simple order of homemade bacon, fried eggs, and wood fired vine tomatoes certainly hits the spot, as does their well-poured coffees. The lunch menu is equally concise, but offers interesting and crowd-pleasing options like a corn and ginger broth with toasted sourdough, roasted hake with aubergine and zucchini capponata as well as some buffalo mozzarella, and a chalmar beef steak pie with pomme puree and mushy peas (chef George Jardine’s British origin was bound to show up somewhere!) If you’re in a sharing mood, there’s also a couple of generous platters.

Drinks
All the usual hot and cold drinks feature, and there’s the option of a couple of lovely (and well-priced!) MCC’s to accompany brunch. For lunch, the Jordan range of wines will serve you very well.

Service
Casual but competent. It gets quite busy on weekends, so don’t be fussed if you’re waiter can’t be hailed immediately, rather settle down and enjoy the relaxed nature of the experience.

Ambience
Lovely, inside and out. The bustling bakery’s interior makes for a festive experience, and outside, the deck offers relaxed seating and wonderful veiws over the lake and valley. Truly, there are worse places to spend a balmy Saturday.

And …
Keep an eye out for those baked treats as they come out of the oven – the breads are fabulous, as are the array of sweet treats and pastries to be enjoyed here or taken home for later enjoyment. The salted chocolate and caramel tart is positively sinful. – Jeanne Calitz

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  • Ishay Govender-Ypma

    Food 
    Adjacent to Jordan restaurant in Stellenbosch, and overlooking a lake and the terraced valley, you’ll find The Bakery. Owned by George Jardine and his wife, Louise, of Jordan Wine Estate, this bistro and bakery offers simple dining and a frequently changing menu. A deck is set out under the shade of trees for warmer weather, and the views are splendid. Children are catered for, and couples feel just as welcome if opt for a quiet table outdoors.

    The breakfast menu includes an indulgent croque madame with parma ham (sister restaurant Jordan has a reputation for serving its own charcuterie), with local gruyère cheese on tender brioche. At the same price point you can also opt for bacon with fried eggs, vine tomatoes and toast.

    The lunch menu includes a dish of the day, a soup, quiche, a seafood dish like hake and mussels, as well as platters of charcuterie, pickles and local cheeses or breads and dips. Classic, simple meals like beef lasagne and ham and cheese sandwiches are available for children, and they can burn it all up exploring outside. The desserts change frequently.

    Service 
    Service is friendly and unobtrusive.

    Drinks 
    The full range of Jordan wines, as well as a few local sparkling wines, craft beers, soft drinks and juices, are available. The orange juice may be fresh but isn’t freshly pressed on site.

    Ambience
    Plain wooden fold-up chairs and unadorned wooden counters don’t distract from the natural beauty beyond the glass doors. There’s a view of a cold room with smoked and cured meats hanging at the back. The vibe is laid-back; jeans and sneakers are welcome.

    And… 
    Pay a visit to the tasting room, order wine to take home and enjoy a bottle at The Bakery with your brunch or lunch. And don’t leave without some baked goods – the small brioche loaf and the honey and spelt bread are very good.

    (July 2014)

User reviews

  • I recently celebrated my birthday at the venue. It truly was a worry-free experience! Everyone involved from start to finish new exactly what was excepted of them and went over and above to deliver. The ambience was excellent - the team also made sure that we had a separate corner for ourselves to celebrate. Food - as always...top notch! Service - from custom made menu's for my guests, to quick and friendly, professional service ensured me that they were on top of everything. Thus making sure that my guests and I could relax and enjoy the festivities! According to our other guests - we will be celebrating a couple of birthdays this year at The Bakery at Jordan. Thank you again to everyone from the Jordan team
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  • This past weekend we went as a group of 6 adults to Jordan Wine Estate - primarily to taste their wines and test the ambience. The estate was tranquil and lovely (keeping in mind that we are still on the approach to peak wine-tasting season), but what really shone for us was the outstanding service we received. James, the bakery and hospitality manager, went out of his way to check on us, serve us and treat us with nuggets of extra knowledge of the farm, its varietals and the wine-making process of our favourites. (He even snuck in a sample of their increasingly popular barrel-fermented chardonnay - currently not for tasting - of which we immediately bought a case!) Tim, our sommelier was attentive and knowledgeable and offered us plenty of patience as we dawdled through the 6 wines of our choice and smashed a couple of cheese platters (...my goodness, that boerenkaas cheese though!) Post-tasting we made our way to the deck, where we savoured a spontaneous late lunch - of which the triple fried potato fries were overall crowd pleaser... of course. Overall, we were thoroughly impressed. I personally, have an ongoing love-affair with the Jordan chardonnay and have a new-found infatuation with their slightly wooded "Outlier" sauvignon blanc. I would spend another afternoon at the Jordan Estate in a heart-beat and can definitely recommend it as a summer-must do in the upcoming festive season. Make sure you book ahead of time! And beware of Pedro... the estate's unexpected timber-tease crocodile! ;)
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  • My parents took my three year old girl to lunch at The Bakery at Jordan. While eating a dog approached their table and bit her hand - this was very traumatic. I feel that it's unacceptable to allow dogs to run around if they are not child friendly.
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  • Had breakfast here last weekend and it was really amazing. Great food at a brilliant setting. Their Eggs Benedict known as poached and baked is awesome with the best ham ever. Not that dodgy stuff you get at some places
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  • I have been here a number of times. This for me is one of the best ways to spend a morning or afternoon in the whole of south africa.
    The venue is beautiful, where you sit overlooking a lake surrounded by weeping willows, where kids are running around on the grass.
    The food is exceptional. Simple and delicious. Platters of fresh made breads and cured meats from the farm, with homemade dips and preserves, from garlic aioli to preserved figs and a range in between.
    Then there are always dishes of the day from slow roasted rolled pork neck to fresh west coast line fish.
    Everything is exceptional quality, delicious and extremely affordable.
    If you have a family this is an unbelievable place to spend the day for all, young and old.
    Alternatively if you would like to have a good meal and leave feeling happy with life in general you should go too.

    NB: If you are fortunate enough to be around when chef George Jardine is having one of his saturday cooking glasses, you should grab hold of the opportunity. I have done 4 myself and cant express in words what an incredible experience it is. To learn a kitchen skills from undoubtedly one of the best chefs in africa, and have breakfast and lunch at on the most beautiful farms in the cape included, is just a priceless experience. (Sadly this is normally only during winter, but if you get a group of 8 together you can even organise your own classes)

    Do yourself a favour and go. And go now!
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  • Great place, great food, friendly service... but not kids friendly. Except for the lawn (which is a bummer if it rains) there is nothing that accommodates them.
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  • I have been to The Bakery at Jordan twice.The first time for a Saturday family lunch.The food was quite simply the best bistro style food that I have ever had!I had the meatballs in lentils which I have been dreaming about returning for ever since.My husband the hake in a pea and potato bake which he said was delicious.Everyone else commented on how tasty the food was.But the best was yet to come...a fig and frangipani tart!YUM!
    I returned the following week for a mid-week breakfast and the eggs Benedict was excellent.
    A great view and good service makes this a new favourite.Well done Jordan.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

Stores and Markets

Owner: George and Louise Jardine

Store categories
Delis and farm stalls

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