Think scrumptious breakfasts, hot coffees, delicious scones, gooey cheese sandwiches, cheese platters, fondues and moreish lunches. The casual dining environment is generally always buzzing, easygoing and the food is light and fresh. Almost everything has a cheesy twist, from the delicious selection of fritattas to the scrambled eggs and eggs Benedicts to full-house breakfasts in the morning mix, to the wonderful array of all-day dining offerings.
Ensure that you try the grilled baby brie and the Welsh rarebit if you are a cheese lover – both are truly delicious. There’s a great selection of sandwiches, salads and even heartier meals including hamburgers. There are also platters to share for a tasting selection of local and imported cheeses, cold meats, preserves and pickles from the fabulous deli next door.
Diners with a sweet tooth should be sure to sample the fresh pastries and cakes, savouring with tea or a freshly brewed coffee from the friendly barrister.
Cheese gourmet is not licensed but does offer great coffee, teas, soft drinks and blended fruit drinks. They are happy for patrons to BYOB.
Simple, casual and easygoing ambience. The location is reasonably easy to find but parking can be tricky. The cheese shop adds a wonderful bit of character to the restaurant and one cannot resist spending time inside. The décor and shop fittings are simple but there is always a buzz in the establishment, whether from diners eating or sampling a coffee and slice of cake. It all adds to a lovely warm energy.
The staff at Cheese Gourmet are kind and easy-going. A little more attention to detail could be given to the restaurant service; however, in the deli the staff are incredible and the service is world-class. One may expect nothing less than the best delicatessen service and attention to detail.
Over and above the lovely food, Cheese Gourmet also has an utterly amazing cheese deli attached to the restaurant which will have any food lover buckling at the knees. The selection of both local and imported cheese, meats, olives and other preserves is literally mind-blowing and the staff are extremely knowledgeable and willing to share all kinds of information about their goods with enthusiastic patrons. One cannot leave without sampling product from around the world and purchasing at least a few tasty morsels!
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Essentially the most wonderful cheese shop in South Africa where advice and knowledge are a smile away, the add-on Cheese Café is a homely place in which to muse over your cheese purchases or meet friends for breakfasts, lunches or in-betweens. It needn’t always be cheese-food. There are enviably fluffy scones and lovely cakes. OK so there are always cheesecakes too. But all-day breakfast or brunch could be a more creamy version of Eggs Benedict, for instance, or a saucy flapjacks stack layered with good bacon, mushrooms and tomato. The frittatas are excellent and here it would be pity to forego one of the delicious cheese options like the perfectly molten brie one or the yummy gruyere plus mozzarella version.
Lunches feature fresh salads, with tikka chicken, tuna but the power chicken salad with cheese and all the accompaniments is a satisfier. So it is with the burgers, with or without cheeses and also platters for one or to share. They are ideal for tasting cheeses too. However, two of the nicest things require just a little forward planning, an hour while you cheese- and gift-browse next door with a friend (because you need to be at least two), for a real and excellent raclette meal or a just-right traditional cheese fondue pig-out.
Vegetarians and Banters have their meal dreams come true here too but we all find our delicious reasons to return.
The Cheese Café is not licensed but you are welcome to bring your wine or beer. All the more exciting soft drinks are available, a wide range of teas and mighty fine coffee. A treat is one of the fresh frulattas.
The café’s staff are capable and knowledgeable, assured in the knowledge that what they transport from the kitchen is good. The service is comfortably paced and easy. Relevant glasses are produced for the BYOs.
There’s nothing madly chic or designery about it but the ambience is the easy sort. The pictures are of cheese or dairy locations, bright and cheerful and the café is generally quite full of happy customers no matter what time it is.
The inter-leading shop purveying hundreds of handmade South African cheeses, many of them international and national prize winners, is the main attraction, naturally, but so are the wonderfully interesting pickles and accompaniments, chocolates, breads, biscuits of a very high standard. There are frozen meals in the fridges and a great new service is the ordering and monthly delivery of Skoonfontein Karoo lamb.
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This banting-friendly cheese shop is the perfect place to catch up with friends over delicious deli style fare. Their breakfast menu, which is served all day, is vast, with lots of variety. Their brie frittata topped with pitted olives and melted brie is a definite winner. Also try their Roma café platter, comprising of a selection of prosciutto, salmon pate, two cheeses, marinated aubergine and roasted tomatoes, served with a choice of normal or banting bread, for a light simple lunch. The lunch menu has a great selection of sandwiches, salads, cheese inspired dishes like raclette and fondue. The shop also has the best cheese in Johannesburg. They stock over 140 local and international cheeses, and will let you taste the cheese before buying.
The eatery does not have a liquor license but they do allow patrons to bring their own wine; they gladly will supply wine glasses.
The service is efficient and fast. The owner/manager is friendly and welcoming and will answer all questions regarding the cheeses. The servers understand the menu very well and are very knowledgeable. They are helpful without being overbearing.
Warm and cosy, like a that real neighbourhood café (where everybody knows your name). The décor is simple, homely and welcoming.
Do try their vast range of pickles, jams and delicious dried sausages. They also offer a wide range of cakes, including banting cakes.
I emailed them about getting some buffalo mozzarella and had a response within minutes! I am so excited to go and try all the different cheeses! The menu looks incredible!
Had an awesome Bastille Day dinner with French wines matched to each course. Well done Jo and Brian and Phillipe who added just enough French joi de vivre...great night out!
Absolutely great place! Fresh food, good prices and amazingly friendly staff! Will definitely come back again!