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Cheese Gourmet
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Cost
R70 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine, Quick meals
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Deli fare, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No charge

Critic's review

Kholeka Kumalo

One of the best cheese shops in the city has an adjacent coffee shop with the cheesiest meals in the hood.

Food
As the name suggests, cheesy goodness is a regular feature in most of the dishes. There are lots of vegetarian options, marked V, and any dish marked with a B can be requested as a banting meal. Cheese Gourmet serves familiar café fare and is a convenient spot for something simple and light. If you can’t resist eggs with a side of dairy, try the cheese duo frittata, topped with gruyère and mozzarella, or trout scramble with a large dollop of crème fraîche and capers on top of your scrambled eggs.

Quick and easy meals include a cheeza treat – spicy chorizo, artichoke and olives on rye bread, covered in cheese sauce. There’s also the fungi trio, which is served on half a panini with mushrooms and a trio of cheese or grilled baby camembert. It comes topped with a fig-and-onion compote and a side salad. For something more filling, choose from the sandwich bar, burgers or platters made using South African cheeses and served with bread, pickles and homemade chili jam.

Finish it all off with a fat slice of cake from the cake table – there’s chocolate, carrot, baked cheesecake, baklava cheesecake or apple-and-cranberry tart.

Drinks
It’s a coffee shop, after all, with the usual hot beverages like coffee and tea. They do make a rather good cappuccino. They don’t serve alcohol, but you’re welcome to bring your own at no extra charge.

Service
Friendly and very accommodating. Let them know if you’re in a rush and they’ll point you in the direction of dishes with a shorter waiting time.

Ambience
It’s an unfussy, unpretentious coffee shop that’s likely to become your regular haunt if you live close by. It’s a popular spot with indoor and outdoor seating, but the latter is hard to come by, even when it’s cold.

And…
The cheese deli attached to the restaurant is the Cheese Gourmet’s biggest claim to fame and stocks over 150 cheeses, along with preserves, cold meats, olives, pickles, chutney and breads. Here you’ll find every type of cheese that you can and can’t imagine.

Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our full editorial policy here

(August 2018)

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  • Jodi-Ann Pearton

    Food
    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.

    Drinks
    Cheese gourmet is not licensed but does offer great coffee, teas, soft drinks and blended fruit drinks. They are happy for patrons to BYOB.

    Ambience
    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.

    Service
    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.

    And…
    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!

    (October 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our full editorial policy here.

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Menu

Set menu - No menu available.

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dog-friendly
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian

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