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île de païn

île de païn
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Cost
R55 - R135 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Bakery fare, Café fare, Coffee, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Charlotte Pregnolato

Best for indulging your body and soul in deliciousness.

Food
While Markus Farbinger, master baker, and Liezie Mulder, chef and writer, are dedicated to excellence in all areas they also, as Liezie writes in her cookbook, Anytime, "keep it simple, uncomplicated fun."

Liezie loves unexpected flavour combinations inspired by her travels, adding her own twists. A trip to Japan is behind a marvellous duck confit with Asian orange salad, steamed dumplings filled with spinach and mushrooms, and peanut-coconut sauce. The pizzaladière is a crispy flatbread with soft cheese, caramelised onion, kalamata olives and rocket. Breakfasts range from superfood smoothies, eggs just like you like them, to hearty dishes including a Mexican breakfast of tex-mex beans, poached egg, guacamole, salsa, cheddar, and sour cream - olé! Finish with apple strudel redolent of cinnamon, baked chocolate tart with a delicate crust, or light yoghurt tart "taj" with fresh berries.

Drinks
From swishy bubblies made for toasting to something great to go with your burger, this list has it all. Wines are selected primarily by taste and likability so expect a good range among the choices. Coffee and hot chocolate are off-the-charts delicious. Liezie's own rooibos chai, juices of the day, home-made lemonade and ciders are always on the menu.

Ambience
The spirited buzz of industry and good cheer greet you along with tempting smells from the bakery and kitchen. Guests gather around picnic tables on the tree-shaded patio or perch at bistro tables inside the two-storey restaurant. The mood is relaxed with details like beautiful natural flower displays. There's a dedicated counter for take-away offers coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, and salads.

Service
A big part of the uplifting experience here is the staff; smiles are abundant and contagious. The vibe may be casual but île de pain staff is never sloppy. Each dish is delivered precisely plated with pride and confidence.

(August 2018)

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