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Jason Bakery on Bree

Jason Bakery on Bree
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Cost
R75 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine, Quick meals
Food
Bistro fare, Deli fare
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Seth Shezi

Food

Even if the famed bacon croissants don't sink your sub, Jason Bakery is still a must-visit spot on the culinary street of Bree. Owner Jason Lilley is deeply passionate about baking and open for breakfast and lunch, offering a wide variety of savoury and sweet farinaceous treats. No matter what’s calling your name – be it a buttery Kick Ass Pie of the day; a crisp quinoa salad with orange, toasted almonds and dates; or an infamous Saturday morning doughssant – Jason is sure to have the baked good to hit the proverbial spot.

For brekkie try the Challah French toast with roasted apple and mascarpone vanilla crème – a sinfully sweet start to the day – and for lunch go for the Killer Grilled Cheese with Colby cheddar and Boerenkaas. It’s toastie heaven! The Cuban with pulled pork, emmental, hickory ham and gherkins is perfect for the glutton in all of us and, on the sweet side of life, the lip-smacking triumphs like the carrot cake cheesecake and the creamily caramelised pasteis de nata are testaments to Jason Bakery’s fan following and the reason why we don’t mind queuing around the block for our next hit of confectionary bliss.

Drinks

Ths is an ideal place for a smash-and-grab takeaway coffee and croissant – the brew at Jason is uber popular and the flat whites are churned out fast! A wide selection of teas and fresh juices are also available alongside a humble wine menu but, really, what Captain Bread (owner Jason Lily’s nickname) most wants you to do is feast on a sourdough Reuben with a craft beer in hand and truly get into the down-to-earth spirit of things.

Service

Service at Jason’s is great – they are consistent and attentive despite the oftentimes overcrowded floor area and mass influx of customers joining in the bun-fight!

Ambience

The space itself is a cool, contemporary corner shop clad in wood with simple yet modern furnishings. There is limited inside seating but ample outside space for those glorious sunny days or crisp mornings. Beware, it’s a tug of war on Saturday mornings with people in a craze for the doughssant but, even with the chaos, you can’t help but somehow enjoy getting lost in the bustling mix of Cape Town’s enthused clientele.

And…

If getting something particular is high on your pastry list then get to Jason’s earlier rather than later as they tend to sell out fast!

(August 2017)

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  • Zola Nene

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    Famed for its amazing pastries, Jason on Bree is a Cape Town foodie institution. Breakfast highlights include the toasted homemade sourdough bread with a selection of toppings, such as bacon, chorizo, salmon and avocado. The delicious, flaky, buttery croissants served with seasonal jam is a must to accompany a morning cup of their superb coffee, or try one of the flavoured croissant variations which come in a variety of ever-changing flavours – the most frequently available being almond, bacon or cheese. Other notable pastries such as pain au chocolat, muffins and tarts are also made on premises, and if you enjoy a savoury taste in the morning, try the miss piggy – a cheese griller wrapped in a mustard-coated puff pastry casing; an absolute treat for any cheese lover.

    Lunch offers a selection of sandwiches, but don’t expect your ordinary white bread, cheese and tomato toasties here. Think more along the lines of fillings such as pulled pork with pickled cabbage and mustard mayo combinations, all made using fresh artisan bread baked daily.  The “kick-ass” pies are delicious morsels of light, crisp pastry packed full of meaty goodness. Dishes such as the coconut rice bowl with braised pork belly and crisp green vegetables offer the perfect balance of salty and sweet.

    Jason Bakery is also renowned for its Saturday morning special of doughssants, a hybrid pastry cross between a croissant and a doughnut. Every Saturday they make a set number of the pastry treat, each week being different and never repeating a flavour. Some past doughssant combinations include chocolate fondant, milk tart and koeksister. Make sure you get there early to avoid disappointment.

    Drinks
    Drinks include a selection of fresh, seasonal juices, soft drinks and a coffee menu – be warned, Jason does not serve cappuccinos so be sure to order it as a flat white.

    There is a small selection of wine available on offer – a red wine blend and a dry white wine blend, both available by the glass or bottle.

    Service
    The service is quick and efficient. The restaurant gets very busy, but the table turn-around is quick so it's worth it to wait (usually about 10 minutes).

    Ambience
    Most of the seating at Jason Bakery is outside – inside there are only a few high stools – so be sure to bring a jersey or warm coat if dining early in the morning. The restaurant is busiest during weekday lunch times, so plan accordingly or get a take-away from the hatch.

    And…
    The newly opened second branch in 33 Loop Street is heaven-sent for office workers.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • An institution in Cape Town with possibly the best bread
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  • Disclaimer - this review is for the Green Point outlet. While this place looks gorgeous and trendy, I was rather disappointed with the food. I had the toasted croissant with bacon, emmenthal and a poached egg. You would think this would be unctuous and satisfying, but it was dry and the toasted croissant tasted stale. My friend's shakshuka had a massive whole tomato that the chef didn't bother to break down, and the dish was served at a far too hot temperature. To top off the sad food, service was rather miserable. It took an hour from the time we sat down to the time we got our food. I'd recommend elsewhere if you're in the vicinity.
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  • Where to start? Come early to ensure you can indulge in some of the patissiereal wonders. From the decadent golden nugget croinuts to the sensational croissant cups, always with an exciting twist. Whilst the crowded inside might be jampacked at times the open ledge to the kitchen makes it feel like a good old "kombuis-kuier" , and the aromas escaping ensures the senses is taken on a trip to pastry heaven. Adding to the sweetness a straight-up cortado made with quality beans ensures the experience is well rounded. The outside seating could get a bit of an upgrade. Whilst the pastry remides of Paris the seating is all but European side walk cafe and more New York food truck.
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  • Busy busy! Make sure to get there early - it's worth it! An eggs benedict on a croissant coupled with a flat white and you're good to go! Here is a video review: https://goo.gl/B1nNtS Here is a video playlist of my other reviews: https://goo.gl/fDWtmq
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  • Hello Peanut Butter Maple and Bacon Croissant! This delicious little treat has crawled into my heart and will now live there for ever as Queen of Croissants.
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Facilities

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  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Serves food
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