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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

Thulisa Martins

Jason Lilley of Jason Bakery is the undisputed king of Bree, likely because he was one of the first restaurants to open up on the now-iconic street. His food, however, also has cult-status, and his croissants (available plain, as pain au chocolat or even with stuffed with bacon) are known far and wide for being the best in the city. The brilliance doesn’t stop there, as well as the croissants , there are an ever-changing display of decadent baked goods including apple danishes, pasteis de nata and cookies. If you’re looking to get your hands on one of his Doughssants, you’ll have to get out of bed early on a Saturday (or pre-order) because they quite literally fly out of the store.

Food
If you’re sitting down, you’ll find an extensive menu of sweet and savoury dishes. There are the usual breakfast suspects featuring free range eggs and Jason’s famous sourdough. Don’t overlook the shakshuka, with eggs baked in a fiery tomato and red pepper sauce, topped with a generous grating of hard cheese and served alongside toast slathered in a cumin butter. The breakfast toastie is also a perennially popular choice, complete with a creamy mushroom ragout, a fried egg and thick-cut streaky bacon.

Drinks
There is a no-fuss approach to the drinks menu here, and you’ll find any coffee or tea you’re after. The juice of the day changes daily, often made from interesting and refreshing combinations such as apple and orange. There is a small wine and beer offering, should you be looking to make your brunch more festive.

Service
Quick, friendly and efficient – all you want at your local breakfast spot.

Ambience
This small-but-might bakery is located on a corner with ample outside seating, whereas inside space is limited. Take it from us, you want to be outside – it’s the ideal people-watching spot on a Saturday morning. Jason Bakery really is your one-stop-shop for every carby need. Pick up freshly baked sourdough, have a leisurely brunch with friends or even a business lunch meeting – the team will welcome you, feed you and make you endlessly happy.

Best for...
Cape Town's best croissants and a hip vibe.

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  • 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!

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    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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User reviews

  • The food is phenomenal. Definitely need to go for a walk after eating here
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  • I was so in love with the style of the bakery. I Think the interior is very well done and is ascetically pleasing . The design appeals to the modern age bakery/coffee shop . I love that it was busy and bustling , with people from all walks of life. The food was delicious and portion size was spot on . I could finish my meal and still be satisfied. The kitchen was an open plan , you could see everything happening and I liked the honesty of it . You could see how clean and well kept up the food preparation area was . It gave me a sense of ease to see what’s happening in the kitchen area. My only flaw was the menu . Was rather plain and lazy to have 3 pieces of paper stapled together. The menu simple but a little vague and hard to understand. Staff was friendly and prompt with their service. Overall a great experience!
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  • 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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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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