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Junipa’s

Junipa’s
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  • Phone Number 0117062387 or 0117060479
  • Location Hobart Grove Shopping Centre, Corner Hobart Road and Grosvenor Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg
  • email info@junipas.co.za
  • Website URL http://www.junipas.co.za/
  • Opening Hours

    Mondays closed; Tuesday to Thursday 7am to 10pm; Fridays and Saturdays 6.30am to 10pm; Sundays and public holidays 8am to 5pm

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Cost
R130 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

J' Something

Food
This homely space is great for breakfast. Do not go anywhere else for eggs Benedict! The eggs Benny here is out of this world, with home-made English muffins and perfectly balanced Hollandaise. It’s really sufficient reason to visit.

The Signature crème brûlée French toast is a must try, too. If you want to enjoy a seriously delicious meal and not feel guilty, turn the page to find numerous options from the carb-conscious breakfast menu.

Drinks
At the entrance you’re welcomed by a beautiful coffee grinder, which emanates the aroma of freshly ground beans. You’re in for a treat when it comes to the seriously good coffee. The juices are all home-made.

Service
The service is phenomenal and speedy, with owners that are very involved and extremely passionate. Everybody seems well trained; the passion from the owners is contagious.

Ambience
It’s a cosy spot to get your laptop out and do some work using the free WiFi. There’s a gentle vibrant energy in the room and great whiffs come from the bakery they have on site. The décor could do with more of a story, though.

And…
The cronuts: do yourself a favour and enjoy one – or more – with your coffee. The fresh rye bread is also some of the best in town.

(September 2016)

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  • Jodi-Ann Pearton

    Food
    If you’re in the mood for a sensory experience, Junipa’s has a lot to offer. There’s an open plan bakery, coffee roastery and a deli which offers an array of baked goods and moreish takeaway items to feast the eyes on whilst dining. The aromas from the bakery and the roastery waft through the café, to wonderful effect. They offer a good selection of meals for all day dining, from wholesome breakfasts to a little something different for lunch. Try the unique toasted cheese sandwich for example, which is a duo of cheese melted between two slices of toasted brioche, and served with delicious tomato soup which you then dip your gooey cheese soldiers into. The homemade lamb pie can also be recommended, the fishcakes are healthy and delicious and burgers filling and scrumptious. The sushi menu is limited but the quality is excellent and well worth trying. The deli offers take home meals, pastries, cakes and an array of other sweet treats and goodies. The croissants are not the real McCoy and taste a little “bready” but they are still good – especially once filled with delicious goodies. Portions are extremely generous, so arrive hungry.

    Drinks:
    There’s a good selection of local wines on the wine list, as well as cocktails, mocktails, beers and the usual soft drinks. Excellent tea and coffee offering as one would expect. Handily, every single menu item is paired with a wine. What a fabulous idea – it really takes the fuss out of trying to choose something to drink and may also encourage you to try something new.

    Service
    Brilliant. The hostess and service staff are attentive and on the ball. Staff members know the menu well; for an all day café they certainly have top-notch service.

    Ambience
    They’ve got a very easy going, café style feel with an outdoor and indoor area which allows the diner the opportunity to select where they would like to sit and what sort of experience they would like to have. In the evening the ambience is a little more serious.

    And…
    Grab some coffee beans at the roastery, or a great cup of coffee, before you go.

  • Mokgadi Itsweng

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    Junipa’s in Bryanston’s Hobart centre is always buzzing with activity and alive with the smell of baking bread, which draws you into the restaurant. The open-plan setup allows you to observe the busy bakery.

    The extensive menu casts a wide net for a range of appetites, ranging from light meals to bistro-style dishes, savoury tarts, pizza and sushi to a kids' menu. Their gourmet sandwiches are made to order, with freshly baked artisanal bread topped with gourmet fillings like slow-roasted lamb shank, and raisin and date compote. Do try their toasted cheese, which is a toasted brioche with three cheeses, drizzled with truffle oil and topped with a delicious tomato compote. Their sushi selection is small but delicious.

    Drinks 
    Junipa’s serves a lovely selection of South African wine varietals, with a premium bottle of red selling for R280 and a bottle of brut for R320. Each and every meal comes with a wine pairing suggestion, even the sandwiches and pizzas.

    Service
    The service is warm, friendly and knowledgeable. If you get stuck or overwhelmed by the menu, ask the servers for a recommendation, they're mostly spot-on.

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    The ambience is warm and cosy without being stuffy. The open-plan design allows you to observe the bakery, which forms the heart of this restaurant. It’s a great place for a quick lunch, or sushi and cocktail night with the girls, or to grab a pizza to go.

    And… 
    Do try their freshly roasted coffee and iced coffees – they’re famous for making the best coffee around.

    (August 2014)

  • An amazing brunch venue, especially on the weekend. They have their own coffee roaster on the premises, which promises great cappuccinos and a gorgeous aroma in the air. Highlights: creamy mushroom toast; croissants; and the salmon Florentine, with two poached eggs, wilted spinach, potato röstis, smoked salmon and citrus Hollandaise. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    This all-day eatery offers an extensive menu with something for everyone, including a design-your-own pizza for kids. Another highlight is the lamb burger served with guacamole and caramelised onions. The smooth Venetian duck liver and porcini pâté, served with beetroot chutney and bread baked on site, is a must.

    Wine
    A reasonably priced South African wine list with a few easy-drinking by-the-glass offerings.

    Service
    Waiters are friendly and efficient with handheld order monitors. The attention does tend to taper off noticeably as the restaurant fills.

    Ambience
    It’s rustic, modern and spacious with high ceilings, giving a farmhouse-in-the-city feel. Enjoy alfresco dining out on the terrace.

    And...
    The attached bakery offers decadent croissants in exciting flavour combinations like white chocolate and marmalade. (NM, October 2012)

User reviews

  • Went to breakfast at Junipas this morning. Awful service, we were only assisted after flagging down a waiter 10 minutes after we sat down. I ordered eggs Benedict and was served eggs on toast. After querying this, I was told they have no muffins. Decided to soldier on and make the best of it. After cutting through my egg, water ran out of it. Very undercooked. When I advised the waiter, another lady came out (I assume a supervisor or manager) and proceeded to ask me how I want my eggs cooked. No apologies, no hello. After telling her about the experience she turned around and walked away. Still no apology. She returned a few minutes later to tell me muffins were now available and she would replace the meal. Why did no one tell me that I could have waited 10 minutes and actually got what I ordered upfront? Nobody knows...and quite honestly it seems nobody at Junipas cares. I payed for my drink and left without eating and without an apology for the shocking service. The management team is also quite shocking as they seem to be quite disinterested in guests experience. They are all mostly huddled around the till inside the restaurant instead of being on the floor. The patrons at the table next to me we're also complaining about the service they received but again, no one at Junipas seemed too bothered. Will never return and advise others not to either till the service issues are addressed.
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  • Food is delicious but shocking service by staff
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  • I said never again after our first visit a year ago!!! But everyone deserves a second chance ...right?

    So on Saturday my daughter and I went to Junipa's for lunch.... it is the first time ever that I have not given a tip - we were so frustrated and so angry.

    Last year our experience was as follows: We arrived at 11h50 to order lunch ... at this ALL DAY BISTRO..... we sat down looked at the menu and after about five minutes or so asked if we could order... we were told that we could not order lunch as the kitchen has a "change over" at 12h00 and we can only order lunch from 12h15 ...note that we could not order breakfast either for the same reason? So we were told if we were prepared to wait until 12h15 then they would help us! UM.... no plenty of restaurants around .... even those who don’t advertise "ALL DAY" take orders all day, so we left? Seriously?!

    And then to Saturday's experience... my daughter was unhappy to give them another try - I persuaded her. We sat down, a lovely waitress greeted us ... we ordered at 13h10....we received our food (after asking various staff members as our waitress had disappeared) at about 14h15!! We ordered beer battered fish and chips; and my daughter ordered salmons fish cakes …she was given the option of a potato stack or salad, she chose the potato stack. We sat and finished our drinks, waited and waited, then asked and asked – we kept being told “two minutes” ….eventually the food arrived… my fish and chips was lovely – crunchy chips …no tartar sauce (asked for it and got a little bowl of mayonnaise with julienne carrots – tasted like soap); my daughter got her fish cakes but with about 10 “chips”…..lily white and sloppy (a complete contrast to my lovely wedges …seemed like they had either run our of time, wedges or both)…BUT she had ordered a potato stack. On enquiring from yet another staff member, we were told that the waitress that took our order should have explained that in this restaurant a potato stack actually means chips?!! I asked to see the manager…. By this time my daughter was more than half way through her fish cakes leaving the awful chips as she was hungry…. The manager came over and I asked about the potato stack and why on earth it would be described as that on the menu if it should have said chips? He was surprised by what we had been told and went off to the kitchen to get the potato stack. As we finished our meals, as we had to leave for an appointment, the potato stack arrived – it was too late!

    The “chef” spent the entire time walking around the restaurant in a very dirty black chef’s jacket. Possibly if he had spent more time in the kitchen checking on the orders at the pass, the food would be sent out on time and the orders would be correct?

    The staff seemed in “disarray” and didn’t seem to have allocated “stations” to serve.

    NEVER again!!











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  • "Inside out, All in"

    Now this being the first time I have ever sat down at this place, I'll have to kick in my cynic and smartass mode.
    Looking at the reviews above and seeing how can come along and be disappointed, I have to say... Get over yourselves. This isn't a spur or wimpy.

    For a brunch gathering with some friends on a Sunday morning, be ready to wait. Why? Simple, it's popular! So expect to your name on the waiting list or plan ahead and book. This isn't a simple walk in and sit establishment. From the outside, it looks fairly plain. The inside, there's an "outside but inside vibe" as a friend quoted. I will somewhat agree, the décor is a modern/boutique & café feel. The furniture is interesting,so for those wanting pattern leather seats and fold back chairs...go book a first class air ticket or expensive hotel.

    Price wise... this again isn't a burger joint. Expect to start at R60 for something simple but be prepared for an option overload. Junipas has a large selection of delights and meals to choose from. Breakfast has a notable egg influence but not limited to chocolate chip pancake (oh yes I was tempted to fuel my sugar rush on this one), keep in mind this is a just the first 3 pages of breakfast favourites. The menu extends to your hearty meaty meals, sushi lovers and pasta favourites (with an in house wood oven might I add).
    The in house bakery... Yes! That's right they bake there on the spot, which is great for those wanting freshly baked favourites. Coffee freaks, you'll love this. Junapis has it's roasting room. Which for those of the caffeine craze, won't complain about the "fresh" coffee, because... it really is that fresh.

    The Waiters/Waiteress are friendly, although somewhat rushed to turn tables they still have a good attitude, even though "sergeant major head waiter" seems like a stern looking unfriendly type, he is actually easy to warm up too and not as scary you might come to feel. You might end up dropping and giving him twenty if he told you too though.

    With live entertainment every Friday night and Sunday morning, this should be at least tried once.
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  • Booked a table for breakfast on a Sunday morning and the experience was horrible - this is the first time we ever got up and left a restaurant without having our meal. First we arrived on time and were advised that even though we booked someone else was seated at our table and we had to wait in line (which we patiently did without complaining). Once we were seated we ordered quickly but the beverages took more than 20 minutes to arrive. One coffee never arrived and the food came before the drinks order was completed. The warm dishes we ordered arrived cold. Upon complaining to management it seemed like they were irritated by our complaint and did not want to listen and they did not apologise. That was the straw that broke the camel's back and we left. We will never return and do not recommend this restaurant given that it was the worst service we ever experienced anywhere in the world.
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  • You know those restaurants that just get service right? Where you don't even think about it because it's just seamless and you find yourself relaxed and content when you leave? Well Junipa's certainly isn't one of those. I've only had average to terrible service (not sure if it's bad staff or bad management or both?) but fortunately for them they serve good coffee and great pastries and so I keep going back. They also happen to be the only real option in the area which keeps others coming back as well. It also allows them to stay in their "bad service" comfort zone. Joburgers are just so starved of good options.
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  • What hashappened to this resturant, getting to popular they dont care anymore. the service is shocking, and management dont seem to care either if you mention it. Each time I give it another chance but will nno longer. And they are getting extrememly expensive I wouldnt mind paying if the service was good and the food as good as when it first opened. The sad thing is word of mouth and more and more people are complaining about it and not wanting to go back. Very sad that a new place becomes popular due to its clients and then no longer cares.
    Even the food seems slap dash.
    But service is non exsistant and speaking to a manager doesnt help.
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  • Will never go to this restaurant again! Consistently bad service despite great position and ambience. I have been there for lunch at least 5 times and on each occasion I had rude, indifferent or practically non- existent service. On one occasion I had an overseas visitor and we had to wAit 45 minutes for a glass of water. The food order took about two hours. We had to call the manager twice. The second time we went it was almost as bad. I pity anyone going there for a one- hour lunch break. NEVER AGAIN!
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  • Drove past it always and won't again. Love the ambience and decor. It was not too busy and our service was great. Starter portion of the duck liver pate and beetroot was generous and just a perfect start to our fish evening. Will be back. Wines are well priced, thank you guys!

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  • The food was good but service was shocking. Staff need to be trained properly.

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  • Lovely spot - great food, wifi, amazing bakery and freshly roasted coffee. Also great for kiddies - they give the kiddies cupcakes to ice and decorate, and the kids can make their own pizzas at a kiddie counter.

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  • Stunning place for an al fresco breakfast on a Sunday. The food was good and the service was fairly quick.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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The bakers here really know their craft inside out, from the slow fermentations to the wild yeast they use in their legendary sourdough artisan breads. Don’t miss the divine giant chocolate croissants, duck and cherry pies, muffins or hand-made fruit tarts. The new premises at the Hobart Centre features a vast restaurant area, a wood-burning pizza oven and coffee roastery – it’s a great place to come for Sunday brunch.

Smart shopper tip: Try the heavenly potato, thyme and onion bread.

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