If bread is your thing, you simply must pay a visit to this Pretoria favourite. Even though this well-designed eatery is set in a busy mall, Lucky Bread Company’s interesting baked goods, breads and sandwiches won’t disappoint.
For passersby, a must-try is one of their expertly brewed coffees (choose from a vast selection of single-origin beans), some delectable baked goods, and a loaf of bread – or two. The sweet-potato bread and multi-seed loaf are simply fantastic.
If you have time to sit down to one of their sandwiches, things get even better. The spicy chicken meltdown is one of the best sandwiches you will find in Pretoria. Spicy chicken breast tops the bread of your choice, along with with jalapeño mayo, mozzarella and avocado, with a side of spicy tomato salsa.
Their hot-press sandwiches are equally legendary and, if you have a big appetite, their Man Sandwich might be your idea of heaven: imagine gypsy ham, smoked pork, peppered salami and bacon with mozzarella, emmenthal, mustard-mayo, tomato and micro greens on not one, not two, but three slices of ciabatta. It will leave you feeling satisfied, to say the very least.
Lucky Bread Company is not licensed to sell alcohol, but guests are bound to find something to suit their mood in the selection of expertly brewed single-origin coffees, fine teas, shakes, smoothies and freshly pressed juices.
The ambience is what you would expect of an eatery situated in a mall: busy, bustling and noisy. However, this is not the place you will be sitting at for hours, enjoying a lazy meal. Quick coffees and sandwiches are the name of the game here. The restaurant is beautifully designed with interesting furniture.
Service can be a little slow when they are busy; however, the staff are always very friendly and the baristas excel at their craft.
Their milkshakes and waffles will provide the perfect sweet end to your meal.
Diane de Beer
As the name suggests, bread is king at this eatery, which has stolen a lot of hearts. It has become the go-to deli for homemade bread, with a staggering selection of artisan breads including sourdough, ciabatta, French, seed and rye. As for sit-down fare, choose the aptly titled Man Sandwich with gypsy ham, smoked pork, peppered salami, or the bacon sandwich with mozzarella, emmenthal, mustard mayo, tomato and micro greens on three slices of ciabatta. Alternatively, opt for platter with a selection of their artisanal breads served with all the accoutrements to make the best sandwiches. It’s all very hale and hearty. There’s also a lusty selection of sweet delights as well as coffee and tea to make the mind spin.
There's no wines here, but they offer quality drinks, from freshly pressed juices (orange, naartjie, pear and ginger, pure carrot) to smoothies (salted caramel, berry, and mango chai). Also on the menu is iced tea and coffee (with limited availability because of their 12-hour secret brewing process) as well as the popular pour-over style with single-origin filter coffee produced one cup at a time. And, of course, a selection of tea like jasmine green tea, organic Earl Grey and apple vanilla.
It’s all hands on deck and staff are often kept running, especially on weekends, but their attention keeps patrons happy. They keep you posted if there's a delay.
Set at the centre of a busy mall, the space has been designed in a workmanlike but smart fashion. It’s stylish, sassy and somewhere to watch the passing parade comfortably.
It took many, many years to make this particular spot work. Many others have tried, but Lucky Bread’s magic is truly working – it’s pumping. And they're planning something new for the mall...
Single-origin beans are roasted in small batches to give the most defined taste and are served in a variety of ways, from Aeropress to Chemex and pour-over to cold-brewed, which they can do on their custom-made Lucky Mirage Espresso machine. Grab a sandwich made with their artisanal freshly baked bread and filled with seasonal garden veggies, creamy farm butter, locally crafted cheese and smoky charcuterie. (August 2014)
Best for bread, bread and bread. Winner of the Eat Out DStv Food Network Produce Award in 2013 in the bakery category. Any sandwich and one of their classy coffees will make your day. (EO mag 2014)