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Pajamas & Jam Eatery

Pajamas & Jam Eatery
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Cost
R90
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Coffee, Deli fare, Health food, Light meals, Mediterranean, Modern, Seafood, South African, Steak, Sushi, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Snapscan, Visa
Corkage
First 2 bottles of champagne are free, then R40 per bottle

Critic's review

Ingrid Jones

Food
Some people call this their happy place. It’s all down to the great breakfasts and lunches, freshly baked breads and cakes, home made preserves, barrista-produced coffee and free Wifi. You come for breakfast, switch on your laptop and by the time you’ve read your e-mails, you’re just in time for lunch. Double-whammy. The portions are generous, the presentation and plating bang on trend. The menu changes daily, so there’s a scrumptious surprise everyday. For breakfast you can order anything from Eggs Benedict, a personal favourite, or a sandwich stacked with beetroot, Camembert, onion marmalade and beef, to a creamy spinach and mozzarella-filled omelette served with toasted garlic and cheese. Or how about poached eggs with bacon, sour cream and pesto? They have the stacking routine and the layering of flavours down to a fine art. Lunch includes old school favourites like bobotie. (Incidentally, bobotie also pops up on the breakfast menu, where it’s served as a pattie on bread with bacon, Camembert, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce.) Back to lunch, the chef knows how to prepare a proper, traditional bobotie, complete with coconut cream and almonds, and then there’s also corn soup with chilli to chase the winter woes away. And you can’t leave before you’ve tried the Lindt hot chocolate, or maybe just one of those double chocolate brownies. If by now your Banting blood is boiling, the Banting beef lasagna or Banting burger served with an interesting green salad that contains clementine segments, will do nicely.

Drinks
No wines here, but the freshly squeezed juice comes in refreshing flavour combinations like celery, cucumber, lemon and ginger; also there’s buchu and rose geranium cordial and an excellent coffee and tea selection.

Service
The bistro is situated in an industrial area, so over and above the very, very loyal patrons who come every day, there’s always space if you get there early. The waiters are friendly people from the surrounding area, well informed about the daily specials and menu changes, but also open to suggestions about different combinations. The owners are on site, but unobtrusively so, as they also have an antique shop and clothing line that needs attention while you quaff away. It’s precisely because of the good service that it has its cult following.

Ambience
It’s a happy place where you go for the food, and the browsing in the antique shop that surrounds the tables and chairs where you sit down. You’re surrounded by a Martha Steward-inspired décor and presentation. The tables are draped in country-style checked cloths while the cakes and preserves are displayed in a manner that will make you want to buy the entire selection. Referencing the industrial area, there’s an old helicopter dangling from the roof. Ample parking ensures you can while away a whole day here.

And...
The Banting and vegetarian options are winners, and the fact that you can buy an antique on the one side and browse a fashion rail on the other, makes for an interesting eating experience. It appeals to all the senses.

(September 2015)

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  • Ingrid Jones

    Food
    Some people call this their happy place. It’s all down to the great breakfasts and lunches, freshly baked breads and cakes, home made preserves, barrista-produced coffee and free Wifi. You come for breakfast, switch on your laptop and by the time you’ve read your e-mails, you’re just in time for lunch. Double-whammy. The portions are generous, the presentation and plating bang on trend. The menu changes daily, so there’s a scrumptious surprise everyday. For breakfast you can order anything from Eggs Benedict, a personal favourite, or a sandwich stacked with beetroot, Camembert, onion marmalade and beef, to a creamy spinach and mozzarella-filled omelette served with toasted garlic and cheese. Or how about poached eggs with bacon, sour cream and pesto? They have the stacking routine and the layering of flavours down to a fine art. Lunch includes old school favourites like bobotie. (Incidentally, bobotie also pops up on the breakfast menu, where it’s served as a pattie on bread with bacon, Camembert, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce.) Back to lunch, the chef knows how to prepare a proper, traditional bobotie, complete with coconut cream and almonds, and then there’s also corn soup with chilli to chase the winter woes away. And you can’t leave before you’ve tried the Lindt hot chocolate, or maybe just one of those double chocolate brownies. If by now your Banting blood is boiling, the Banting beef lasagna or Banting burger served with an interesting green salad that contains clementine segments, will do nicely.

    Drinks
    No wines here, but the freshly squeezed juice comes in refreshing flavour combinations like celery, cucumber, lemon and ginger; also there’s buchu and rose geranium cordial and an excellent coffee and tea selection.

    Service
    The bistro is situated in an industrial area, so over and above the very, very loyal patrons who come every day, there’s always space if you get there early. The waiters are friendly people from the surrounding area, well informed about the daily specials and menu changes, but also open to suggestions about different combinations. The owners are on site, but unobtrusively so, as they also have an antique shop and clothing line that needs attention while you quaff away. It’s precisely because of the good service that it has its cult following.

    Ambience
    It’s a happy place where you go for the food, and the browsing in the antique shop that surrounds the tables and chairs where you sit down. You’re surrounded by a Martha Steward-inspired décor and presentation. The tables are draped in country-style checked cloths while the cakes and preserves are displayed in a manner that will make you want to buy the entire selection. Referencing the industrial area, there’s an old helicopter dangling from the roof. Ample parking ensures you can while away a whole day here.

    And...
    The Banting and vegetarian options are winners, and the fact that you can buy an antique on the one side and browse a fashion rail on the other, makes for an interesting eating experience. It appeals to all the senses.

  • Ingrid Jones

    If their Instagram feed is anything to go by, this Strand eatery is a paradise of wholesome hearty meals, beautiful blooms and glorious cakes (rooibos infused sweet potato cake or honeycomb cheesecake anyone?) Ingrid Jones heads to Strand to find out why many people think of this Strand eatery as their happy place.

    Food
    It’s all down to the great breakfasts and lunches, freshly baked breads and cakes, home made preserves, barrista-produced coffee and free Wifi. You come for breakfast, switch on your laptop and by the time you’ve read your e-mails, you’re just in time for lunch. Double-whammy. The portions are generous, the presentation and plating bang on trend. The menu changes daily, so there’s a scrumptious surprise everyday. For breakfast you can order anything from Eggs Benedict, a personal favourite, or a sandwich stacked with beetroot, Camembert, onion marmalade and beef, to a creamy spinach and mozzarella-filled omelette served with toasted garlic and cheese. Or how about poached eggs with bacon, sour cream and pesto? They have the stacking routine and the layering of flavours down to a fine art.

    Lunch includes old school favourites like bobotie. (Incidentally, bobotie also pops up on the breakfast menu, where it’s served as a pattie on bread with bacon, Camembert, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce.) Back to lunch, the chef knows how to prepare a proper, traditional bobotie, complete with coconut cream and almonds, and then there’s also corn soup with chilli to chase the winter woes away. And you can’t leave before you’ve tried the Lindt hot chocolate, or maybe just one of those double chocolate brownies. If by now your Banting blood is boiling, the Banting beef lasagna or Banting burger served with an interesting green salad that contains clementine segments, will do nicely.

    Drinks
    No wines here, but the freshly squeezed juice comes in refreshing flavour combinations like celery, cucumber, lemon and ginger; also there’s buchu and rose geranium cordial and an excellent coffee and tea selection.

    Service
    The bistro is situated in an industrial area, so over and above the very, very loyal patrons who come every day, there’s always space if you get there early. The waiters are friendly people from the surrounding area, well informed about the daily specials and menu changes, but also open to suggestions about different combinations. The owners are on site, but unobtrusively so, as they also have an antique shop and clothing line that needs attention while you quaff away. It’s precisely because of the good service that it has its cult following.

    Ambience
    It’s a happy place where you go for the food, and the browsing in the antique shop that surrounds the tables and chairs where you sit down. You’re surrounded by a Martha Steward-inspired décor and presentation. The tables are draped in country-style checked cloths while the cakes and preserves are displayed in a manner that will make you want to buy the entire selection. Referencing the industrial area, there’s an old helicopter dangling from the roof. Ample parking ensures you can while away a whole day here.

    And
    The Banting and vegetarian options are winners, and the fact that you can buy an antique on the one side and browse a fashion rail on the other, makes for an interesting eating experience. It appeals to all the senses.

User reviews

  • Love! Love! Love!! Great food, good service, stunning decor! An absolute winner and I’ll be back for more!
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  • I went the first time to this restaurant on Tuesday, 5.6.18. My wife and I enjoyed the unique ambience. The old items on sale are, however, quite ridiculously highly priced. The food was excellent. Definitely a place we shall visit again.
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  • Will come back again and again. The menu looked fresh and delicious. The cheesecake was very good, not too sweet - although it could be smoother, and an excellent crust. The staff were friendly and full of smiles. Perhaps a bit cluttered, one could make room for more tables, although I like the idea. Attention to detail contributed to an exceptional experience.
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  • I love Pajamas... and Jam Eatery! The food is excellent and always has a fresh twist. I am a huge fan of their Cordials, especially the Rose Geranium - which is a huge thirst quencher on a hot summer's day. My other favourite is the Hazelnut Flat White coffee - it is divine, regular or tall. But what always strikes me the most is the owners with their special touch, they make you feel at home and the service is great. This is truly my happy place!
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  • I score the food 12/10
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  • Elegantly dressed and friendly staff. Food is Great!
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  • Excellent oxtail soup - a meal on it's own. Love their red juices with beetroot and ginger. Their cakes are awesome and so are their open sandwiches. Quaint environment, great ambiance, lovely music - well worth a visit.
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  • Absolutely stunning, very unique setting... A true hidden gem. Amazing food and was surprised at the huge variety on the menu. An absolute must
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  • Gem of an Eatery. Unique decor. Lovely Vegetarian breakfast options. Will be going back for the pastries!
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  • Great!
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  • Tucked away in the middle of an industrial estate this quirky cafe could easily be passed by but great delights await those who find it. The menu includes breakfasts & lunches with magnificent muffins & cakes for the sweet toothed. The portions are generous, served on wooden platters & the freshly prepared juices are served in glass preserve jars. My mom had the Italian beef, beetroot & camembert open sandwich which was served with onion marmalade - delicious! My juice was Green - a mix of celery & cucumber with lemon & no ginger which was most refreshing. My sister had the largest portion of chocolate cheesecake we'd ever seen which she proceeded to demolish along with two cups of cappuccino! Our waitresses were efficient & friendly and clearly delight in seeing the surprise on the faces of first-time visitors. After our meal we browsed through the collection of antiques / junk in the midst of which the restaurant's tables & chairs are arranged and then proceeded to the adjacent fancy dress hire / buy section which just adds to the charm & quirkiness of this place - an absolute treasure trove complete with the shell of a helicopter on the roof! It warrants lots of visits to sample all the delights on offer!
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  • My friend took me here for breakfast and the food and atmosphere was FANTASTIC!!!! I live in KZN but will definitely go there again when I'm in Cape Town again. This is a wonderful place. Well done to the owners.
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  • came into a Theatrical wanabe was so good i don't want to really want to tell anybody as i want to save it for me !!! Loved it I've looked for a place like this for many years
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  • Went there yesterday for the first time, had a chicken salad & cappicino, it was great! Very nice and I like the atmosphere.
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  • Always fresh ingredients, friendly faces and great ambience - love it!

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  • We had such a lovely experience there when we visited The Strand, we spent the whole morning there. The ambience and food were outstanding.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Dog-friendly
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Halaal friendly
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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