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Pajamas & Jam Eatery

Pajamas & Jam Eatery
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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Special occasions
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Café fare, Coffee, Deli fare, Health food, Light meals, Mediterranean, Modern, Vegetarian
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Snapscan, Visa
Corkage
R40 per bottle

Critic's review

Anelde Greeff

Food
The ever-changing menu offers a vast variety of breakfast options and a two-part ‘afternoon’ section with inventive sandwiches, rotis, quesadillas and wraps, and a range of bowl foods (salads, poké bowls and warm bowls).

As you’re swept past the jaw-droppingly beautiful cake display, remember this. You know how some people dress from the shoes upwards? Well, here you need to eat from dessert backwards. Or at least plan accordingly. Visitors bottleneck here, ogling cakes under giant cloches that deserve royal titles like Lady Gabrialla, Lady Bubbledot and Lady Humpty Dumpty (as well as their R80 price tags).

Breakfasts are show-stopping, all-day affairs. Start your day with something traditional (mosbolletjie beef and smoor), exotic (cardamom and nut French toast) or vegetarian (grilled shimeji mushrooms, brown rice and poached eggs). Even the trusted fry-up is transformed into salbitxada-drizzled quinoa cakes served with the famous P+J gingerbread.

For lunch you may gravitate towards the crackling-topped pork and sweetcorn poké bowl served on sticky rice and slaw (a very reasonable R110). The pork is melt-in-your-mouth good and so packed with flavour that there’s no need to involve the accompanying sriracha mayo and soy sauce. Another great choice is the teryaki marinated beef fillet served with peas, glazed beets, tatsoi, almonds and dates. It’s succulent and perfectly cooked. Portions are generous, leaving just a tiny spot for the Lady Patchouli caramel and guava cheesecake.

Drinks
Expect a dizzying array of teas, coffees, raw juices, vegan smoothies, milkshakes and cordials. Their liquor licence is still pending so bring your own wine at a R40 corkage fee.

Service
Service is efficient and friendly as you are greeted by the door and whisked off to your table. Expect things to be extra busy on Saturdays when you can’t book. However, you never wait too long to be seated and there's so much to look at while you wait.

Ambience
Step inside the De Villiers family’s stylishly curated treasure trove and you’ll wonder for a moment if you’re in a cool Brooklyn warehouse or a whimsical Parisian café. You can tell that every single detail – down to the quirky lab beakers and nonchalant palm leaves - has been carefully considered for your pure enjoyment. Think worn Persian carpets, a mishmash of tables and chairs, chandeliers and cosy fireplaces.

Best for…
Legendary weekend brunches with friends, a special working lunch or stocking up on some seriously Instagrammable sweet treats, flowers and freshly baked bread.

(August 2019)

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  • Hanlie van der Merwe

    This is one of those hidden gems that is so good, the locals probably wanted to keep it their little secret. Luckily for us, the word is out – somewhere in Somerset West Industria there is a place you can climb through the looking glass and have a wonderful meal.

    Food
    An eclectic mix of antiques and vintage fashion turn an old warehouse into a magical setting, but the real treasure is the menu. For breakfast, you have a choice of interesting twists on basics and classics. You may think about choosing a simple slice of homemade gingerbread-deliciousness with mascarpone. Until you notice the fluffy soufflé omelet, topped with honey glazed bacon and goats cheese at the next table. Everything else on the menu also sounds divine – from the dukkha spiced egg to the wheat free leek and spinach Florentine. The dishes look even better than you imagined when they arrive at the table. Creamed avocado, smashed with green peas and cream cheese is served with a poached egg. However, the spinach baked breakfast bread, pea shoots and a tiny glass beaker filled with a wonderfully tangy roast tomato dressing makes this so much more than just avo on toast.

    When you are here for breakfast, you make a mental note: MUST come back for lunch. Soon. Do it for their legendary coconut bobotie open sandwich served with vegetable atchar, caramalised banana and whipped coconut cream. If that doesn’t sound like your bag, what about the French linen (burned sage butter, cream and pecans tossed through farfalle) or the seasonal blushing beetroot bowl (a wholesome salad topped with deep fried chevin)? The menu and the specials board offer so many interesting choices, the biggest problem you’ll have is making a decision.

    Oh also. They have cake and other fab sweet treats. The kind of treats you didn’t know you needed in your life, like a Lady Gia guava and ginger cookie cheesecake. All portions are generous, so you might have to get that slice to go.

    Drinks
    From good coffee and fresh pressed juices, to interesting cordials and an activated charcoal milkshake, you’ll be spoiled for choice. But for a pretty standard R40 corkage fee you’ll have to bring your own wine.

    Service
    The waiters are lovely and the service is good. Considering this is a big, busy space with many hidden corners, you might have to wait a few minutes to be served.

    Ambience
    You’d expect the warehouse to feel cold and industrial, but the unique décor, French café style music, a fireplace and the laughter of happy patrons create a space you don’t want to leave.

    Best for…
    They have Wi-Fi so you could pop in, eat something great and get some work done. Win-win. They don’t take bookings on Saturdays. Luckily, there are lots to browse while you wait to be seated.

    (2018)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Hetta van Deventer-Terblanche

    Food
    An eclectic mix of antiques and vintage fashion turn an old warehouse into a magical setting, but the real treasure is the menu. For breakfast, you have a choice of interesting twists on basics and classics. You may think about choosing a simple slice of homemade gingerbread deliciousness with mascarpone, until you notice the fluffy soufflé omelette topped with honey-glazed bacon and goats’ cheese at the next table. Everything else on the menu also sounds divine – from the dukkah-spiced egg to the wheat-free leek and spinach Florentine. The dishes look even better than you imagined when they arrive at the table. Creamed avocado, smashed with green peas and cream cheese is served with a poached egg, and the spinach baked breakfast bread, pea shoots and a tiny glass beaker filled with a wonderfully tangy roast tomato dressing makes this so much more than just avo on toast.

    When you’re here for breakfast, you make a mental note: MUST come back for lunch. Soon. Do it for the legendary coconut-bobotie open sandwich served with vegetable atchar, caramelised banana and whipped coconut cream. If that doesn’t sound like your bag, what about the French linen (burned sage butter, cream and pecans tossed through farfalle) or the seasonal blushing beetroot bowl (a wholesome salad topped with deep-fried chevin)? The menu and the specials board offer so many interesting choices, the biggest problem you’ll have is making a decision.

    They have cake and other fab sweet treats – the kind of treats you didn’t know you needed in your life, like a Lady Gia guava and ginger cookie cheesecake. All portions are generous, so you might have to get that slice to go.

    Drinks
    From good coffee and fresh pressed juices to interesting cordials and an activated charcoal milkshake, you’ll be spoiled for choice. But you’ll have to bring your own wine (for a pretty standard R40 corkage fee).

    Service
    The waiters are lovely and the service is good. Considering this is a big, busy space with many hidden corners, you might have to wait a few minutes to be served.

    Ambience
    You’d expect the warehouse to feel cold and industrial, but the unique décor, French-café style music, fireplace and the laughter of happy patrons create a space you don’t want to leave.

    And…
    They have Wi-Fi so you could pop in, eat something great and get some work done. Win-win. They don’t take bookings on Saturdays

    (August 2018)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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User reviews

  • Stunning setup and gorgeous food
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  • Absolutely love this resturant! From food, drinks, cakes, to the ambiance, restaurant deco and vibe, everything is delightful. Lovely menu with many delicious, healthy options that are any foodies dream.
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  • The place is great, really a hidden gem. The cake we had was incredible--the best I've had in a long time. The coffee was great and I loved the pottery cups it's served in. My one critique would be that my Americano was much too cold--the hot water and espresso were both obviously put in 2 cold cups (being winter), and so I had a rather warm coffee. Unfortunately, the service is where they lost me. Upon walking into the restaurant, my wife and I weren't given a "welcome" but instead, we were abruptly told that they were closing the kitchen soon. While it's important to know that a restaurant is closing in 30 minutes, there's a more polite and professional way to say it. After asking when exactly, and if we could still get coffee and cake, we were taken to a table. But apparently when the kitchen is closing in half and hour, it's chatting time for the waitresses. There was no one to take our order, so I had to go myself to the entrance, where 4 waitresses were laughing and chatting together. After our cake and coffee was brought, the chatting circle of waitresses (now 5 staff members) decided to move away from the entrance and visit right next to our table. Not the greatest ambiance to enjoy a brief outing with one's family. As I say, the food we ordered was fantastic, but if I'm to expect service like this, then Pajamas and Jam can not expect me to show up again, or recommend.
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  • My most favourite place to eat and generally spend time at. It feels like home. Their array of cakes is something that has to be seen to be believed.
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  • Always great. New products each time. Genius combos and tasty beyond imagination. Well done!
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  • Who would believe that such a great place exists ... and thrives ... in a dodgy industrial area? If you're travelling through Somerset West and cursing all those slow traffic lights, just switch on your GPS and follow the directions to Pajamas and Jam. You won't be disappointed. It's exciting, trendy and buzzing. From the welcoming guy directing you to a parking spot outside, to stepping into the coolest interior, you just know you're in for something special. Best smoothies in hipster containers, fabulous coffee, yummiest menu selection and a selection of cake to drool over. You'll be hard pressed to find somewhere so different. Go!
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  • Good food. Great cake.
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  • This is my favourite coffee shop. Food are excellent. Staff friendly. Freshly baked capes and tarts daily. Just love this place
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  • Most fantastic food, ambience and service
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  • A great place to enjoy tasty food, the atmosphere is special too.
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  • A truly fab experience. The decor is quirky but the food superb. Interesting sauces that add to.the large variety of dishes.
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  • The setting is beautifully done. The food looks exquisite and tastes delicious. The service is friendly and helpful. Everything you could ask for in a restaurant.
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  • Went on a friend of my Dad's recommendation. Great Ambience and food. Fantastic coffee and a few inventive breakfast drinks. My girlfriend had the beetroot latte which she loved - it wasn't entirely to my taste. The portion's aren't HUGE but the food is of a great quality and just a great vibe in general. Service was a little slow but it was also rather busy - so it was ok. Highly recommended.
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  • 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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Facilities

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

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