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Schoon De Companje (Previously De Oude Bank Bakkerij)

Schoon De Companje (Previously De Oude Bank Bakkerij)
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  • Location +27218832187
  • Phone Number Corner Bird and Church Street, Stellenbosch, Cape Town
  • email info@decompanje.co.za
  • Website URL www.decompanje.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Tuesday to Friday 7am – 11pm, Saturdays 8am – 6pm, Sundays 8am – 1.30pm

    Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 7am – 11pm, Saturdays 8am – 6pm, Sundays 8am – 1.30pm

    Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 7am – 11pm, Saturdays 8am – 6pm (thin based pizzas are served)

Cost
R45-R100
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Café fare, Deli fare, Pizzas
500

Critic's review

Ishay Govender-Ypma

Schoon de Companje is a collaboration effort between artisanal baker Fritz Schoon, his wife (the head chef) Chanelle, his sister Katryn and a handful of friends. The property has been artfully extended from the Oude Bank Bakkerij, a bakery housed in the old bank building, and now occupies the corner of Bird and Church streets. It features an ice cream parlour, wine shop, bar, a butchery that sells ethically sourced meat, a deli selling organic produce and dairy products, a coffee roastery and the casual restaurant itself.  The space is usually packed, especially over weekends, so expect to queue for a seat. On Saturday evenings a live band plays, drawing students and the sophisticated set together.

Food 
The menu hinges around the superb bread made in the bakery. The signature sourdough is prepared over three days in a gentle and careful process. Sandwiches and slices of bread with various toppings such as homemade spreads and local cheeses dominate the lunch menu. (Try the bacon hot presser with caramelised onions and feta.) Pizzas are served on Saturday evenings, pairing well with their selection of craft beers on offer. A small selection of desserts and pastries is also available.

Service
Service is thorough even over the weekends when the double-storey space fills up. Fritz and Chanelle are always present.

Drinks
There’s a wonderful selection of wines, craft beer and perfectly roasted coffees. Select a bottle of wine from the well-curated wine shop and enjoy it with your meal. Hot chocolate is made with real chocolate chips.

Ambience
Schoon de Companje’s décor is a cosy combination of old-world and hip. The low chairs upstairs resemble repurposed luggage cases, a faded Dutch VOC flag is painted on the wall, and heavy metal chains hang from the ceiling. The Delft-inspired crockery used in the restaurant is also for sale.

And…
Try the Fanny Chanel small-batch ice cream after your meal and grab a loaf of bread, farm-fresh butter and preserves to take home for tea.

(July 2014)

  • De Oude Bank Bakkerij’s Fritz Schoon has added his wildly popular bakery to a collective of artisans under one roof offering ice cream, a boutique butchery, freshly roasted coffee, a wine cellar and craft beer bar. A must for lunch of charcuterie, local cheeses and fresh breads. (EO mag 2014)
  • Linda Scarborough

    Food
    This Stellenbosch darling in its new guise is a one-stop shop that harks back to the good old days. Fritz Schoon has added his wildly popular bakery to a collective of artisan producers under one roof and dubbed it ‘Schoon de Companje’, to incorporate the family name. Fittingly so, as Fritz’s sister, Katryn, and his wife, Chanel, head up the boutique butchery (Nice to Meat You) and artisan ice-cream brand (Fanny Chanel) respectively, alongside the award-winning breads and pastries (De Oude Bank Bakkerij), freshly roasted coffee (Het Roosterij), wine cellar (Het Wijnwinkeltjie) and craft beer (De Brasserij). Breakfast is served from 7.30am until 11.45am, offering exciting options like wild mushrooms on toast with sour cream and sage spread, and croque madame for the hungry, with herb-smoked pork loin, mustardy béchamel, a poached egg and gruyere. But the highlight has to be roasted bone marrow on toast: a DIY affair, the bones are delivered on your (slightly wonky) wooden board with their rich contents ready for spreading. (And slurping, if no-one’s looking/listening.) Served with caramelised onions and blue cheese butter, it packs a flavour punch. Lunch options may test you: do you go for the hotpress sandwich with smoked bacon, caramelised onion, feta and balsamic glaze; the Nice to Meat You burger pattie with homemade tomato smoor, triple-cooked chips and homemade aioli; or the frikkadel sandwich with basil pesto cream and parmesan crisps? If that isn’t enough to deal with, you can also order portions of their famous bread (baguettes, rustique, sourdough, rye) and top them with Hijke cream cheese or Dalewood Huguenot; portions of Neil Jewell charcuterie (coppa, salami marinated in chardonnay or chorizo); and condiments like roasted garlic and sage butter, dukkah, peanut butter and organic basil pesto (all made in-house), Honest raw chocolate spread, or Pronto Mama’s slow-roasted tomatoes. For dessert, spoil yourself with a stick of bread dough ‘held together’ by dark chocolate or one of the latest crazes, a cronut. Fanny Chanel’s ice-cream has a charming counter inside, so you can order scoops of the flavours of the day to accompany your dessert. At 3pm the main kitchen closes and the pizzas from De Brasserij take over, topped with local produce and finished in the wood-fired oven.

    Wine
    Het Roosterij roasts coffee beans (displayed in sacks near the entrance) on site, their heady aroma – and the punctuating hiss of the milk-steamer – filling the air. The thirsty could go for homemade lemonade or ginger beer, or the highly recommended juice of fresh beetroot, mint and pineapple and apple. In cooler weather you might want to try a fancy tea like crème caramel rooibos, Moroccan mint or vanilla, or a hot chocolate with a chilli kick. For something stronger, Devil’s Peak and Darling craft beer are on tap at De Brasserij; else order a glass of wine on the neat list (one of each varietal). After lunch, you can also buy a bottle of your favourite local wine from Het Wijnwinkeltjie, the stained glass-paned cellar upstairs, which is open from 12 noon until 7pm.

    Service
    Friendly waiting staff keep things moving and the different areas are manned by their resident experts, adding a comfortable familiarity to the place. The atmosphere is incredibly relaxed and warm, so don’t expect lightning-quick service. It’s all about taking your good time – just like the produce made and sold here.

    Ambience
    Rustic and comfortable, with beautiful golden light streaming into the various rooms, nooks and spaces, Schoon de Companje looks like a sepia-tinted picture. Corrugated iron panels and repurposed wood add a farmhouse feel, with worn books, a carpeted staircase and glass bottles for a touch of old-world character. A big calendar downstairs has events handwritten on red-letter days. These may include the shows of musicians like Koos Kombuis and Albert Frost, which happen on Saturday nights, hosted by De Brasserij. (Bookings are essential.)

    And...
    It’s always buzzing, and they don’t take bookings except for specific Saturday night events, so arrive early.

    (October 2013)

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    Very well situated little restaurant, honesty there is no negative things about this little place except the food takes long sometimes bu what do you expect everything is made from scratch even the bread is made in the restaurant. I would definitely recommend this little place to anyone who loves a delicious breakfast and supporting home made cuisine.
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    Dit is een van die wonderlikste plekke om by te kuier. Kos is uit die boonste rakke, atmosfeer iets vanuit 'n ander wereld. Gaan kuier gerus daar. Dit is uit en uit die moeite werd.
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    Hard boiled scotched egg.. Ice cold! Really? Besides that nice place.

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    This place has a seriously stinky attitude to service. Visited as a family (only two of us had been before) and the waiter couldn't wait to rush through our orders even though none of us had a chance to read the menu (no doubt the rain outside and the long queue contributed to his demeanour). In the bathroom I was greeted by a very unpleasant smell and a waitress who looked me up and down while I washed my hands. At one point during our meal a waitress swooped past and leaned over us to pull a cup of sugar/sweeteners off the middle of our table, without saying a word. The best part was when we paid our bill, dawdled for 2 minutes and were asked to leave by a waitress (apparently on behalf of the manager). He/she obviously didn't have the guts to ask us personally. Will never return. Pity because the coffee was nice. The owner needs to go back to Ile de Pain in Knysna to remember what service is about.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dog-friendly
  • Live entertainment
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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