Schoon De Companje

Schoon De Companje
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  • Location +27218832187
  • Phone Number Corner Bird and Church Street, Stellenbosch, Cape Town
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    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)

Comfy & casual
Bakery, Bistro, Café, Deli, Pizzas

Critic's review

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.

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

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.

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.

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)

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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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