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Schoon De Companje (Previously De Oude Bank Bakkerij)

Schoon De Companje (Previously De Oude Bank Bakkerij)
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Cost
R70 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Bakery fare, Café fare, Deli fare, Light meals, Pizzas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
500

Critic's review

Ilse van der Merwe

Food
Since owner/baker Fritz Schoon opened this beautiful little (hidden) bakery off Church Street five years ago, his establishment has grown into one of the most popular eateries and must-visit establishments in Stellenbosch. With the addition of a wine shop, ice-creamery, pastry section, local beers on tap, fresh organic produce and dairy, coffee roastery, imported Indian furniture and fresh flowers, Schoon de Companje now occupies large street-front corner-premises and is a monument to artisanal collaborations.

At the heart of Schoon de Companje lies the original wood-fired oven bakery, Oude Bank Bakkerij. Fritz’s craft as a baker cemented him firmly into the Stellenbosch food scene and his dark sourdough loaves remains his signature product. The brunch menu showcases their breads and collaborative artisanal producers: creamy scrambled eggs on sourdough toast with smoked bacon and slow roasted tomato, brioche French toast with grilled apple and brie, clotted cream and buchu syrup, their ever-popular croque madame with roasted rustique and smoked pork loin, whole grain mustard béchamel, gruyere cheese and a soft poached egg.

Lunch items includes burgers, freshly baked margarita pizza and local produce platters. Or opt for a selection of French-style pastries with the quintessential “Schoon” twist of a little less sugar, very bitter chocolate and slightly darker pastry edges. Scoops of handmade ice-cream by Fanny Chanel complete the decadent picture.

Drinks
Coffees are beautifully crafted by dapper baristas and served in their signature Dutch-style decorated cups with wooden saucers. Choose from the “tea chest”, have a cold organic juice or order one of Fanny Chanel’s amazing milkshakes. Apart from a carefully selected wine list, guests are encouraged to take a trip upstairs and choose from 130 wines available from Hawk & Schoon’s wine shop, to be enjoyed with your meal at retail price; no corkage.

Service
Service has improved significantly. Guests are welcomed by a friendly host. Staff and waiters are friendly and attentive.

Ambience
The unique interior decor of Schoon de Companje is worth a visit in itself. Fritz’s mother, Jenny, was responsible for the exotic yet rustic appearance, featuring an eclectic mix of imported furniture, self-constructed cupboards and countertops made with reclaimed wood, and atmospheric vintage masterpieces. Browsing the shelves, nooks and crannies for the first time will leave you with a sense of magic and wonder.

And…
Don’t leave without a loaf of fresh bread from their shelves. You can also ask for half a loaf. It keeps for days, wrapped in cloth, and is the real deal.

(September 2016)

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  • Cathy Marston

    Food
    It’s all about the bread at Schoon de Companje. Yes, there’s ice cream and coffee and wine, but really, it’s the bread that’s the king. The menu is kept simple (actually, a few more sandwich ideas probably wouldn’t be bad) – choose your bread and then decide on your toppings from a range of spreads, cheeses, meats and salads. Brunch is served all day – which is great for late-risers – and also makes for interesting lunch options. Try the wild mushrooms with sour cream and sage on their signature sourdough toast, or go for the moreish bacon and leak hotpress sandwich with mustard cream cheese and baby spinach. If you want a platter to share with a friend, they have those too, and you can supplement with additional items from the menu. In the evenings, the offering is broadened to include pizzas and a few slightly bigger dishes. And make sure you leave room for their cake and ice cream. All in all, it’s a tempting palace of artisanal treats, with interest and excitement lurking around every corner.

    Drinks
    The Wijnwinkeltje upstairs stocks a small but very interesting selection of wines and you can buy any of them and enjoy them onsite for no corkage charge. If you want to order by the glass, there are various more unusual options available to choose from, and if beer is more your thing, there are plenty of craft choices. Great coffee is provided by the onsite Roosterij and they make their own syrups to add to soda – try the pomegranate and cranberry syrup for a refreshing and delicious drink.

    Service
    Service is brisk and efficient and there is plenty of it. Even though there are nooks and crannies all over the place, the staff never lose track of you and your meal. Complaints – if any – are swiftly and courteously handled, and product-knowledge is good.

    Ambience
    If the perpetual stream of customers is anything to go by, the expanded and revamped Oude Bank Bakkerij is clearly making locals happy. Stretching over two floors and around several quirky corners, there will always be a favourite table waiting to be discovered. There’s lots to look at if you’re on your own, with oodles of weird and eccentric décor items strewn everywhere.

    And …
    Live music on Saturday nights adds vibe to the proceedings.

  • Cathy Marston

    Food
    It’s all about the bread at Schoon de Companje. Yes, there’s ice cream and coffee and wine, but really, it’s the bread that’s the king. The menu is kept simple (actually, a few more sandwich ideas probably wouldn’t be bad) – choose your bread and then decide on your toppings from a range of spreads, cheeses, meats and salads. Brunch is served all day – which is great for late-risers – and also makes for interesting lunch options. Try the wild mushrooms with sour cream and sage on their signature sourdough toast, or go for the moreish bacon and leak hotpress sandwich with mustard cream cheese and baby spinach. If you want a platter to share with a friend, they have those too, and you can supplement with additional items from the menu. In the evenings, the offering is broadened to include pizzas and a few slightly bigger dishes. And make sure you leave room for their cake and ice cream. All in all, it’s a tempting palace of artisanal treats, with interest and excitement lurking around every corner.

    Drinks
    The Wijnwinkeltje upstairs stocks a small but very interesting selection of wines and you can buy any of them and enjoy them onsite for no corkage charge. If you want to order by the glass, there are various more unusual options available to choose from, and if beer is more your thing, there are plenty of craft choices. Great coffee is provided by the onsite Roosterij and they make their own syrups to add to soda – try the pomegranate and cranberry syrup for a refreshing and delicious drink.

    Service
    Service is brisk and efficient and there is plenty of it. Even though there are nooks and crannies all over the place, the staff never lose track of you and your meal. Complaints – if any – are swiftly and courteously handled, and product-knowledge is good.

    Ambience
    If the perpetual stream of customers is anything to go by, the expanded and revamped Oude Bank Bakkerij is clearly making locals happy. Stretching over two floors and around several quirky corners, there will always be a favourite table waiting to be discovered. There’s lots to look at if you’re on your own, with oodles of weird and eccentric décor items strewn everywhere.

    And …
    Live music on Saturday nights adds vibe to the proceedings.

    October 2015

  • 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

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    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)

User reviews

  • Ek was daar met die geboorte,en vandag met hulle hulp het dit bygedra dat Kaapstad die "BREAD CAPITAL OF THE WORLD" gekroon is.Die twee top brood verskaffers is schoon en Giovannis in Groen punt.Hou die vlag hoog ons booitjie van Kempton!
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  • Typical Stellenbosch, the ambiance is wonderful thanks the the European street feel when sitting down for a coffee and watching the people and cars pass. Typical however also to Cape Town, service isn't great, they are busy and you wait, always something to get used to at the coast. The food was wonderful, we had breakfast and I would suggest building your own, they had it spot-on with lovely fresh bread and eggs prepared quite to perfection. Great little Stellies gem.
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  • Shocking service. Should close its doors.
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  • What a lovely place with excellent service and the best coffee in Stellenbosch. Wonderful ambience and bread to die for! Our first but not our last visit. Try the chocolate bread sticks! Danie and Suzette
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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
  • Breakfast
  • Dog-friendly
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  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
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  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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