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SCHOON

SCHOON
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Cost
R82 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Bakery fare, Café fare, Deli fare
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No corkage fee

Critic's review

Greg Landman

Food
This very popular breakfast place is the home of some of the best breads and pastries you will eat in many a year. The pasteis de nata are superbly serious and intensely sweet and rich—as they should be-- but don't start there. Start with some excellent coffee-intense and packed with flavour. Go on to something like a large flaky croissant filled with creamy scrambled eggs and bacon, something which in Paris would be considered sacrilege but here in Somerset West is “heaven.” The smoked trout with spring onion and scrambled eggs on a mosbolletjie, light as a feather, makes things a lot more local or switch the whole thing around and have the same thing on crisp sour dough bread. Make sure you ask for the slow roast tomato confit to zoom it all up. Soft mielie pap with burnt honey butter is a favourite. Lunch will see the arrival of some delicious soups like spilt pea or roasted tomato but breakfast is numero uno.

Drinks
There is no alcohol at the moment and also no BYO but the fruit juices are brilliant with orange, pineapple and ginger taking pride of place.

Service
Friendly and laid back—no rushing.

Ambience
The place is tiny—7 tiny tables inside and similar outside. The freshly baked breads on the wall over the serving area are enough to drive you wild with desire if you are craving carbs at their best.

Best for...
Intimate breakfasts.

(2018)

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  • Jeanne Calitz

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    Seeing as this is primarily a bakery, the menu lends itself towards breakfast. Depending on your tastes, you may wish to sample the bone marrow on dark rye with blue-cheese cream and confit onions. Or perhaps you prefer your breakfast to be desert-adjacent? If so, try the mosbolletjie French toast with banana, cinnamon tahini and clotted cream. Go for the smoked salmon on rye with ginger-and-coriander ricotta, toasted chickpeas and mielies. Served with a scrumptious Hollandaise sauce – and, upon request, a softly poached egg – it’s perfectly proportioned. It’s also the best breakfast I’ve had all year.

    If you like your brekkie reasurringly familiar, order the soft scrambled egg on sourdough, with salmon or bacon, and slow-roasted tomatoes. Note that the bread menu alone is worth taking your time over. There are, for example, unique breads baked only on certain days of the week, like ‘corn porridge bread’ on Fridays, and mosbolletjie bread on Sundays.

    Or, if bread is not your thing, consider the za’atar-spiced bircher muesli with sour figs and honey, or the mielie pap with truffles and grana padano. It would be difficult to go wrong here.

    Drinks
    Schoon’s team pour a neat flat white, served in beautiful custom-made ceramic crockery. Also recommended is the fresh green juice with apple, lemon and mint – a tonic for the brain and the body. The hot chocolate is served as a smear of dark chocolate ganache, with steamed milk, and there is an item called ‘salted caramel malt pot’ that sounds like the ultimate cold weather comfort.

    Service
    Friendly and efficient. Several customers are greeted by name, which is always a good sign of an eatery’s local footprint.

    Ambience
    The café forms part of a building that also houses an estate agent and a wellness studio. It’s certainly not an obvious choice of location for a bakery, but searching for it is worth the effort. There’s some nice outdoor seating on the stoep, with a counter and high chairs overlooking the street. Inside, the feeling is industrial (untreated walls; steel-backed chairs) yet not cold, thanks to hints of leather, a fire burning in the hearth, and the friendly hiss of the coffee machine. Immediately upon entering is a wide, green-tiled sink with a copper tap and stylish glasses for guests to help themselves to water – a welcome touch.

    And…
    Do stock up on some pastries before you leave. The pasteis de nata is among the best I’ve ever had. Also wonderful is the seasonal friand with fresh berries. The coconut quidim (a custard tart) is beautifully fragrant, yet not too heavy or sweet. The kouignan is Schoon’s take on the French kouign-amann, which tastes like a happy hybrid of a muffin, croissant and cinnamon bun, and is an airy delight.

    (September 2017)

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User reviews

  • The best bread you could ever find , and the consistency is perfect
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  • In all sincerity, I keep on returning for the ambience, hot drinks (the salted caramel malt pot blew my mind this morning!) and fresh breads and pastries to go. I am, regrettably, yet to be wowed by a dish from the sit-down menu. That said, it's really all about the dough right! Which is always flawlessly fresh and delicious, and just makes you feel good. Service is really personal and friendly when it's not rush hour, and I love the idea of their "Bread of the Day" (a different artisanal bread made for every day of the week, excluding Mondays and Saturdays; but they serve their spread of "Daily Breads" every day of the week).
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
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  • Lunch
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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