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The Glenwood Bakery

The Glenwood Bakery
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Cost
R60
Ambience
Coffee, Quick meals
Food
Bakery fare, Café fare, Coffee
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
BYO No Charge

Critic's review

Nicola Ashe

Food
This is a working bakery and that takes precedence over the restaurant, which has strict menu times and days. And for good reason – this popular artisanal bakery keeps the city well-fed, supplying to both the man on the street and local eateries. Their flour is all locally sourced, stone-ground and unbleached, and the bread varieties produced are all hand-formed, slow-fermented and baked in a hearth oven. What results is bread from the gods and, any which way you cut it, you’ll experience a little slice of heaven.

A breakfast menu is available all day during the week, with a regularly changing lunch menu available from 10am. Expect to find a small selection of salads, toasties and pizza alongside pastries and bagels, and over the weekend eggs Benedict or royale make an appearance. The Catalan baguette is heavenly, with its soft pillowy inside rubbed in tomatoes that have been marinated in olive oil and garlic, then filled with coppa ham and mature cheddar. Other options included an Armenian lamb mince pizza dotted with minted yoghurt and herb salad, or the Spanish bocadillo which teams potato tortilla and chorizo on a ciabatta roll.

Make sure to leave laden with something fresh for home – there's a fantastic regular repertoire of bread, as well as crunchy parmesan grissini, Lebanese lavash flavoured with paprika and poppy seeds, sourdough loaves, salty rye and seed crackers and a selection of pastries baked daily – you won’t go wrong with a generously filled Belgian pain au chocolat. Plus you'll be able to pick up a variety of specialised sourdough, challah or focaccia on certain days.

Various baked goods will round off the meal for those sweet of tooth, with financiers proving a huge hit, as well as homemade ice creams. Flavours change regularly and could include salted caramel, ruby grapefruit or ginger. The latter is an unctuous triumph dotted with large chunks of chewy ginger.

Drinks
A succinct list of coffees, teas and cold drinks, including a house-made kombucha.

Ambience
A cosy cluster of tables inside the bakery, which spills out onto the pavement. This is a working bakery, so you'll be tempted by the smells of fresh bread and baked goods exiting the ovens. It serves as a vibey hangout for locals.

Service
This small, friendly team is helpful and welcoming – they know the regulars by name.

Best for…
A lazy brunch with friends, or on your own with a good book – they’ll actually leave you alone to enjoy yourself.

(2018)

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User reviews

  • An absolute must / always - from their early morning bakery smells, mid morning breakfasts and their great ambience pizza nights, Glenwood Bakery is consistently good!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Food
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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