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One of the best cheese shops in the city has an adjacent coffee shop with the cheesiest meals in the hood.
As the name suggests, cheesy goodness is a regular feature in most of the dishes. There are lots of vegetarian options, marked V, and any dish marked with a B can be requested as a banting meal. Cheese Gourmet serves familiar café fare and is a convenient spot for something simple and light. If you can’t resist eggs with a side of dairy, try the cheese duo frittata, topped with gruyère and mozzarella, or trout scramble with a large dollop of crème fraîche and capers on top of your scrambled eggs.
Quick and easy meals include a cheeza treat – spicy chorizo, artichoke and olives on rye bread, covered in cheese sauce. There’s also the fungi trio, which is served on half a panini with mushrooms and a trio of cheese or grilled baby camembert. It comes topped with a fig-and-onion compote and a side salad. For something more filling, choose from the sandwich bar, burgers or platters made using South African cheeses and served with bread, pickles and homemade chili jam.
Finish it all off with a fat slice of cake from the cake table – there’s chocolate, carrot, baked cheesecake, baklava cheesecake or apple-and-cranberry tart.
It’s a coffee shop, after all, with the usual hot beverages like coffee and tea. They do make a rather good cappuccino. They don’t serve alcohol, but you’re welcome to bring your own at no extra charge.
Friendly and very accommodating. Let them know if you’re in a rush and they’ll point you in the direction of dishes with a shorter waiting time.
It’s an unfussy, unpretentious coffee shop that’s likely to become your regular haunt if you live close by. It’s a popular spot with indoor and outdoor seating, but the latter is hard to come by, even when it’s cold.
The cheese deli attached to the restaurant is the Cheese Gourmet’s biggest claim to fame and stocks over 150 cheeses, along with preserves, cold meats, olives, pickles, chutney and breads. Here you’ll find every type of cheese that you can and can’t imagine.
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I emailed them about getting some buffalo mozzarella and had a response within minutes! I am so excited to go and try all the different cheeses! The menu looks incredible!
Had an awesome Bastille Day dinner with French wines matched to each course. Well done Jo and Brian and Phillipe who added just enough French joi de vivre...great night out!