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The queue of helmet-clad food delivery men immediately give a clue as to what food to expect for dinner: hearty comfort food based largely around carbs.
Knead has an extensive menu, offering everything from the likes of breakfast (omelettes, muesli bowls and eggs Benedict) and brunch (try the all-day breakfast pizza or mushrooms on toast), to light meals, burgers, pizzas and tacos. The pizzas are made on Italian pizza bases so don’t expect a round, perfect pizza. Rather, expect a free-form crisp base (so crispy!) with great flavours and fresh ingredients. The bacon, avo and tomato pizza in particular knocks it out of the park.
Look out for their weeknight specials: these include early-bird breakfasts (get a breakfast roll and coffee combo for R40 before 8am on weekdays); Taco Tuesday (all tacos R45), Burger Wednesday (all burgers R60) and Pizza Friday (all pizza R60).
Gluten-free and low-carb options are available for bread and pizza bases. Their gluten-free pizza bases are strong contenders for the best gluten-free pizza bases in town.
A comprehensive menu of the usual suspects. Expect craft beers, craft ciders and wines. A few flavoured teas grace the menu (including hot cross bun chai), as well as super lattes, milkshakes and ice frappes. Soya and unsweetened nut milk are also available at an extra cost.
Despite a somewhat empty restaurant, service is on the slow side. The kitchen appears to be rushing to get food delivery orders out, and the seated patrons are left to their own devices.
With industrial whisks as lamp shades, an open kitchen and a counter full of baked goods, the space lends itself to being enjoyed in sunshine or the early evening. Rather than settling in for an evening, go early (or for brunch) and people-watch in the outside courtyard.
Post-exercise brunch or early dinner with the family. Also a good option for takeaways.
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On a day with temperatures of 22 degrees in the enclosed outside area the manager decided to light a heater for a table who looked as if they had arrived from the beach. No other diners were asked if they minded. Three other tables had to change seats to avoid the blazing heat and when I complained the manager moved the heater, but even closer to my companion.
We left without finishing our coffee and the manager seemed completely disinterested. I love Knead, but will reconsider going there again.