The ever-changing menu offers a vast variety of breakfast options and a two-part ‘afternoon’ section with inventive sandwiches, rotis, quesadillas and wraps, and a range of bowl foods (salads, poké bowls and warm bowls).
As you’re swept past the jaw-droppingly beautiful cake display, remember this. You know how some people dress from the shoes upwards? Well, here you need to eat from dessert backwards. Or at least plan accordingly. Visitors bottleneck here, ogling cakes under giant cloches that deserve royal titles like Lady Gabrialla, Lady Bubbledot and Lady Humpty Dumpty (as well as their R80 price tags).
Breakfasts are show-stopping, all-day affairs. Start your day with something traditional (mosbolletjie beef and smoor), exotic (cardamom and nut French toast) or vegetarian (grilled shimeji mushrooms, brown rice and poached eggs). Even the trusted fry-up is transformed into salbitxada-drizzled quinoa cakes served with the famous P+J gingerbread.
For lunch you may gravitate towards the crackling-topped pork and sweetcorn poké bowl served on sticky rice and slaw (a very reasonable R110). The pork is melt-in-your-mouth good and so packed with flavour that there’s no need to involve the accompanying sriracha mayo and soy sauce. Another great choice is the teryaki marinated beef fillet served with peas, glazed beets, tatsoi, almonds and dates. It’s succulent and perfectly cooked. Portions are generous, leaving just a tiny spot for the Lady Patchouli caramel and guava cheesecake.
Expect a dizzying array of teas, coffees, raw juices, vegan smoothies, milkshakes and cordials. Their liquor licence is still pending so bring your own wine at a R40 corkage fee.
Service is efficient and friendly as you are greeted by the door and whisked off to your table. Expect things to be extra busy on Saturdays when you can’t book. However, you never wait too long to be seated and there's so much to look at while you wait.
Step inside the De Villiers family’s stylishly curated treasure trove and you’ll wonder for a moment if you’re in a cool Brooklyn warehouse or a whimsical Parisian café. You can tell that every single detail – down to the quirky lab beakers and nonchalant palm leaves - has been carefully considered for your pure enjoyment. Think worn Persian carpets, a mishmash of tables and chairs, chandeliers and cosy fireplaces.
Legendary weekend brunches with friends, a special working lunch or stocking up on some seriously Instagrammable sweet treats, flowers and freshly baked bread.
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Really nice place, but very relaxed trading hours and they are closed over the festive season WOW that is really strange for a restaurant. And the location is terrible with no parking but they have great food I must say and some nice items for sale
Stunning setup and gorgeous food
Dayna De Wet
Absolutely love this resturant! From food, drinks, cakes, to the ambiance, restaurant deco and vibe, everything is delightful. Lovely menu with many delicious, healthy options that are any foodies dream.
The place is great, really a hidden gem. The cake we had was incredible--the best I've had in a long time. The coffee was great and I loved the pottery cups it's served in. My one critique would be that my Americano was much too cold--the hot water and espresso were both obviously put in 2 cold cups (being winter), and so I had a rather warm coffee.
Unfortunately, the service is where they lost me. Upon walking into the restaurant, my wife and I weren't given a "welcome" but instead, we were abruptly told that they were closing the kitchen soon. While it's important to know that a restaurant is closing in 30 minutes, there's a more polite and professional way to say it. After asking when exactly, and if we could still get coffee and cake, we were taken to a table.
But apparently when the kitchen is closing in half and hour, it's chatting time for the waitresses. There was no one to take our order, so I had to go myself to the entrance, where 4 waitresses were laughing and chatting together.
After our cake and coffee was brought, the chatting circle of waitresses (now 5 staff members) decided to move away from the entrance and visit right next to our table. Not the greatest ambiance to enjoy a brief outing with one's family.
As I say, the food we ordered was fantastic, but if I'm to expect service like this, then Pajamas and Jam can not expect me to show up again, or recommend.
My most favourite place to eat and generally spend time at. It feels like home. Their array of cakes is something that has to be seen to be believed.
Always great. New products each time. Genius combos and tasty beyond imagination. Well done!
Carol du Toit
Who would believe that such a great place exists ... and thrives ... in a dodgy industrial area? If you're travelling through Somerset West and cursing all those slow traffic lights, just switch on your GPS and follow the directions to Pajamas and Jam. You won't be disappointed. It's exciting, trendy and buzzing. From the welcoming guy directing you to a parking spot outside, to stepping
into the coolest interior, you just know you're in for something special. Best smoothies in hipster containers, fabulous coffee, yummiest menu selection and a selection of cake to drool over. You'll be hard pressed to find somewhere so different. Go!
Good food. Great cake.
Christa Van der Linde
This is my favourite coffee shop. Food are excellent. Staff friendly. Freshly baked capes and tarts daily. Just love this place