The De Wet Centre’s courtyard, just off Church Street, is becoming home to a new, first-of-its-kind experience in Stellenbosch. At the hatch, a friendly barista serves great coffee and freshly baked croissants on the go. Enticing offerings like pork loin and gruyère croissants with wholegrain mustard or creamy caramel cronuts with salt and sugar spice may even encourage you to rest in the shade of the old oak trees for a moment.
I must admit I was a bit taken back at the size of this eatery, it is very quaint and cannot accommodate larger tables of 4 inside but they can make a plan at their outside seating.
They have a fire going in their winter days and its very welcoming when you step in from the cold.
Their coffee is absolutely delicious as well as their many different breads they have on offer- do yourself a favour and take a loaf home or any one of their decadent pastries on offer.
I went with the rye bread,poached egg,basil butter-which was life changing and bacon.Very standard offering and everything was done to perfection however my egg was ice cold.I tried to overlook it but it just ruined the whole meal for me.
My husband opted for the chicken mayo on a toasted baguette.The mayo was extremely runny so with every bite there was mayo everywhere.
Their staff are very friendly and very knowledgeable about all their products and willing to go the extra mile and accommodate you.
There is a new kid on the De Wet centre block, Schoon Croissant & Coffee bar. While the courtyard vibe is welcoming, the idea is not for you to get comfortable here, duly implied by sitting on a cut-off log. This is a hatch café signifying fast pace, however this is still lacking in the service department. The pricing is quite steep, and hopefully you reach the office before you realise how much your simple coffee (R27) and croissant (R30) cost you this morning.
However being on the go doesn’t mean I lose all my taste sensations, and this is where the problem comes in. Having had both a plain croissant with the ideal flakiness and butter sufficient to please Julia Child the heat regulation is definitely something still needing perfection with a few buttery black burn spots being ever present, perhaps one of the risks when things go on a larger scale as with Schoon. Venturing to the savoury side I tried the dukkha (not dukkah as per the menu) croissant bun, whilst the dukkha was indeed something unique and signatory the risk of using a whole-wheat grain when it comes to croissants was a definite miss, the utter lack of the buttery sensation promised with the word croissant was truly disappointing, let’s call a spade a spade, and perhaps a bun, a bun, and not go to loosely with the word croissant.
Let’s hope this is not just a venture hiding behind the SCHOON name and truly a first-of-its-kind experience, in a good sense, but unfortunately a mundanely average start to the day.