Bakeries are probably the happiest places in the world. The smell, the taste, the freshness.. it just makes people happy! Especially when bakeries are situated on such cool locations as Jason’s Bakery on Bree Street (Cape Town), they are an absolute hotspot in a town or village. When you enter the building of Jason’s, your senses will overtake your brain. You just want to order (and eat!) it all: Croissants (where they are famous for), Pain au Chocolat, sourdough, Ciabatta, fried eggs, salmon, tomato, bacon, Chorizo. Sweet treats like a Doughssant (a merge between donut and croissant), Pasteis de Nata (the Portugese custard tarts), carrot cake, cranberry Danish or sticky buns. Breakfast dishes like The Bomb (Bacon, Emmenthal Cheese, Poached egg on a croissant – R45), or Paratha (Wholewheat Indian flat bread filled with curried potato & peas, poached egg, chard, lemon pickle, mango atchar and cumin yoghurt – R60). For the sweet breakfast tooth you can order Challah (Jewish bread) French Toast with honey roasted stone fruit, mascarpone and vanille crème – R70. If you are on the run just grab a coffee to go with an Almond Croissant (R25) – they are fantastic.
When you visit Jason’s during lunch hour order one of their sandwiches, for example The Charmoula Lamb (Roast leg of lamb, pickled aubergine, preserved lemon, rockets, olives and Labneh – R85) or the Sushi (Smoked Norwegian Salmon with wasabi mayo, pickled ginger, cos and sesame seeds – R75). And what about The Cuban (Pulled pork shoulder, Emmental, hickory ham, gherkins and mustard served on toasted pan Cubans – R68), the Cheese & Tom Toastie (Mozzarella di Buffalo with Tabasco oven-dried rosa tomatoes R52) or an Asian green teriyaki chicken salad – R80? This place makes me greedy and I just like everything on their menu.
You could say Jason’s is more than a bakery. It’s a place where you can sit down for a scrumptious breakfast or lunch, read the newspaper, have an interesting conversation with someone you don’t know. It’s a positive, happy place. And most of all; It’s a foodie heaven. And they do excellent take aways, too. I wish we had a Jason’s Bakery in Franschhoek (or maybe better not).
185 Bree Street
Open Monday – Friday 07.00 – 15.30 and Saturdays and public holidays from 08.00 – 14.00. Take away menu only Monday-Friday.
Sundays: Go somewhere else!
*Note: I have not been payed or asked to write about Jason’s Bakery. We paid the bill ourselves and all photos are mine.