I had read about a gorgeous place for breakfast and coffee in Muizenberg so we set aside an hour or two on Saturday morning only to find it only opened at 10am and with it being 9.10am we were forced to abandon that place and opted instead for Knead. What a bonus that was! I knew Knead made good breads and I was aware of the fact that one could get a pizza there but I was not aware of just how lovely it was!
The Knead in Muizenberg is slap bang next door to the Empire Building and looks out over the beach. The Cape Town weather this weekend was nothing short of inclement so although there are a number of tables outside, and for wintery days, protected by plastic awnings, we opted to grab a seat at one of the ‘bar’ tables so we could still enjoy a view of the sea.
The inside of the building is very art deco – the pillars are covered in mirrored mosaics, the floor is brown and white chequered tiles and the walls are a beautiful pistachio green. It was all very pleasing on the eye and more importantly, it was warm inside!
Although we arrived early a number of tables had been taken and it got progressively busier as the morning wore on.
The food is delicious. I chose baked beans on toast, just for a change, and it was great. Not the conventional beans on toast, these were kidney and baked beans in a tomato sauce served with roasted tomato and red onion on a thick slice of sour dough bread. Pure perfection! My husband had scrambled eggs on rye bread with bacon, roasted tomatoes’ and mushrooms.
Other items on the menu are open sandwiches, bread boards, pizzas and then one has the option to choose freshly baked croissants and other pastries. The ideal accompaniment for a coffee!
Knead has my vote – I can’t wait to go back on a summers day!
Contact & Address
Knead Bakery, Surfers Corner, (Corner of Clarendon and Beach Roads), Muizenberg, Cape Town
Telephone: +27 (0)21 788-2909
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KNEAD BAKERY IN MUIZENBERG Your service sucks!!!!!
On Saturday 14/04/2012 @ about 7h05 my husband and I arrived at the beachfront and enquired as to when the bakery opened. we were informed that it opens for take-away @ 7h30 and for sit-down @8pm. We decided to walk around until 7h30. At 7h36 we re-entered the bakery and were told by the waitor? that they were not ready yet. when we asked what they had to sell the same waiter pointed to the display window. He disappeared to the outside. While he was outside we saw a young white man eating something and asked him what it was and where he bought it. He said it was a chocolate croissant and that he bought it at Knead! We called the waitor and asked if we may also have a choc croissant (we were also going to buy a rye and white loaf). He turned to the baker and asked if the croissants were ready. In the meantime a white lady entered the shop and he just left us to assist this lady who bought three choc croissants, a cinnamon roll and some other things. Stunned, I waited for him to finish serving the lady and then queried and complained about his service. While I am still talking, he turns to his fellow employees and has a conversation with him in which they exchange some money!!! The time now was 8h05. I had just wasted an hour of my life waiting to be served in a bakery that clearly does not value a non-caucasian customer like me!
We then, very unhappy, left to go to a bakery in Kalk Bay named Olympia Cafe. Just having experienced such insulting service in Muizenberg, we were a bit wary to enter the Cafe. As we entered the waitress approached us with a beautiful welcoming smile and asked where we would like to be seated. Some of the staff behind the counter (preparing the food) waved at us and others nodded, all very welcoming. Everything in this cafe is excellent, from the staff, to the service and respectful attitude, to the food… OMW! the food is excellent and reasonably priced. I did not even feel like leaving the Cafe. I will definately go back to the Olympia Cafe – it was definately worth our while to drive from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay… and helped in some way to remove the bad taste in my mouth of the experience we had in Muizenberg at the break of day.
Thank you for opening Knead in Newlands – love you for that.
Hope you will enjoy the area and the customers. I’ll see you soon.
Good luck with your new bussiness!