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“Lovely little restaurant and bakery”
Review of Ile de Pain

Ile de Pain
Ranked #1 of 3 Dessert in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: We are ile de pain 2.0, a team of authentic artisans and devoted individuals; foodies, fundis, artists, professionals and dreamers, all waiting to welcome you to our magical cafe. We are committed to honest food and superlative service, upholding heritage and embracing evolution, supporting traditional farmers and local suppliers, developing people and creating community. Our cafe dishes offer a superlative level of honest sophistication in flavour and creative visual presentation. Each dish is lovingly and mindfully prepared using simple, fresh and beautiful ingredients that we hand select. We bake bread - good, honest bread that tastes the way it ought to. Our patisserie creates rustic yet refined desserts that offer a balance of delicate and decadent. We cultivate relationships with valued local growers who produce in small quantities and are entirely devoted to their land and craft. ile de pain is a place to gather, making friends of strangers. We find our guests respond to the energy of the cafe, and in turn fill it with life, adding to the unique experience that it is. Our new light and airy, open-plan layout encourages patrons to witness our team at work and understand the way in which we lovingly prepare “real” food.
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Nice little restaurant in the Thesen Island part of Knysna. Food is really good and fresh (we like the olive platter) and bakery is also good. Nice coffee, too. Slightly odd system where they stop serving at 11.00 am, then don't start again until 11.30 - an absolutely rigid system! Also, no bookings, so OK in the winter, when it's quiet, but in the summer can be frustrating.

Thank David M
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

We decided to drive up to Knysna for breakfast with friends at Ile de Pain. We had been before and thoroughly enjoyed it. Knowing it is popular we were there at 08h00 as it opened. Within 30 minutes it was full.

The french toast, creme fraiche and berries was perfect and something to return for. The menu is varied and interesting. Prices are slightly above average but worth it. Coffee was strong and hot and helped end a great breakfast.

We bought a loaf of their signature Companje bread to take home. It never made it - it was gone long before.

Would strongly recommend Ile de Pain

Thank Andre H
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

I was absolutely delighted (despite getting wet in the pouring rain) to again experience Ile de Pain in Knysna.
We had the pizza which was perfection itself. Service was faultless - friendly and extremely obliging and accommodating. They even made a special coffee for me which had been taken off the menu - plus gave me half a slice of cake so I could take the other half home for later.
I am soooo happy they are open again! Thank you Wellington and the rest of the staff!

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Thank ormevse
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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

This rebuilt cafe has a lovely ambiance which is welcoming whether you're coming on your own or with a group of people. There are lovely little touches and flourishes in the decoration throughout the restaurant including the very cute bill tray.

The bakery stocks a very wide selection of bread, pastries and sweets however they are known to sell out so if you want the best selection then come earlier in the day.

The lunch was delicious. The cauliflower salad (served with optional chicken skewer) had a lovely balance of sweet, nuttiness and freshness from the roasted cauliflower to the fresh ribbons of carrots. A lovely warm salad for a rainy winters day.
The roast beef sandwich was also thoroughly recommendable.

The croissant (we took away) had almost perfect lamination and was lovely with jam.

The products and menu items are not cheap by South African standards but the price hike is justifiable given the high quality.

Thank Zach d
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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Opens from 08 00 to 15 00. We were there at 15 10 and they let us in to have something for take away. Well decorated and spacious. Had the croissant and opera. Simply delicious.

Thank Ritesh_Boochia
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