Ever since I experience Knead Bakery in Cape Town, I’ve been a fan. When I had the opportunity to pop in for a late breakfast, I was beyond excited. Knead is situated in the Legacy Mall section of Sandton City, near the Michelangelo Hotel entrance. It’s worth the walk to find it though. The look and feel is light and bright – a café more than another coffee shop in a city mall. For a moment, I did feel as if I had escaped Sandton City.
We ordered a cappuccino and a black coffee – as you do after a morning of sale shopping. We opted to sit near a window on the raised area so that we could observe and absorb Knead. A pet peeve is coffee served too hot and Knead gets the temperature just right. You can drink it as soon as it arrives at your table but it’s not cold – the perfect balance.
I knew we had to try something but we weren’t very hungry. Luckily they offer two board options which we decided would be a great option to share. As we don’t eat pork, we ordered the vegetarian board. The waiter asked if we would prefer the meat and cheese board and we explained that we don’t eat pork. He told us that it wouldn’t be a problem at all and they would substitute the pork with beef. It’s refreshing to find service that’s great and where the waiter gets involved with recommendations to ensure you have a good experience.
The board was a perfect portion for us to share. The bread was delicious and almost tasted as if it had just come out the oven. I’m torn between wanting more bread and being grateful that it was just enough. I do regret not taking a loaf home with me. Yes, you can order Knead bread and pastries to enjoy at home.
Knead Café and Artisan Bakery is welcome addition to the Joburg food scene. I’ll be back for breakfast and for lunch. There are many menu items that I cannot wait to try. And I think the meat board will be better with a beer than with coffee, sipped slowly as the hustle and bustle of Sandton passes you by.
Knead will see us again – for the delicious bread and the great service.
The contact details for the store:
t: 011 884 9449