Sweet Bliss at the revamped Bakery at Jordan
If you love a great pastry, then you need to put The Bakery at Jordan on your baked-goods-bucket-list immediately. The new bakery has just been re-launched under the Jordan portfolio and has an exciting new menu, packed with delicious food that you simply have to try.
The view from the bakery on a crisp winter’s morning is truly a celebration of the Winelands. Whether you are seated inside or out on the expansive deck, every angle overlooks the dam – with ducks paddling about, the farm dogs lolling in a sliver of winter sun and the vineyards all around, it really is picture perfect.
The menu has been given a refreshing overhaul – visitors can expect great options for lunch such as the Prospector Burger. This signature burger, named after Jordan’s flagship Syrah, features a Chalmar beef patty, sandwiched between a brioche bun and topped with horseradish crème fraîche, red-wine braised onions, Boerenkaas and bacon jam. Of course, best enjoyed with a glass of that Syrah. Other menu items include Confit Chicken Leg with Black Truffle Mash, Grilled Chalmar Steak with (incredible) thrice-cooked chips and the Anker Ale Battered Hake. To go along with your hake, you can have a draught of Anker Bier – this is the only place, other than Den Anker itself, where you can enjoy this craft beer on tap.
Of course, this is a bakery first and foremost and the smell of freshly baked ciabatta and rows of crafted pastries will have you positively salivating. In the kitchen Chef Honey creates the food, but the bread section, also known as Hatley’s Corner, is manned by Hatley and his assistant bread maestros, and the pastries are the work of Chef Michelle. Sample a simply silken and zingy lemon tart or an utterly decadent chocolate ganache tart – either will leave you in a state of sweetened bliss. There are also carrot cupcakes, complete with orange mascarpone frosting, beetroot brownies, homemade fudge and more. If you have a sweet tooth you’ll be hard pressed not to find something to fall in love with. You can also enjoy a cup of freshly brewed Legado, coffee, which is roasted locally in Stellenbosch.
If you feel like something lighter you can opt to try one of the platters – there is a cheese or a mezze option on offer. Platters feature local cheeses and cured meats, Jordan Estate olives, preserves and dips, and of course, freshly made breads.
The bakery also has a small retail section, so to accompany your take-home sourdough or pastry-for-later you can also pick up estate-grown olives, pickles and preserves or even a nifty apron for yourself or as a gift.
The ambience at The Bakery at Jordan is as you would expect from its surroundings, relaxed and inviting and full of the promise of delicious food and sweet treats, and it delivers on all fronts.
You would not be judged for arriving for breakfast at the bakery (try the potato and kale cake served with avo, halloumi and a poached egg), moving over to wine tasting mid-morning and then back to the bakery for lunch. It can easily turn out to be an all day food and wine experience and will certainly be a satisfying way to spend your time.