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“Wonderful lunch”
Review of Ile de Pain

Ile de Pain
Ranked #5 of 164 Restaurants in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, 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.
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Wonderful lunch”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

Small and buzzy with great service. We had the best sandwiches ever here! My roast beef was tender and succulent and they made the humble cheese and tomato toastie sing!! Really enjoyed our lunch here and it is situated in a perfect spot to explore Knysna and around.

Visited April 2014
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Northallerton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Ile de Pleasure!”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

Absolutely fantastic little restaurant! Great service and incredibly imaginative menu and the dishes definitely don't disappoint. The restaurant also has a bakery / deli section with tons of tempting treats. Highly recommended!

Visited April 2014
Thank Cinderella1301
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Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The best breakfast ever”
Reviewed April 11, 2014

Lovely beautiful restaurant, open and natural. Small but designer menu. Decadent chocolate croissants. The best I ever had. Food delicious and a lot of care taken to prepare. A must visit.

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Not sure it was worth the hype”
Reviewed April 10, 2014

The coffee was excellent but it was busy and a bit cramped. My breakfast was okay, my husband loved his choice. So unremarkable I can't even remember what I had! Service also not the best, quite unfriendly but it was nice to see the owner wandering around chatting to people.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Billythedog100
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Orlando, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
85 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“I wish I could give 10 stars!”
Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

Excellent little bistro with flavorful food, great atmosphere and good prices. This is a bistro so not a full course dinner type of place but it is simply NOT to be missed while in knysna! Service was excellent and clearly offered by employees that care about your experience. Fresh food with fresh ingredients! Sitting outside with great food on a beautiful South African day with good company was one of the highlights of our trip! Great little town with lots to see and do! Very safe walking around the marina area. While they are many food options around, nothing even compared to the flavors, freshness and quality of this little bistro. Can't wait to go back as this will be our first stop!

Thank brittwhitt
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