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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of those gems that should not be kept a secret. Every pastry that walks out of Doreen’s kitchen is a taste sensation and a work of art. The ingredients are all carefully sourced and the skill of perfection is in the tasting....It’s everybody’s favourite meeting place for business or otherwise . It’s big enough to have privacy as it has three different areas and on a warm day the courtyard is a reminder of the historical charm in Simonstown buildings.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 24 November 2023

We stopped in here for a treat of hot beverage and cake. The decaffeinated latte and hot chocolate were excellent and the homemade cheesecake was delicious. Service excellent and friendly. Lovely courtyard at the back. Plenty of seating inside and out.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 23 February 2023 via mobile

On your right, as you first drive into Simonstown from the Chapman’s Peak end, this place is delicious ! OK - it could do with at bit more style and atmosphere once inside, but there’s no doubting the taste & quality of the goods on...offer ! The homemade lemonade - tangy and a definite thirst quencher - was a hit and the chocolate creation was only marginally eclipsed by the excellence of the custard tart ! Friendly and attentive service sealed the deal !More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 10 January 2023

This is a great little spot for coffee and some naughty treats. They have breakfast and light lunches as well, but we didn't try those.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 28 December 2022 via mobile

We had breakfast and best pastries I have eaten! They are pretty busy so relax and a dose of patience is helpful. All ladies, serving and behind the counter were super friendly. Suggest go early in the morning to miss the crowds in peak season

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 6 December 2022

We often go to this place on our way after a nice long walk in beautiful Simonstown and environs. The pastries are absolutely wonderful - world class in presentation and flavour. The service from the ladies at the counter/coffee station , on the other hand...is abysmal. They do not welcome one, in fact they are downright off hand and rude. They seem to not want to be disturbed at all. When having breakfast, the ladies who serve the tables are very nice and go as fast as they can, but it always takes a long time.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 27 April 2022

We went there for a breakfast. We sat down in front by the window display and two ladies behind the counter ignored us. We had to wave at them to get them to come over. I asked them if it was self service and they...looked confused. Anyway we ordered and waited & waited & waited. I counted the customers - 3 tables and a total of 8 customers. We ordered an omelette and eggs benedict. We also had a tea and coffee. At no stage did they ask if we need a refill or if we were enjoying our meal. They stood behind the counter counter and chatted the whole time. Again we had to wave like mad to get our bill. At R280 we were a bit surprised. On looking closer we discovered that the coffee was R55 and the cheese for the omelette was an extra R28! There were no menus, just a badly presented chalkboard which we had to get up and read on the other side of the shop. The sign was behind a table with two customers which made us all a bit uncomfortable. The walls and light fittings had not been cleaned in years (thick dust) and the place felt dirty. Overall a rip-off, terrible service and bad experience. There was no sign of a manager/owner to complain to. When I asked about seeing a manager the two staff they just shrugged and said nothing. What a disappointment as the little town is lovely.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 15 January 2022

Very good quality food! not to mention the world class cakes and pasteries, one of the best eateries in Simon's Town!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 24 March 2021

I went to try this place after members of my family gave it a rave review as a place for breakfast. Up front I will say that the eggs benedict and coffee that I had very very good and were produced reasonably quickly. But the...whole thing was spoilt by the fact that the staff seem to think that wearing masks is not really necessary. Staff working at food counters, carrying food to tables and putting out pastries for sale were either wearing no masks at all or had them pulled down. I asked one lady who served me to put her mask on and she did but 3 minutes later it was off again as she worked at a food counter. What is more there was no sign of any sanitisier anywhere in the restaurant. This is the reason for my poor rating - the owner / manager needs to discipline his staff on Covid related matters very quickly.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 20 February 2021 via mobile

We had terribly slow service so slow a table next to us left. When we did get to put in our order we didn’t get half of what we ordered or it was wrong. Food that was advertised was not available. We chose this place...because it got such good TripAdvisor reviews and this kinda of thing makes me lose hope in TripAdvisor as a platform. Who is rating this restaurant terrible management. Can you teach your servers how to write down orders if they can’t remember. It was almost unreal as to how many items were never delivered. Highly recommend you choose anywhere else.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 3 January 2021

Beautiful moist choc cake, very good coffee. Very friendly staff. Only downside, small outside eating area, close to commuters. Takeaways are well boxed and hygiene is top notch. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 15 August 2020 via mobile

Yummy pie followed by a delicious lemon curd cake. Be quick before they sell out! A perfect little unpretentious patisserie.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 6 March 2020

From the outside this looks like any other Cafe. This all changes when you examine the array of Sweet and Savoury pastries on show -all baked daily. Visiting later in the day can be a problem as a lot of favourites are sold out. There...is nothing to equal this venue in the western cape or indeed a lot of other countries either.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 3 March 2020

This is a regular stop for us when driving round the Cape via Simons Town. They do tend to sell out early so be quick. Fantastic home made cake and pastries that we take out. A little pricey but you get what you pay for.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 1 March 2020

We make a point of visiting this little cafe every time we are in Cape Town and have never ever been disappointed. From a simple dish of scrambled eggs, to their supreme lamb pie, and all the exquisite pastries and cakes to chose from, we...have enjoyed every morsel of their very delicious fare. You won't find better in Cape Town at the price, so if you are in Simonstown that should be your food destination,More

Date of visit: February 2020
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