This lovely little artisan eatery is the most recent addition to the Long Street scene, and it certainly has the potential to be an absolute delight (especially to staunch carb lovers such as myself). I popped in for lunch last week and was immediately taken with the elegant, rustic decor,enticing displays of bread and cinnabuns (I’m going to have to take Tom to try one – they’re his favourites), and the simplicity of the menu.
I like places that stick to what they specialise in and keep it simple – and Loaves does just that. The menu boasts an array of sublime sounding sandwiches (I’ll be back to try the pork belly one soon), and there’s also a mouth-watering lunch menu with treats such as a beef burger with a home-made bun and smoked tomato sauce, and hake curry with prawns and vetkoek, if you’re looking for something a bit more fancy than a sarnie.
Aimee met me for our weekly lunch (my Thursday highlight) and we both ordered the wild mushroom soup with sautéed mushrooms and goats cheese croquettes. All the mushrooms were foraged from Newlands Forest and the croquettes sounded delicious so we suspected we were in for a treat.
Unfortunately, the food took a little too long to get to us and we were beginning to stress about getting back to our respective offices by the time our soup arrived so we had to wolf it down pretty quickly. It was absolutely delicious though – the croquettes were crispy and stuffed with melted cheese and mushrooms and the soup itself was moreish and packed with earthy, beautiful flavour.
The bread accompanying the soup was also divine. It’s evident that only the best stone ground flour is used, and the masterful skill of the baker transforms an ordinary loaf into something far more memorable. The location of the restaurant is also quite special – it’s housed in the H.C. Collison Building on 33 Long, whose ancient stone walls now hold the fresh, fragrant smell of baking bread – my favourite smell in the world.
All in all, I think Loaves is a wonderful addition to the Long Street restaurant clan. The food is tasty, the bread is gorgeous and the staff are friendly. It’s certainly the ideal spot for a bit of weekend leisurely luncheoning and some good old-fashioned indulgence. In summer time I’m looking forward to sitting on the balcony that overlooks the street and tucking into all manner of freshly baked delights.