Ever since Loaves on Long first opened in 2015, it’s been a place that’s drawn me back to my favourite street in Cape Town like a warm, doughy magnet. I’ve found myself coming up with excuses to pop into town just so that I can also nip in and nab one (or more) of their crispy croissants or scrumptious sourdoughs.
Madame Baker, as owner Ciska Rossouw is known, has been in love with loaves almost all her life. Her first menu, which she drew up in primary school, featured a ham and cheese sandwich. The thing that makes her happiest is a simple snack of bread and butter.
And, once you taste her bread, you can see why. This is not your average artisanal bakery featuring fancy pants cruffin-nuts or rainbow unicorn cakes. This is serious bread, and it means business. When you bite into a slice and start chewing, you find yourself suddenly paying complete attention to the strength and quality of its flavours and textures. To me, Ciska’s bread is like an edible meditation.
Before starting Loaves on Long, Ciska was working at The Jordan Restaurant with acclaimed chef George Jardine. But, she’d always had the dream of opening her own restaurant. One day, driving past the historical old Collison’s building on Long Street, she simply knew it was the place her restaurant would be. The property owner liked her business plan, and the dream rose into a delicious reality.
The white tiled walls downstairs can talk – and they confirm that Ciska’s passion for all things baked and beautiful is infectious. “Best breakfast in Cape Town”, “Best ciabatta in Cape Town”, “The tastiest eggs benny I have ever had” and “Our favourite b’fast in Cape Town” say some of the messages left by patrons from around the world.
So, next time you’re in Cape Town’s coolest street, don’t miss the chance to enjoy its best bread and breakfast.
Loaves on Long is at 33 Long Street. It’s open 6:30 to 17:00 on weekdays, 8:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays and is closed on Sundays.