Quite a while ago, I reviewed Loaves on Long for their bread and lunch menu. Back then, they were still busy acquiring a liquor license, and were planning to expand their restaurant hours till the evening, including the additional dinner items, drinks, and live music.
A quick refresher: Loaves on Long is a quaint little eatery on lower Long Street, run by the former head pastry chef of Jordan Wine Estate, Ciska Rossouw. Their focus is on home-made and fresh produce, sourced from the best local producers and farmers, and it definitely shows. They almost make everything themselves, from the bread, the cured meats, the jams and even the cheeses. It’s one of those unique places that offers you the best in homemade quality, a countryside approach to something rarely found in Cape Town’s city center.
Last Friday, I had the opportunity to try their evening experience, with a dinner organised by fellow foodie @ILoveFoodies, including many food reviewing friends.
Loaves on Long transformed its cute light lunch place into a cozy warm candlelit dinner space, and we had a lovely acoustic singer accompany us with soothing tunes. The low light really enhanced the atmosphere while the open balcony doors provided a cooling summer’s evening breeze.
For starters, we were treated with a sharing plate of cured meats, cheeses, fresh bread (their forte) and homemade pestos. Once we all had a taste of the great tapas, the plates were finished in no time. For the mains, we all shared two types of delicious, thin-crusted pizza: the home-cured (yes!) spicy chorizo with roasted bell pepper and feta, and the roast chicken with smokey BBQ sauce and red onion. As a side, we were treated with a watermelon and feta salad. Finally, for our dessert, we had a chocolate brownie milkshake. I’m going to let the photos do the rest of the talking.
At the end of the evening, I saw my friends leave with full bellies and smiles of satisfaction, and I’d like to thank Loaves on Long for the beautiful evening. They really know how to provide a cozy evening, and I am incredibly impressed by the quality of ingredients they use in their food. This is what happens when a chef with a passion for quality and a love for fresh produce designs a menu, and with great service (we had a superb waitress!) and a homey atmosphere this is definitely a place you shouldn’t miss.
Loaves on Long (Website)
33 Long Street, Cape Town