île de païn used the word artisan to describe their bread long before the term was adopted by the Hipsters among us.
Getting there: Entering Knysna on the N2 from George, turn right at the first traffic light onto Waterfront drive, at the second traffic light turn right onto Long street. The road takes you across the water to Thesen Island. Continue until you get to a four-way stop. Ile de païn is just across the stop on the right hand side, in the Boatshed, under the big coral tree.
Having worked in the restaurant trade for many years, I am not a big fan of eating out. When I do, I normally settle for a Spur Burger or a pizza at Col ‘Cacchio.
Every-now-and-then I am a little less boring and venture forth to try something new. Sometimes it is a location that inspires me, sometimes it is rumours of an establishment that is truly exceptional.
In the case of île de païn, it was both.
Leanne and I bake fresh bread with store-bought dough each weekend (we plan to make our own dough soon). Nothing beats the unmistakable aroma of bread baking in the oven.
We had originally planned to go for breakfast, but arrived just as the kitchen stopped serving the breakfast menu, so waited about 10 minutes with delicious Café au Laits until the waitress returned to inform us that we could order from the lunch menu. Leanne had a delicious filled croissant, and I ordered an open sandwich topped with rare roast beef.