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New Patachou brings perfect pâtisserie to another Johannesburg suburb

Fans of Patachou in Rivonia will be pleased to know that a new branch of the patisserie has opened on an attractive corner in Parktown North, linking together two restaurant streets already well known for great food.

Patachou is known for their glorious choux buns, and sweet treats. Photo supplied.

Patachou is known for their glorious choux buns, and sweet treats. Photo supplied.

Opposite the three Frenchmen at Patachou (chefs Patrick Moreau and Laurent Choukroun, along with the third director, Hugues Panassié) is a Parisian pâtisserie, Lila. The teams all know each other and love the proximity and their shared interest.

What’s different here at the Patachou in Parktown North is the open quality, quite unlike anything in a mall, and the family atmosphere (There are even baby chairs!) The kitchen is larger and there is room for a juice extractor to make just-fresh beverages.

Avoiding carbs? There are also some more virtuous breakfast options. Photo supplied.

Avoiding carbs? There are also some more virtuous breakfast options. Photo supplied.

The menu features the same wonderful all-day breakfasts such as croque monsieur and the spinach pot (chockful of cheeses, tomato and eggs), stuffed croissants and the must-have macaron frappe. There are magnificent salads and light lunch items, too. If you feel like a hamburger, it comes with exquisitely crispy potato croquettes.

The selection of pastries is pretty mind-blowing. Photo supplied.

The selection of pastries is pretty mind-blowing. Photo supplied.

But what you’re really here for is the seemingly never-ending selection of fabulous patisseries on display. Everyone has a favourite until they try the next one – and they seem to go on forever.

You can’t make a reservation at Patachou Parktown North, but if it’s full (which is often), the grounds are lovely and there is ample place to dawdle while you slaver in anticipation.

The new branch has a lovely shady deck outside. Photo supplied.

The new branch has a lovely shady deck outside. Photo supplied.

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