Glenda Lederle, best known for The Patisserie in Illovo, has recently opened up another gem in Hyde Park. The café-style eatery offers a seasonal menu, from delicious lunches to breakfast and bar snacks for after-work drinks. Brunch on smashed avocado toast garnished with chilli flakes and lemon or your choice of scrambled, poached or fried eggs.
If you’re lunching in a group, the rotisserie chicken (for two or four) is always a good idea. It’s served with stuffing, roast potatoes, gravy and salad. A jug of mimosa or Bloody Mary is always a good idea. And if you’re on a solo mid-week session and hungry, try the duck and waffles, which almost looks too pretty to eat and is served with a fresh slaw.
The salt and pepper calamari is crispy perfection and just the right sized starter portion for the peckish. A pineapple-chilli sauce complements the dish rather nicely. Other notable menu options include the artichoke gratiné, salmon fishcakes and Stilton leek tart. Bar snacks on offer: potato fries with umami mayo, cheesy choux puffs, crispy chicken wings and more.
The concept of creating bar snacks for those afternoon drinks sessions makes Glenda’s a great addition to the popular commute route that is Jan Smuts. For those who aren’t imbibing, there’s a selection of teas, coconut water, hot drinks and cold drinks, which can be enjoying on the outdoor patio or in the Choux Choux Lounge indoors. Highly recommended on the cocktail menu: the pink tiki, comprising dark and light rum, pineapple and orange syrup and five spice.
Prompt and friendly service whether you’re seated inside or outside. You’ll recognise quite a few familiar faces from neighbourhood restaurants.
From the moment you set foot into the restaurant, you are immediately transported into what feels like a mad hatter’s wonderland. There are murals of birds and bright flowers, counter tops filled with glass-encased baked goods and a lounge where patrons enjoy flutes of bubbly.
Get your sweet treats to go – the takeaway patisserie counter is called “Dotty Choux” and, of course, specialises in choux pastry.
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Glenda Lederle has waved her culinary magic wand once again to enchant Joburgers in Hyde Corner on Jan Smuts Avenue. Many years ago, Glenda ran the beloved Patisserie in Illovo before opening up Katerina’s restaurant at Kurland Estate outside of Plettenberg Bay. In the last few years she’s been travelling and working through Europe and America, with her adventures culminating in the opening of Glenda's.
It's really quite an enchanting space – but what makes it even more difficult to leave is the delicious food. The breakfast menu delivers the goods, with traditional dishes like poached eggs, ‘eggs in purgatory’ (eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce with sourdough toast and coriander), and All-Bran served with a jug of milk and sliced bananas, as well as signature dishes like the grapefruit carpaccio with pistachio, labne, pomegranate and rose syrup. All breads, tarts, pies, croissants, muffins and desserts are made on the premises, and taste fresh and original.
The stilton leek tart (R65) makes for a pleasant starter and the portion is just the right size, leaving some room to indulge in a main course afterwards. There’s some kale in the tart, making the flavour combination quite delightful for those who love their greens, which I do.
Another recommended item is the unusual salt-and-pepper calamari with pineapple chilli (R65). For mains, I love the salmon cake (R150), which is served with spinach, capers and rocket mayo. The mayo makes the meal unique in taste and presentation; it tastes as good as it looks, with the various flavours perfectly complementing each other.
I also try the wonderful artichoke gratin with French bread and rocket (R95). It’s quite rich in flavour, with the artichokes beautifully cooked and complemented by the strong cheese flavour. Prices overall are quite reasonable with mains ranging from R95 to R170 (steak and chips, or rotisserie chicken for two). There are also bar snacks such as crispy chicken wings and cheesy choux puffs for those who just feel peckish. Dessert is R65 and includes options like orange trifle, vanilla flan and chocolate parfait with homemade ice cream, amongst other delicious-sounding treats.
There's a wide selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, with the traditional range of hot caffeinated beverages, teas and cold drinks. I have a cappuccino (R22), which was perfect for the June Joburg weather. They also offer a selection of red and white wine, rosé, cocktails, draughts, and some sauvignon blancs and chenin blanc available by the glass.
While the closing times for the kitchen (2pm) may be somewhat limiting for those who would prefer a much later lunch, the establishment does open for supper later on in the week from 6pm. Also, although the kitchen may be closed, the restaurant remains open for drinks at Choux Choux lounge, where you can quaff champagne and indulge in the type of melt-in-your-mouth pastries that made Glenda one of Joburg’s most loved pastry queens.
Glenda and her team are warm and friendly, and treat all guests like regulars.
Entering the high-tea-themed restaurant feels like being transported to one of Enid Blyton’s magical faraway lands, thanks to the fantasy-garden-themed décor of with mural paintings of flowers and birds, teal-coloured couches, pink sofas and white tablecloth-covered square tables with their dainty cutlery and glass vases bearing real roses. Large windows, skylights and mirrors welcome plenty of light inside. While the great décor, music, and delicious, lovingly prepared food make this an appealing spot, it’s the overall warm atmosphere and hospitality that will keep you coming back.
Stopping to grab some pastries after work at the Dotty Choux, the restaurant’s takeaway counter, is not a bad idea. The eatery is open 7am to 5pm Monday and Tuesday, 7am to 10pm Wednesday to Saturday, and 8.30am to 1.30pm on Sunday.