Due to popular demand, chef Martin Ferreira has expanded his pâtisserie shop, Café Patisse, into a fully fledged café in Wynberg, Johannesburg. After a recent Eat Out piece about noteworthy chef-owned pâtisseries in the city, Martin had a flood of new customers asking him to serve teas, breakfasts and lunches along with his delicate baked delights. At that stage he was making coffee at a counter while the guests sampled the outstanding selection of éclairs, chocolate cheesecake and strawberry frangipani tartlets.
After a speedy refurbishment, Café Patisse is now a wonderland with deep berry-coloured chairs at café tables, and all sorts of deliciousness on shelves, in jars, on cake stands and in frames. A glittering glass counter displays dozens of French-inspired items that vary depending on the season and what the team conjures up.
“Only four fifths of the pastries make it out of the kitchen – we eat the rest!” Martin reveals. “We have a lot of fun playing with new ideas.”
Starting the first weekend in July, from 8am until mid-afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays, you can veer off the highway at Wynberg to be welcomed in style for the full pâtisserie café experience. There are egg quiches, snail vol-au-vents, croquet madames, sweet delicacies and buttery-fresh hot croissants to accompany the French-press coffees or special teas.
Many would crown him as the éclair king, but Martin also turns out treats like glossy nut tart on pâté sucrée, orange gateau and the V8 cake entremet, featuring eight different layers of vanilla.
One of the blessings at Café Patisse is the smaller sizes, so you can sample many different treats – and you will. You could spend weeks going through the astonishing selection. And then, when you leave, fill a beribboned box with whatever takes your fancy. Martin takes orders for picnic high teas too.
See you there!