Saturday 15th April 2017 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
During the course of this week I had the idea to check out top outlets for their Easter food items, partly guided by their Facebook posts. I found five shops selling Easter biscuits and chocolate items, Four & Twenty Café offering by far the largest selection of Easter goodies, and the best quality items too. My Sugar offers the most creative Easter eggs.
Four & Twenty Café
I traveled with my guest Bella Bauer to Four & Twenty Café, our first stop, on Wolfe Street which runs alongside Maynardville. Its shelves were full of delicious Easter treats alongside regular pastry items, with decorative Easter items too. The Hot Cross Buns looked delicious, and we ordered one each with our cappuccinos, served on a wooden board each, with orange butter and honey, and a logo created with castor sugar on the board. They are by far the best Hot Cross Buns which I have ever eaten in Cape Town, filled with fruit.
We were super impressed with the Easter focus at Four & Twenty Café, not only in its Easter display on the pastry shelving, but also in sending an Easter Bunny biscuit with each cappuccino ordered.
I chatted to Four & Twenty Café owner Tracey-Leigh Genricks, and she showed me the special Tapas dishes which they sell, each filled with an Easter item. I also saw chocolate cupcakes with mini Easter Eggs.
Four & Twenty Café is operating throughout the Easter weekend, from 8hoo – 17h00 today, 9h00 – 16h00 on Easter Sunday, and from 8h00 – 17h00 on Easter Monday. 23 Wolfe Street, Wynberg. www.fourandtwentycafe.co.za
Black & Co
I had met sisters Natasha and Nadia Swart late last year, preparing food for their mother Debbie Hall-Reinders weekly Wednesday lunches at her bedding business in Tamboerskloof. The sister have set up Black & Co shop inside Constantia Fabrics on Constantia Main Road, Natasha preparing the savory dishes and Nadia the sweet treats. They offer a catering service, but also a sit down offering of coffees, cakes, and super spinach and feta tarts, chicken tarts, and beef lasagne, sold in individual portions to eat there or to take home.
They are selling decorative Easter bunnies, and we saw the most luscious and opulent chocolate brownies topped with mini Easter eggs.
Black & Co is inside Constantia Fabrics at 49 Constantia Main Road, Constantia. www.blackandco.co.za
The Bakery at Foxcroft is not the main focus of the restaurant. It was disappointing to see that the only Easter item available at Foxcroft was Hot Cross Bun macarons, despite it being such a creative idea, while ordinary Hot Cross Buns are for sale too. The macarons cost R15. They are also available in pink and white (sherry and vanilla tonka bean), and in green (Earl Grey tea and peach).
Foxcroft Bakery, High Constantia Centre, Constantia. www.foxcroft.co.za
I was very disappointed with the offering by Melissa’s for Easter, consisting of Easter Owls (yes!), Easter Eggs for hiding in the garden or home for the Easter Egg Hunt, and very large unattractive Hot Cross Buns!
Melissa’s Newlands, Kildare Road, Newlands. www.melissas.co.za
My Sugar is less about sugar, and is very much about chocolate. It has a very creative Easter offering, starting with their Hot Cross Bun filled with milktart! They also offer small Easter eggs with colorful decoration, another variation of Easter eggs looking like fried eggs, and large chocolate Easter eggs.
My Sugar is at 77 Regent Road, Sea Point. www.mysugar.co.za
We wish our readers an enjoyable Easter weekend with their friends and family, and safe travels.
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