Trendy Kloof ‘Eatery’ Street already has more than 30 restaurants, and has just added Molten Toffee Juice Bar & Coffee Shop, which opened on Monday. It is focused on offering Deluxe coffee, and a small selection of food items.
It was Molten Toffee following us on Twitter that attracted attention to them, and when I drove down Kloof Street on Friday afternoon, I saw a group of people outside the coffee shop, officially celebrating its opening. Massive orange balloons are still floating inside, matching the brass interior decor elements which were introduced by designer Leon Morland, who is an ad agency art director in his day job. Tim Church of Church Original Products, who created a brass- clad serving counter, the brass cone-shaped lampshades, the brass-edged clock, and the little brass buckets in which the bill arrives. He also designed the small square wooden-top tables, and the sweetest stools with seats that look like buttons. One can sit outside when it is not too windy, as well as at a window counter for which the window opens completely. Vases with orange proteas are on every table. On the walls they have smaller works of art called ‘Windows .03’, a collaborative art project by Black Koki, Ello Xray Eyez, and Jean de Wet, which are available for sale.
Unlike Chalk & Cheek up the road, Molten Toffee was buzzing with customers walking in continuously, making it difficult to ask questions, as friendly co-owners Cian van der Vyver and Robbi Gordick were constantly busy making juices from combinations of vegetables and fruit, and flat whites with Deluxe coffee, making a perfect first time cappuccino for me. I asked how they got to open a coffee shop, and they shared that both had a dream to run their own business. Cian had worked at Yours Truly higher up in Kloof Street, offering a similar concept of ordering coffee and juices at the counter, as well as the food. Robbi has worked in cafés, and has been a professional online poker player. What the two have in common is their like of gambling, they said, and the name they chose links to that, being rhyming Cockney slang for coffee.
They offer the most delicious croissants, plain, with chocolate, and with apples (R16), with light crispy and crunchy pastry, the best croissant I have ever eaten, choosing the apple one. Juices cost R30, and the coffee around R18. Cake pops cost R5, and slices of cake are on offer too. They offer basics such as toasted cheese, and it is likely that the selection will grow. They sell Kleinkloof extra virgin cold pressed olive oil, with brass colouring in the label, made by Morland, and Robbi offered a tasting of it.
Parking will be scarce on week days. Take-away coffees can be ordered, and one can take their food items home too, which was what I did with the croissant. Seeing how busy Yours Truly has become, it is likely that Molten Toffee will take off, with its friendly down-to-earth owners and excellent croissants.
Molten Toffee Juice Bar & Coffee, 45B Kloof Street, Cape Town. Tel (021) 422-2885 Twitter: @MoltenToffee Monday – Saturday, 7h00 – 17h00. Free wifi.