“Pancakes” greeted the sign on the doorstep – nothing could be more inviting on a chilly, rainy morning in Hazelwood. We were lured in by a French melody infused with the aroma of freshly baked delicacies. A grey day called for nestling upstairs. An intimate, cosy room overlooking the village is reminiscent of a loft apartment above a boulangerie en France. Menus are amended daily and Sundays offer clients a “harvest table” to select only the freshest, locally produced ingredients. The offering of the day was a Mexican variety alongside Belgian and savoury waffles, flourless chocolate tiramisu cake, chocolate fondue and hot chocolate shots. The velvety, rich chocolate oozed from the warm cruffin – a muffin-croissant hybrid. The selection of luxury chocolates is simply delectable too – don’t leave without a take-me-home treat! “Bon anniversaire!” exclaimed the couple in the corner. It was co-owner Lynne’s birthday. Combined with Sonet Smit’s drive and Lynne Swanepoel’s artistic background, Chocolat et Café was born – artistry with a touch of homeyness melded to perfection. 16th Street, The Village, Hazelwood, Pretoria; 012-752-5362.
By Anzelle Hattingh