petit fours new york

For our Glamour Magazine & Orange #StyleBloggerStarter week 2 task we had to review a restaurant/clothing store/club etc. that had opened in the last three months… I went blank! After asking around I found out about a deli called Petit Fours New York, I did a little research (Google, Facebook) and it was the one. My friend Londi and I were overdue for a catch up session, so we made it a date.

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menu and serviette

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Petit Fours is a Deli & Décor restaurant business with only two branches so far, the first is Petit Fours Paris in the Verdi Shopping Centre in Blackheath and in April this year they opened their second deli in the Jozi design hub of Kramerville which is right next to the Marlboro off-ramp. Petit Fours New York is in the Hertex building and you are greeted by a huge New York sign when you come up the stairs to let you know that you have arrived. I had booked a table and the staff ensured that we were seated in no time. On the menu there was lunch item called jaffles (R60) so we decided to try it out, we had the bacon and chicken version with broccoli salad for me and green salad for Londi. It didn’t take long to arrive and I was so happy because I was starving. The jaffles are basically toasted bread in a dome shape with the chicken, cheese and bacon filling inside, it was delicious. It was my first time having broccoli salad and it delivered another divine moment in my mouth. I love healthy food that tastes good.

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We took a little break before dessert and when we eventually did decide to have some, we couldn’t decide what to have because everything looked so good! Check out the pics below and salivate. We settled on a red velvet slice (R36) for me and Londi had chocolate delight (R42). It was worth the wait, I hadn’t had red velvet in a while and my slice had the right consistency of cream cheese on the icing, yum!

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Greats:

  • Awesome service. Our waitress was attentive and didn’t interrupt our chats in an invasive way. They also allowed me to take all these pics.
  • There’s free Wi-Fi so you can surf the net whilst you enjoy their delicacies.
  • The food is delicious, I try to eat healthy all the time and the jaffles did not make me feel guilty and broccoli has never tasted so good.
  • Dessert are their speciality, I can’t say enough, check out the pics.
  • We paid about R130 each for the meal, a drink, dessert and tea, so it’s very affordable.
  • There is a balcony area so you can choose to sit inside or outside.
  • They also host high teas for you and your girls between R110 and R150 per person.

Not-so-greats:

  • Their trading hours – they close at 5pm during the week and on Saturdays they close at 1pm.

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We’re definitely going back; it’s just a matter of when.

Contact Details

Website: http://www.petitsfours.co.za/

Facebook: Petit Fours Deli & Décor

Address: Hertex Showroom, Second Floor, 16 Kramer Road, Kramerville

Phone: 011 262 4111

the saxon

It was my husband’s birthday on Sunday and I took him to The Saxon for brunch, he had never been there so I thought it would be the perfect place. We parked our car and a white BMW was our shuttle to the hotel and when we arrived were taken to the waiting area for welcome drinks which was champagne. We were then taken to the Qunu Room for brunch. The starters and dessert were set up buffet style and we were given a menu for the main course to order from. Fruit juices, water and tea were also all available. We started off with the starters of course and only when we felt that we had had enough with the starters did they bring the main meal. When we eventually did have dessert we took a bit of everything and we didn’t finish it because we were so full! It was a feast. The brunch was R450 per person and well worth it because my husband loved it! The service as expected was impeccable. When we arrived they took my coat and hung it up for me, our glasses were always full, they just kept refilling them for us and there was a little stool next to me where I could put my bag so it wasn’t lying on the floor. We had drinks on the patio to take in the view before we left. The Saxon is just so beautiful and I still cannot believe that was someone’s house!

If you want to go:

  • You have to make an appointment to avoid disappointment
  • Come hungry

Website: http://www.saxon.co.za/

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rainbow velvet

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I had the rainbow velvet cake yesterday at Walnut Grove at Sandton City. The cake drew a lot of attention when the waiter brought it to my table because it is a visual delight, I imagine it must take a while to make with all the different colours. I was given quite a big slice and could not finish it, my husband had to assist. It tastes a lot like red velvet and the people next to us even asked if the different colours had their own flavour, no they don’t. So for those that are over red velvet maybe you could try the rainbow velvet even though the taste is similar. And for the mommies this could be a fun option for kiddies birthdays.

the good luck club

Happy Women’s Day to all of the formidable women out there, I hope you all had an awesome day.
My husband took me out to a restaurant called The Good Luck Club on Corlett Drive. The food was amazing, I had prawn spring rolls for starters and the may possibly be the best I have ever had. I then had the red chicken & prawn curry for mains and despite the limited prawns in the dish, it proved to be divine. I finished off my meal the best way and thats with a red velvet cupcake. It’s been a while since good food has made me so happy but it really did. The ambience at the restaurant is very relaxed & the service is outstanding. I can’t wait to go back.

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red chamber

I asked my husband to take me out for a good meal on Sunday before my op on Monday because I knew that I would not be eating any goodies for a while. We went to the Red Chamber at Hyde Park Corner (it’s next to Dion). It’s a Chinese restaurant, I love Asian food.
Our waitress was an animated, short Chinese lady who could barely string an English sentence together but we managed to communicate. I am currently having a live affair with too ibis tea but they don’t serve it, only green tea which is what I settled for. We ordered dumplings for our starters and I had sweet & sour chicken for mains, all the food arrived at the same time so we were a bit overwhelmed. We ended up not touching our starters and digging into our mains which were delicious! I’m definitely going back for that chicken, the service was amazing, that on its own was a reason for me to come back.
We then went to Tasha’s Leparc for dessert, great way to finish off my last awesome meal for a while.

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thabisile’s wonderful creations

My nephew’s birthday was on the 30th of April and my parents threw him his first birthday party, he was turning 4 years old. I was in charge of the cake and because the party would be in Durban, I had to find someone who made cakes within Durban. Luckily for me I knew that my friend’s cousin Thabisile Seme baked cakes as a hobby and I decided to ask her to make one for me. My nephew LOVES Ben10 so the cake had to be a Ben 10 themed cake, have $ somewhere because he was turning 4 and his name. I paid Thabisile and she delivered the cake to my brother on the day of the party and it was amazing, she is really good. My mom bbmed me during the party asking for the cake person’s details because all the parents loved it and apparently when my nephew saw it he was so excited to see Ben 10 on his cake and it tasted so good!

Below are more of Thabisile’s wonderful creations. Her business is called Something Special and you can contact her on 0742730082 (Thabisile) or 0781446199 (Sanele). They also have Facebook page called Something Special and you can like it here. She is based in Durban if you would like for her to bake for you and she does deliver to Empangeni, Pietermaritzburg and Gingindlovu and the transport charge is additional.

tasha’s leparc

On Friday last week I really wanted to go to the new Tasha’s Leparc in Hyde Park but when we got there, there was a queue as usual (at every Tasha’s) and they told us about a 30 minute wait so we ended up heading over to Life Cafe. On Sunday we tried again to get a table and there was a queue again but the lady told us that she can seat us at the high tables immediately if we didn’t mind, we agreed. The high tables were basically one long table with high chairs on both sides and you sit next to strangers.

The lady next to us was very nice and not too chatty so it ended up not being so bad. The waiters were very attentive and attended to my million fussy needs. They had run out of red velvet because it was the long weekend, I was disappointed but glad to skip on my bad eating habits. I am hoping to go back again and have a fuller experience for lack of a better word.