I have to confess something about my mother. She is total a food snob, especially when it comes to cheesecake, so when she recommends visiting a place that sells excellent cheesecake, I can’t quite turn her down, can I?
For Sunday afternoon tea (not that it’s a regular thing but that’s besides the point) she took me to the Patisserie in Rosebank. If you’ve yet to try it, it’s where Vida e Caffè used to be. Got a mental picture? Good. Now get there ASAP and order yourself a slice so we’re on the same page here.
Staring at all the cakes on offer is overwhelming – I know the two of us went with cheesecake in mind and my mom was 100 per cent set on this but I still took my time debating between the meringue red velvet cheesecake and the good ol’ carrot. But I stuck to my guns and cheesecake all round it was.
Once we’d ordered, we took a seat outside. The Patisserie is a small little place and their seating merges with that of Rocco Mamas and surrounding restaurants in the Rosebank courtyard but repeat after me: ‘I’m not here for the atmosphere’ – no, you’re not. You’re there for the perfectly-made cheesy goodness. When it arrives at your table, all the background noise will disappear and it’ll just be you and your cake.
Another confession: I am a person of excess (read: I always finish my food, even if it’s a huge portion), I’m glad about their slice size. Like, I could probably devour a whole cake in one sitting and complain about it for ages after, so I’m thankful that The Patisserie doesn’t overdo it – the slice was not the size of my head (some cafès think this is a good idea and, yes, sure, it seems so at first) but the perfectly-portioned out slice that I needed to satiate my sweet tooth.
So, if you’re not going for cheesecake (although I strongly recommend that you do), The Patisserie’s offerings include maccarons, milkshakes, biscuits and cupcakes. Their savoury selection is pretty large, too with scrambled eggs, vegetable tarts and fishcakes making appearances on the menu.
By Nikki Samakosky