After a few weeks of walking up and down Kloof Str. I noticed the slow but determined renovation of a vacant store towards the bottom of the street and wondered what über-cool hipster abomination was heading our way. Would it be yet another trendy clothing store, a trendy deli of sorts or coffee bar with baristas with serious attitude and tepid coffee? I never gave it another thought and merrily went about my city-rat business looking for fun and interesting spaces to hang out in while reading, writing or just taking time out from the world.
Fast forward to late November 2014, and looking for a decent place to have brunch a friend and I stumbled up the Kloof Str. and the clean, modern and design forward ‘Molten Toffee’ immediately drew us in. There is nothing more welcoming than seeing a familiar face, especially when you have a history of great service with a smile and ‘can do’ attitude that you immediately feel like it’s home. To say that business partners and co-founders, Robbi Gorelick and Cian van der Vyver understand their target market is obvious in the fine line between street cool chic and serious business. With a bond formed during their time at Yours Truly café, these two young entrepreneurs are on to something.
With a strong belief in providing a place to anchor the local community, designers whose product is featured throughout and a range of pastries, raw treats and savoury delights made on a daily basis by Cian’s chef sister adds to the ‘coolness’ vibe. It’s a family place. A place where you feel like family.
Sourcing their coffee from one of my favourite producers, Deluxe Coffeeworks (the other being Tribeca Coffee but that’s another story for another time) the baristas are formally trained and knowledgeable about the product they are making. They don’t make cute bunny rabbits with the foam but what you going to do, right? The perfect cup is a rare find in a city like Cape Town where every Tom, Dick and Sally produce what can be described at crap coffee. My personal favourite, and yet to be beaten anywhere else is their Pulled Pork sandwich (sorry Jenna), however, the fresh selection of nibbles on display easily make up for the special that sell out in hours. To placate those that miss out, however, is a basic, balanced menu that offers deli styled foods (think crispy croissants with preserves, bacon and scrambled egg rolls, muesli and yoghurt cups, toasted sandwiches with a variety of fillings and salad bowls). Using quality ingredients, balanced seasoning and sizable portions the lack of garnish isn’t high on the list of necessity. Which is okay because the food is so good it doesn’t linger long on your plate for very long anyways. The food is definitely substance over style which is the point!
While not a big focus for the boys at Molten Toffee, they do some fantastic freshly pressed fruit or vegetable juices and gladly allow you to make up your own combinations from a mix of carrots, apples, beetroot, kale, ginger and other more dirt sounding and therefore ‘healthier’ ingredients which is a G’D send these past few weeks which The Mother City has experienced a few unusually high temperatures during the day. But while we’re on the topic of cooling down, do yourself a favour and hunt down a certain video of Cian cutting a rug behind the bar to a classic tune from their own growing playlist featuring their favourite musicians. Once the licensing issues have been sorted, the funemployed or city slickers who frequent this delightful deli will be able to stream songs from their personal devices via AirPlay.
Molten Toffee is one of those delis and coffee bars that translates to any capital city in the world because it’s so personable. We’re just lucky the empire started on Kloof Str.
*hipsters, schlebs and wannabes need not apply within. We’re full.