Walking in to Four and Twenty feels as if you are coming home.
The room is warmly lit by teacup chandeliers (yes, really), and velvet sofas cluster in a corner whilst vases of gorgeous pink roses adorn the tables. It smells of freshly made croissants and hot coffee. In my opinion, this is how a home should look, smell and feel.
Until the above mentioned dream home profile becomes my own reality, this cosy gem is a wonderful substitute. The café and pantry is owned by “soul mates”, Marijke Duminy and Tracey Lee Genricks, both classically trained chefs who are mad about delicious food that fosters adoration and appreciation. I think they have succeeded.
I ordered a simple Americano, cold milk, no sugar. It was delicious. I had another.
My friend and I were seated right beside the bakery display window; and it took everything within me to resist ordering a slice of carrot cake, some chocolate cookies and an almond croissant for breakfast, with a side order of that pistachio and olive oil cake with pomegranate icing for breakfast.
Our visit took place on a Sunday, and the queues of hopeful people in desperate want of a table in this happy place were relentless. If you plan on coming, come early or, if you are a group of six or more, do book ahead. Disappointed visitors were often the case.
My recommendation is to come here with ample time and your favourite company. Whether this be a good book or significant others, Four and Twenty is the kind of place you want to enjoy yourself at.
Forget about work and deadlines and other nasty realities: order yourself one of those wonderful Americanos and everything at their bakery. At this café, it feels totally justified to indulge, happily.
23 Wolfe Street, Chelsea Village, Wynberg