By Elena Kadvany
Mademoiselle Colette, now open in downtown Menlo ParkUploaded: Oct 7, 2015
Downtown Menlo Park now has a piece of Paris with the opening of Mademoiselle Colette, a French patisserie serving pastries, lunch, brunch and wine.
Mademoiselle Colette opened this week at 816 Santa Cruz Ave., the former home of Sugar Shack.
A sign on the door of Mademoiselle Colette reads "sold out, sorry" during the new patisserie's first week of business.
Mademoiselle Colette owner Debora Ferrand, an Atherton resident who was born in Brazil but raised in France, had been searching for a place to open a pastry shop since moving to the area about a year ago. She moved to Atherton after living for several years in Texas, where she attended Le Cordon Bleu with an emphasis on baking and pastries. She also studied at the School of Alain Ducasse in France.
Ferrand also brought on board a young French pastry chef, Orphée Fouano. Fouano was most recently working at Hôtel Plaza Athénée , a top Paris hotel.
Mademoiselle Colette serves traditional French pastries – croissants, eclairs, macarons, tartlettes, madeleines – as well as salads, soups and brunch items.
For lunch, there's a Nicoise salad; a "Colette Parisien" salad with jam, gruyere, tomato, asparagus and artichoke; and a buratta salad, among other items. There are also savory tarts, quiche of the day, croque monsieur ($10.50) and croque madame sandwiches.
The brunch menu includes dishes like eggs Benedict and eggs Florentine. Treat yourself with the "Royal Brunch" – foie gras and truffle eggs with a "Viennoiseries" basket of select pastries; your choice of tea, coffee or chocolate; and orange juice -- for $25.
Mademoiselle Colette serves a few French wines by the glass and by the bottle. Head over for happy hour and nibble on a cheese plate, charcuterie plate or foie gras plate.
The patisserie is open Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.