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Mademoiselle Colette, now open in downtown Menlo Park

Uploaded: 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.

Comments

 +   2 people like this
Posted by lselkins, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows,
on Oct 7, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Can't wait to try it!


 +   8 people like this
Posted by Sybille, a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks,
on Oct 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm

It all sounds really great except the foie gras. I hope she'll ditch that off the menu. So much cruelty involved in the "production" of that.


 +   16 people like this
Posted by Nowzad, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Oct 7, 2015 at 9:50 pm

It's really a shame of how boring and plain downtown menlo park is. We are next to Atherton and Palo alto yet all the stores on Santa Cruz ave are either anitque shops, or horrible cafe's and sewing/second hand stores. Why won't the town make something of this street? Kids my age have no where to go because no one in this city puts effort into making the most out of things. palo alto is doing great. There's Cream, Lemonade is about to open (restaurant that's popular in LA). Tacolicious, T4, and loads of other places yet the only places in menlo park that gets customers is either Starbucks, Unamas, Walgreens, Amici's, or Touch of Elegance. It is almost 2016. They need to do something. However, I'm glad this cafe opened. Also, the most the city has done for this street is put up an inflatable screen that plays Cinderella like wow that's so creative! Not like dt Los Altos did that or anything.


 +   10 people like this
Posted by parking limits , a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Oct 7, 2015 at 10:20 pm

In Menlo Park the one hour parking limits on the Downtown streets, even on the sidestreets off of Santa Cruz Ave are absolutely ridiculous. It makes no sense. I got a ticket myself. It needs to be at least 2 hours. I understand the City is finally looking into this. I look forward to
trying Colette, it sounds fabulous, but I agree, foie gras should come
off the menu.


 +   6 people like this
Posted by Trish, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton,
on Oct 7, 2015 at 10:34 pm

Thrilled a real French Cafè is coming. Foie Gras is a French tradition for fine dining and it is delicious!! One of my favorite appetizers in fact. C\'est damagè they drove the Calif foie gras business out and now it is imported...
Most likely from Nevada ....sigh


 +   6 people like this
Posted by Suzy, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Oct 8, 2015 at 9:36 am

Beautiful store. Can't get past counter guy with his sloppy attire and 5 inches of underwear exposed on his backside. Not very professional or polished - made me uncomfortable. Realize shop just opened and there are opportunities for staff training and customer service. Pastries were good - but quite spendy and petite. Croissants were airy and crispy - and the chocolate croissants were light on chocolate.


 +   5 people like this
Posted by Julie, a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks,
on Oct 8, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Let's hope this is the start of a new trend. Downtown Menlo Park needs new life. I can't wait to stop in and try something on her tasty sounding menu. Yay!


 +   6 people like this
Posted by Nikki Sokol, a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights,
on Oct 8, 2015 at 4:17 pm

@Nowzad, I share many of your sentiments, as do many Menlo Park residents. That is why I helped co-found ImagineMenlo, a resident-based group that is working to create vibrancy in Menlo Park. I hope you will Like our Facebook page and join our movement to help Menlo Park fulfill its potential and become a vibrant, beautiful place in which to work, live, and play.

I haven't been to Mlle. Colette yet, but I'm excited to check it out. Here's hoping it's part of a new trend downtown!


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Nowzad, a resident of Atherton,
on Oct 8, 2015 at 5:57 pm

@NikkiSokol that's great. Will look into your fb page and ImagineMenlo. I am a sophomore in highschool and am so with you on the whole new idea of creating something out of mp!


 +   4 people like this
Posted by Goginch, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Oct 9, 2015 at 12:21 pm

I just had a delicious lunch at Mademoiselle Colette. I had the Scandinavian club sandwich which comes with a perfectly dressed arugula side salad. For dessert I had a wonderful chocolate eclair. The shop is beautiful and everyone working there is very friendly. It's lively place at lunch time.


 +   2 people like this
Posted by resident, a resident of College Terrace,
on Oct 9, 2015 at 8:04 pm

Stopped in to look at the pastry offerings- very expensive small items, very small selection.

Not really want to try a $7 a very-mini dessert.

But maybe its good? I just could not get over the price.


 +   9 people like this
Posted by Negative Nelly, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown,
on Oct 10, 2015 at 12:12 am

Hey resident, why not try one of the pastries and then comment? No need to be negative when you haven't even given it a try.


 +   4 people like this
Posted by Over sensative, a resident of another community,
on Oct 10, 2015 at 6:15 am

I'm glad to read resident's post above. Outrageous pricing is something that can be commented on prior to tasting: "Yah, but it's a really good 25 dollar pb&j sandwich". Sorry, no. Just because I can afford it does not mean I've lost all care for value. Hopefully the little old ladies that frequent DT MP can keep it going but I doubt very much I'll be spending 7 bucks on a tiny pastry
Also, Telling others what and how to post is poor form here.


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Posted by Reader, a resident of another community,
on Oct 10, 2015 at 8:10 am

@Negative Nelly:

This is 'Merikuh where most people want a 99-cent scone the size of a hockey puck that tastes like cardboard (or worse, ersatz pumpkin spice flavoring).

The food quality bar is set very, Very, VERY low.

Just make it cheap and huge. It's baffling why there is so much obesity in this nation.

And forget about being neighborly, welcoming, and encouraging to a new small business owner. That sort of warmth and courtesy vanished around here in the late Twentieth Century.

Anyhow, best of luck to Ferrand. I hope she can eke out a living catering to a very limited segment of the consumer market.


 +   6 people like this
Posted by Adriano, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Oct 10, 2015 at 9:54 pm

@SUZY
Hi Suzy, I'm the guy you mentioned in you comment. I am truly disappointed by your comment and I will surely re-arrange my outfit. Unfortunately, as a tall person I have a hard time finding clothes that fit me. However, I will find a way to be more professional so your experience can be more enjoyable.
I am deeply sorry once again for your this issue.
Please don't hesitate to come back and try our happy hour starting next week - we will be serving French wine and Champagne as well as Saucisson ; Fromage; Foie Gras and Terrrine.

Have a great day
Sincerely,
Adrien


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Welcome, a resident of Mayfield,
on Oct 11, 2015 at 12:04 am

Welcome to downtown MP. I am looking forward to coming in to try your pastries, sandwiches and salads. I read a few comments above about the size/price and I too get offended when I feel the size to price ratio do not coincide regardless of how superior the quality, especially since many other bakeries and cafes in this area are very good and are fairly priced: several shops in Town and Country (Palo Alto) - Douce France, Mayfield Bakery, Tout Sweet and many more in down town Palo Alto and San Carlos. I find good pastries at local weekend farmer's markets as well. One place on California Avenue (PA) that comes to mind, Chez Frank, served gourmet hot dogs for $14, they later put up a huge sign announcing their price reduction, but by that time no one cared and three months later Chez Frank closed. I would like to love this new pastry place, but not at any price. Best wishes to your establishment.


 +   3 people like this
Posted by Georgia, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Oct 11, 2015 at 8:37 am

Mademoiselle Colette is a jewel. Just what Menlo Park needed. The prices are very fair for what you get. Think quality over quantity. The space is beautifully designed. The dishes, cups & everything just lovely. Quality ingredients cost more, just like a nicer car or home in this area. I'll pay more to sit in a lovely space and enjoy a good capuccino any day. The croissants taste like a real croissant should, and are just the right size; unlike all the super sized scones & pastries that are sold at the other coffee shops in town.

Welcome to Menlo Park. This town needs more businesses like yours.


 +   5 people like this
Posted by Dave, a resident of Downtown North,
on Oct 12, 2015 at 10:53 am

We own a small business downtown and are absolutely delighted that Colette has opened - a very much needed addition. We recently had a delicious lunch there and the food was wonderful, authentic, and quite reasonable given the overall quality. We are dismayed by the carping about high prices. Given that everything was sold out the first week before closing time suggests that prices are not too high. Our guess is that pricing will get sorted over time - folks that are very price sensitive have many places to choose from where quantity trumps quality at whatever price. Those that like a unique, disciplined and wonderful taste experience do not, at least in Menlo. While Colette is not "cheap" it certainly is not overpriced by most standards of fine food, which is the correct term for what one finds here.


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Posted by Adrien, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Oct 12, 2015 at 1:09 pm

LOL @Adriano. Just hilarious. I'm sure that's a joke, right? I mean, the US has probably the tallest people on the planet (thank you basket ball!) and not finding an "accoutrement" that fits you and this beautiful establishment is just, well, a joke :-)


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Lela Blankenberg, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley,
on Oct 12, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Can't wait to take my daughters. Looks charming.


 +   3 people like this
Posted by ZR, a resident of another community,
on Oct 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm

I will be quickly stomped-on as a garish gluttonous American on a way to type 2 diabetes; portions at Collete's are more like morsels off samplings. It is hard to really taste the quality in a tiny one minute fluffy puff for a $1 or a super miniature croissant for several dollars. I spend about $5 for two tiny samplings. I came later in the day so neither the croissant nor the puff were particularly impressive. I like to make my own mini croissants from Trader Joe's frozen pack, but the really good croissants are at Cafe Venetia in Palo Alto, fluffy, crispy three times larger for a lot less, yet first rate quality. Sorry Georgia and Dave, I like to eat food, not just adore it in a precious local. Only time will tell if tiny portion for big prices will have the staying power. Then again, Stars, Spaggo's, Scott's Seafood, and many other fine and stunningly elegant but extremely overpriced restaurants are no longer here?


 +   4 people like this
Posted by Adriano, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Oct 12, 2015 at 9:36 pm

@Adrien,
Unfortunately sir, even tho the US has the tallest population on the planet, it is still very hard to find long and fit jeans. For example, you will never ever find a 38 size jeans in length in any store in the US. Neither will u find 16 sized shoes. Fortunately i found a company that does jeans for tall people in Ireland as well as special stores such has bigshoes.com or XLclothing.
However I did adapt my outfit recently due to recent comments.
I take pride in what I do, and I'm willing to listen to costumers to meet their standards so that they can have an unforgettable experience at Mademoiselle Colette.
I apologize for the misunderstanding.
Adrien


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Simply, a resident of Midtown,
on Oct 13, 2015 at 12:13 am

@Adriano:
I thought you may be interested in this -- if you like a particular jean and the length is too long, you can have them shortened and also can request they keep the original hemming. I've done this with all of my jeans, the cost ranges from $14 in Mountain View on El Camino and I think it was $20 at the dry-cleaners in MidTown on Oregon Exp before you reach Piazza's. I can ask my family about shoes, as I believe we have some 15 and 16 sized-feet in the family that are active and seem to know the right places to get their shoes!

Great this cafe has opened, I agree with quite a few others in terms of price, look at Mayfield (where I'll only purchase from the bakery) and Douce France, etc. Also there is Angel Heart Cakes that are insanely incredible tasting, they are a must try especially if you reside in MP, it's pretty close to Holbrook Park in Atherton, just go to Middlefield, turn right go up to the 2nd light by Starbucks ... they also make the lightest lemon and lavender cake that was so divine, served 3 and was $7. No one seems to be aware of their cafe except locals in Atherton and some RWC residents!


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Posted by Robin Smith, a resident of Woodside,
on Oct 16, 2015 at 6:51 pm

My husband and I (and little dog Cindy Lou) just visited Colette. It is a breath of fresh air to find an authentic French Patisserie in Menlo Park. We applaud their authenticity, and their, you know, frenchness :) Really lovely. I'd rather have a morsel of a pastry that is truly refined than a giant of anything. Adrien is charming. Congratulations on your new venture. We plan to visit often! Foie gras torchon - c'est incredible! Brioche - magnifique! Vive la France!



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