Japanese patisserie readying to open in downtown Clawson
World-traveled executive chef Doran Brooks says the cafe will serve coffee, anpan, shokupan and other traditional Japanese baked goods
A pastry shop and cafe that specializes in Japanese pastries, coffee and custom cakes is preparing to open in downtown Clawson.
White Wolf Patisserie is planning to start soft service on Sept. 12, with a grand opening later next month. The cafe will seat about 40 at butcher block tables with leather chairs and a large high-top counter with a view of the kitchen.
Executive chef Doran Brooks says a lot of Japanese baking is influenced by the French, and he wants to put a modern spin on that.
"At its core it's going to be a lot of French influence in the pastry with a kind of a taste of the Japanese flavorings and the Japanese approach to quality ingredients and simplicity, ultimately," said Brooks. "It's kind of our own take on a French and Japanese ... meld of both of those cultures."
White Wolf will serve anpan, a bread filled with red bean paste, and a traditional Japanese milk bread called shokupan. They'll also have things you'd expect from a local patisserie like strawberry shortcake and their own version of tiramisu.
Brooks says he wants to appeal to the area's Japanese community by staying traditional with some of them items, while also making "really new age" French patisserie goods with Japanese influence.
Besides sweets, there will be a focus on coffee. Brooks says he wants people to feel comfortable settling in and firing up their laptop while enjoying some coffee and a treat. They'll serve lattes, cappuccino, pour-over, nitro, cold brew and a rotating list of coffee roasters.
Shortly down the line, White Wolf will start taking orders for custom birthday and wedding cakes. Brunch service will come after being open for a while, too. They'll also roll out some savory food options such as tonkatsu and tamago sandwiches and yakisoba pan, which is fried noodles in a brioche roll.
"It's basically noodles with some yakisoba sauce, pickled ginger and some sesame seeds," said Brooks. "It's fun, old school Japanese food items and our take on new school iterations."
Brooks studied culinary arts in Australia and has worked all over the globe. He got his first pastry job at Iron Chef Morimoto's restaurant in New York City's Chelsea Market and since then has worked in high end hotels and in corporate positions for companies like Pixar and Google.
White Wolf is a company under True World Group, which also owns neighboring Japanese cafe and grocery store Noble Fish. True World Foods is one of the largest seafood distributors in the country.
White Wolf Japanese Patisserie plans to have a soft launch on Sept. 12 at 31 E. 14 Mile in Clawson with limited hours. Once officially open, hours will be 8 a.m-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 9 a.m-4 p.m. Sun. Visit whitewolfbakery.com.