Cafe Blanc, Costa Mesa - Long
Cafe Blanc is a small patisserie located in Costa Mesa. It's tucked into a corner building facing the inside of the strip mall, so it's easy to miss, but it's worth finding this place, because it's a little gem, IMO. I only discovered it because of the recent LA Times Food Section piece on layer cakes.
I had a mini cake called the Mirroir, which was a beatiful thing - a moist chocolate layer cake creation with a raspberry filling enrobed in a deep, dark glossy chocolate glaze. Delicious - light, not too sweet, rather elegant and nuanced. The style of this place is just that -they're not trying to knock you over the head with sugar. These are desserts made for adults, clearly. Because I had the cake "for here", it was plated in a graceful way, accompanied with a small scoop of raspberry gelato (they have about 20 or more flavors of gelato)
I had that item with a double machiatto, which was fine although not the greatest - the crema was not as good as it could have been. If I have one criticism, it is this - the espresso could use some work. But I loved this place, so much so that I took a few things home to share with my wife, a mini pana cotta and a mini pear creation, which again was very light and sophisticated. She agreed with me that these things are not too sweet, which we really appreciate. In addition to the pastries and gelati, they also make truffles, all of which look gorgeous. I look forward to going back to this place and trying a few other things !
I hope this place does well - it's clear they're working very hard to do so, and I appreciate it, I hope you try it as well.
I love this place. I am not much for overly sweet desserts so this place is ideal. I have not had their gelato yet. I hear it is great.
For gelato, I have been going to Il Gelato by the Newport Pier. It is a new place opened by the owners of Il Farro around the corner from it.
So far we have tried 10 diffrent desserts and some were hits and some were not. My last trip there, was a bad one. I got tiramisu(very bland with no liquor),mont blanc(lots of cream and not much else) and duex chocolat(fine).
if he's still making the desserts he made at noveau cafe blanc, this place is gong to be amazing.
stuff like tiramisu, a dar chocolate terrine with brandied bing cherries inside, and a coconut panna cotta with softly whipped vanilla studded whipped cream.
hopefully they have these
I just went last weekend and it was awesome. Pictures included (assuming upload works)
I ordered the rare cheesecake which came with raspberry sorbet. It was very smooth and rich, hard to describe but very nice. Sorbet had a good texture and taste of raspberry. I ordered the iced tea which goes well with sweets.
They had cheap decent macaroons ($1.50), at least compared to the $3-$4 that I had in France two months ago (partly due to exchange rate).
Service is excellent, and it's a nice place to have dessert. Maybe half of their clientelle was Japanese.
This place has Japanese-French style desserts, and a pleasant surprise to be found in Socal. Better than most dessert places even in Japan based on just the two items we've had (wife had a grapefruit gelatin, which was nice).