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Cafe Blanc, Costa Mesa - Long


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Cafe Blanc, Costa Mesa - Long

mikester | Oct 27, 2006 07:03 PM

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.

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