Placing two companies beneath the identical roof could make quite a lot of sense beneath some circumstances. A bakery and café is an apparent instance, as a result of in the event you’re going to be baking breads and pastries, making sandwiches out of among the bread and serving espresso together with the pastries will enchantment to a wider vary of shoppers. The enterprises are carefully associated and the workers will be cross skilled to deal with every part that’s occurring there.
The Yellow Vase café chain determined so as to add one other specialty enterprise, as will be seen by their signal that reads “Café, Flowers, Bakery.” There aren’t apparent synergies within the buyer base for a flower store and a bakery café, however the technique have to be working as a result of there are actually 5 of them. They’ve been turning out dependable breakfast and brunches for years, and their latest location determined to strive one thing new – opening for dinner. I made a decision to cease in, figuring I would brighten up the home with a floral association if I noticed one thing significantly enticing.
The area on a nook within the Peninsula Middle has flowers in a fantastically landscaped, round planter just a few yards in entrance of the door. As soon as inside, flowers usually are not the very first thing you discover. The inside design is a stunning litter of bric-a-brac, most in shades of yellow or gold. The colour scheme and pictures of French scenes call to mind Mediterranean sunniness, and even on an overcast day it was shiny and cheerful. There have been synthetic flowers in planters on the wall, and hanging from the ceiling, however the one ones on the market have been just a few roses on a desk. The placement in Redondo has a wider choice, however they’re an afterthought right here.
I didn’t purchase any, however that was high-quality as a result of I used to be actually there for brunch. It’s a preferred place so we needed to stand in line for some time to order, and since that line has a great view of the pastry case it was nearly inevitable that we’d get a few of these to accompany our meal. My spouse and I made a decision to separate an apricot tart as a starter and have a Napoleon for dessert, with a salmon crepe and Monte Cristo model stuffed French toast as the principle programs.
The apricot tart was good, the pastry flaky and the fruit not overly candy – some locations add a lot sugar glaze that the fruit is extra a visible element than a taste. Sadly, the Napoleon was a disappointment. I’m all the time hopeful once I order these as a result of they’re one of the lovely pastries and when very contemporary a fork can undergo pastry and cream nearly like butter. Even an excellent Napoleon that has sat for some time will develop powerful pastry, and that’s what occurred right here. They acquired a number of issues proper, comparable to not making it overly candy, however those that are choosy concerning the pastry might resolve to get one thing else.
I had ordered the Monte Cristo anticipating the standard ham, cheese, and mustard sandwich dipped in egg batter, and fried in butter, however that’s not exactly what they served. This seemed to be 4 items of French toast that have been made into two medium-size sandwiches, after which grilled till the cheese melted, dusted with powdered sugar, and garnished with strawberries. It’s the identical taste because the extra conventional model, and considerably much less oily, so it suits California concepts about taste and well being. I didn’t style greater than a touch of Dijon mustard, and like that sprint of sharpness within the combine, so would ask for it to be liberally utilized subsequent time.
The Monte Cristo was good, the salmon crepe higher because of a tangy lemon-caper cream sauce that enhanced the smoky, oily fish. It was served with a contemporary inexperienced salad, and was properly proportioned, filling however not excessively so. Together with good espresso and scorching chocolate it was a really French technique to begin the day.
We returned for dinner just a few days later and ordered a roasted vegetable salad as a starter, with beef Bourguignon and fettuccine alfredo as mains. The roasted vegetable salad was a disappointment as a result of the greens have been considerably overcooked and beneath seasoned. In a French-themed café we had anticipated some garlic, and inexperienced herb taste, however each have been lacking. This crossed the road between refined and bland, and I needed for among the lemon caper sauce that had carried out a lot to make that crepe scrumptious.
The meat had no such drawback, the slow-simmered stew with onions, mushrooms, and wine was simply as it’s speculated to be. That is normally served in a bread bowl, however I requested for mine on the aspect as a result of I’m not an enormous fan of soggy bread. I’m bucking an historical custom right here, as a result of as way back because the medieval period folks ate stew on a sort of bread known as a trencher, primarily an edible bowl or plate. I like good crisp bread with stew, so I used to be happier to get my soup in a bowl alongside the small boule loaf. The cornichon pickles and contemporary tomato on the aspect have been the precise flavors, however I might have used a bit extra of each and maybe a little bit of salad to alternate bites with the stew.
The hen fettuccine alfredo had loads of taste too, because of a really creamy garlic-parmesan sauce, however I discovered it out of steadiness. There was loads of hen, however a lot thick, creamy, buttery sauce that it was overwhelming, and we took about half of it residence. Italians choose their pasta with a lot much less sauce than Individuals, and when I’ve had Italian meals in France, they’d the identical aesthetic. When you have the standard desire, you can ask them to go mild on the sauce, however put the identical quantity of cheese, and herbs on high and have a superb meal.
I couldn’t order a meal in a bakery café with out attempting a pastry, so I had a chocolate marquise. This hit the spot, creamy and wealthy inside with simply the precise steadiness of bitter chocolate, so it will likely be my go-to on future visits. It could be excellent with a glass of wine, however at the moment this location doesn’t have a wine license.
Breakfast at Yellow Vase ran about $25 every with espresso, dinner about $30 with simply water, about what you’d anticipate on this location. Yellow Vase won’t displace my favourite bakery, café, or flower store, however they do what they do effectively.
Yellow Vase Café & Flowers is at 55a Peninsula Middle in Rolling Hills Estates. Day by day 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Car parking zone. Wheelchair entry good. No alcohol, some vegetarian/vegan objects. (310) 377-8213. Yellowvase.com. PEN