Bon Jour Café & Bistro in Dana Point knows what to do with eggs. The quiche items on the French bistro’s menu are worthy of a review all on their own.
This was my first visit to 18-year-old Bon Jour Café and it won’t be my last. Since the restaurant specializes in French bistro dining for breakfast and lunch, I tried a traditional Quiche Lorraine for $12.99.
The Quiche Lorraine was extraordinary for a number of reasons. Its richness is unparalleled. The texture was solid, yet creamy. The smoked ham was generously mixed throughout. My serving was as eye-opening as the flavor. The plate had a slice that was about one-third of an entire quiche.
What’s the secret to the quiche? Not only is it homemade, it is a family recipe.
According to owner Pascal Le Vettet, “You cannot go wrong making a quiche if you use real Swiss cheese, smoked ham and some yummy heavy cream to bring `creaminess’ and then tie everything together. The flaky buttery shell also makes a big difference.”
Quiche to go, please
I don’t eat quiche often since it is so rich, but this time I found myself wanting more. The meal serving was plenty, but I wanted to share. I bought a whole Quiche Lorraine ($19.49) to take home.
Yes, I ate quiche that Thursday at lunch. I enjoyed quiche that evening for dinner. On Saturday my husband and I finished the quiche for lunch.
How far do I have to walk or run or how many spin classes do I have to take to burn off all that yummy quiche with heavy cream, Swiss cheese, ham and buttery crust? Whatever the answer, it was worth every bite and each extra step.
Bon Jour Café & Bistro quiche menu
The café also serves Quiche du Jardin (spinach, mushrooms, Swiss cheese and sweet onions) for $12.99 and Quiche de la Mer (lox, tomatoes, basil and Swiss cheese) for $12.99.
In addition, the café serves sandwiches and crepes. A full restaurant review will be covered in the future.
For now, the star of Bon Jour Café is Les Quiches Maison.
Restaurant hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The charming café with indoor seating and limited patio seating is always crowded on the weekends.
Location: 24633 Del Prado Ave., Dana Point (between the U.S. Post Office and Golden Lantern, one block above Dana Point Harbor). 949-496-6368.