Francisco Izawa, owner of a few restaurants in South Orange County including Chile Fresco and Maison de Pho, was searching for his next restaurant venture. With his childhood upbringing in Europe and Japan, he was introduced to many different food cultures. While in France, Gaufres a la Flamande are a specialty just like crepes. After recipe development, a waffle recipe was conceived, but not too sweet so it would work equally well in both savory and sweet applications.
Wafflette Café opened on December 8, 2013 with tasty waffle sandwiches and sweet treats. Utilizing his Japanese heritage, the waffle is very light. It reminds me of my childhood with very light breads and desserts from the Japanese market. The menu is a fusion of American flavors with European and Asian influences and cooking techniques. Francisco and his staff are always super friendly and can help you with any questions you might have about the menu.
Organic Flavored and Sweetened Iced Teas come in flavors like strawberry, mango, guava, and mixed berries. We tried the Guava Iced Tea. Admittedly, I’m not a big tea drinker, but the tea was sweet and had a light, refreshing flavor. The guava was a nice blend and an excellent pick-me-up on a warm day.
Turkey Club is a waffle sandwich with turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, mayonnaise, mustard, and aioli sauce. The fresh sliced turkey was piled high. The bacon added a salty, smoky flavor to contrast the creamy avocado. The vegetables were fresh and crisp. The waffle was very light, not heavy at all, and the perfect weight for a sandwich. The only thing I would change would be to replace the mustard and mayo with a creamy pesto aioli. Thumbs up!
Custard Cream with Assorted Berries Dessert Waffle was to die for! If you love cream puffs, like Beard Papas or other Japanese cream puffs, you’ll love this! Again this transports me right back to my childhood weekends in Gardena shopping and hanging out at the Meiji Market Center. There was a place called Chateau Bakery that made the best cream puffs on the planet! We would buy a dozen to take home and sometimes they were demolished before we even got home. The custard that Francisco makes is a creamy, light, Japanese-style custard. It works exceptionally well with the fresh mixed berries. I also love the texture of the crushed chocolate cookies in the mix; almost like an Oreo pie crust. I can’t wait to have another one! Thumbs up, way up!
Wafflette Café also features organic coffee from Groundwork. They were featured in my Taste of Venice article a couple of months ago and make a kickass coffee. Francisco shows off his barista talents with a beautiful leaf design atop a Latte. It was good but would be better with a higher ratio of coffee to milk. The coffee was smooth but the milk was a little overpowering.
Tear away from work and grab a bite at Wafflette Café or stop by before or after your movie at the Regal Theatres next door. The waffle irons are standing by to make your order!
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 4 out of 5 stars
Food: 4 out of 5 stars
For more information:
26612 Towne Centre Dr
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
- Hours: Monday through Thursday from 7am to 8pm, Friday through Sunday from 8am to 9pm
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