The Return of Tustin's Japonaise Bakery & Cafe

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Edwin Goei
A few months ago, I reported that Japonaise Bakery & Cafe ceased to exist, but that it was being transformed to become something else, something that the employee working at Cream Pan next door vaguely told me was going to be a "Japanese restaurant."  Others rumored that it was going to turn into a noodle shop.

After months of incubating, it looks as if the new Japonaise -- which debuted recently and appears to be like the old one, except with more booths and condiments on every table -- will grow up to become a more full service restaurant than what it was before. But this is no noodle shop.

Their takeaway menu reveals this.


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Breakfast is still served, and pastas are still around; but now, there are donburis and curries, too. This, you might recognize, is the kind of restaurant which will be in the same genre as Curry House in Irvine and Maestro at Costa Mesa's Mitsuwa Market Food Court.

Unfortunately, as is the way Cream Pan & Japonaise seem to work, they close up shop mighty early, by 2:30 p.m. So now that it's "grown up" to be what it is today, let's hope it can "grow up" a little more and stay up past its normal bedtime to serve dinner.

Japonaise Bakery & Cafe, 600 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780, (714) 665-8239


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