Pat' a Chou, Vietnam-Based Bakery Chain, to Make U.S. Debut In Santa Ana Mid-February

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Anne Marie Panoringan
My internal GPS works best in Orange County. Tell me what mall an establishment is next to, and chances are I'll find it. I also prefer surface streets over freeways (if the distance is short enough) because there's always opportunity for a discovery.

Located along MacArthur Boulevard in Santa Ana, Pat' a Chou is closest to a doughnut shop and Wienerschnitzel. After passing it a second time, I finally pulled over for a better look. Beyond the banner, I spied stacked chairs taking on a leaning-tower appearance--those crazy Viets and their love of the French! Oh, wait: that's Pisa, and I'm thinking of Eiffel.


Named after a popular French singer, Pat' a Chou was established in 1998 by Ly Doan Vuong. Vuong's memories of attending university in London revolved around pastries similar to those he ate as a child in Vietnam. His first location debuted in Ho Chi Minh City, and he has opened three more since. His coming Santa Ana location, however, will be Pat' a Chou's first American opening, and it will join a Little Saigon market already saturated with French-style bakeries à la Boulangerie Pierre and Patisserie.

The company prides itself on continuing the French tradition of bread- and pastry-making. Best-known for its baguettes, the Pat' a Chou website is a carb-lover's paradise, where macarons, palmiers, tartes and seasonal cakes are abundant. In 2010, it launched an organic-bread line. What sparked my interest is the infusion of other tasty gems, such as the paninis, pitas and (of course) bánh mì sandwiches. I'm trying to get an interview with Ly--details to come . . .

Pat' a Chou, 1421 W. MacArthur Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 408-0120.

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12 comments
debisusan
debisusan

Love this place!! !Fantastic tomato basil soup in a bread bowl. The quiche is so good and love the pastry. Just love relaxing here. Reminds me of being in Paris. Very good chef too!

The only negative is they don't turn on the air conditioning when they should!!

Localgirl
Localgirl

Just moved in around the corner and discovered this "sweet" spot two days later. Wonderful pastries and rich, dark coffees! The pain au chocolat isn't much too look at but the taste is mouth watering and memorable! Highly recommend for a neighborhood hang out!

Tanya
Tanya

Great sandwiches!!! Love the Greek sandwich. Fresh and yummy:)

Punkie28
Punkie28

I give this place a rating of 2 stars !!! I ordered a meal and waited half an hour, and to be worse, I saw ANTS crawling on the floors ! I don't reccomend this place to ANYONE ! And it seems like the Manager, Tracy I believe ? Yeah... She doesn't know how to run the business. She's very rude to her employes and already fired one on the 4th day ! (since I'm friends with the employee, she was devastated, and it took her forever to learn the menu, I'm sure) DON'T GO HERE ! IT'S NOT WORTH THE HIGH PRICES ! PLUS, my meal was cold...

Gm
Gm

Pat'aChou open last week and their pastry is excellent you should stop by and enjoy their food before you form an opinion.

CindyLou
CindyLou

I tried the food at Pat's Chou.  My friend Michelle and I really enjoyed our lunch.  Our sons even liked it.  We highly recommend eating there.  They have beautiful pastries.  Christian is very talented pastry chef/chef.  Say hello to my sister Sophia when you visit.

tracy Do
tracy Do

Hi Anne Mary,We`re French Bakery chain , not Vietnamese.Our chef has a lot of gold medals in Pastry in France. Fo rmore details you can contact Tracy at email tuongvando@hotmail.com. There are so many details in your news need to adjust. Thanks

Bsquared
Bsquared

I've been to the one in Vietnam. Not the best bakery, but pretty good. Another faux-Frenchie is Tous Les Jours, the Korean French bakery. Which is pretty good too. They are also in Vietnam.

The funny thing is that a couple of the locations in Saigon were closed down when I was just there.

If you want something really exciting, they should open up Breadtalk from Singapore. 3 words: PORK, FLOSS, BUN!

Jen Kuo
Jen Kuo

Oh dear. On the website they have the other Vietnam flag instead of the South Vietnam one. Not a smart move in OC. Kiss of death?

Griffin Tamura
Griffin Tamura

I thought pat a chou was a French pastry dough used to make cream puffs, not a singer...

Kkk
Kkk

I`m sure the one who was fired is your friend!!

Jax
Jax

Patachou is both. A French singer took the name from the pastry dough which is pate a choux. From the spelling, I'm guessing someone in Vietnam liked the singer.

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