Artisan in Fountain Valley Is Set to Open July 24

The new European-style cafe is a collaboration between 7 Leaves Cafe and Crema Bakery.
Photograph by Max Milla

Inspired by the boulangeries of Paris, Artisan combines 7 Leaves Cafe’s signature handcrafted drinks with Crema Bakery’s baked goods as well as a chef-driven menu of crave-worthy brunch classics.

7 Leaves Cafe, which opened its first shop in Little Saigon, has now grown to 25 locations in 3 states. Crema Cafe, a longtime mainstay on Seal Beach’s Main Street, expanded its operations in 2016 with Crema Artisan Bakery, a wholesale bakery with clients as big as Disneyland Resort.

“The 7 Leaves brand has grown to more than two dozen locations because we have always listened to our guests and focused on seeing the world through their eyes,” says 7 Leaves Co-Founder Sonny Nguyen. “That philosophy has led to a trust that is invaluable and will only grow as we embark on our Artisan journey with partners like Crema Bakery, who share our values and commitment to the guest.”

Tarit Tanjasiri, owner and chief executive baker of Crema Bakery, is passionate about delivering on what “artisan” really means.

“The word artisan is overused,” says Tanjasiri. “If it’s full of preservatives but it’s made by hand, is it artisan? Artisan, to me, is (choosing) ingredients very well. Nothing processed. My flour is King Arthur flour only and milled specifically. Our bread uses so little yeast, and we use time to develop flavor.”

The Fountain Valley flagship, currently in its soft opening, features beautiful tiled floors, French bistro chairs, teal and walnut accents, and cozy bookshelves. An expansive glass display case sparkles with a delectable assortment of baked goods.

Menu standouts include the croffle, a croissant-waffle hybrid, made special for Artisan. It’s crunchy, flaky, and served with a side of vanilla cream, salted caramel, or jam. Chef-driven brunch items include a Parisian eggs Benedict, a truffle mushroom omelette, avocado toast featuring housemade country bread, and a panko-crusted, Hawaiian-style Mochiko chicken sandwich on housemade potato buns.

Other unique offerings include matcha or espresso affogato and green Thai tea. Don’t miss the addictive popcorn chicken made with Mochiko flour. While brunch is served until 3 p.m., chicken pot pies, quiches, and baked goods are available all day. Look out for fresh-fired pizzas to debut on the menu soon!

10065 Garfield Ave.
Fountain Valley, CA

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