7 Leaves Café and Crema Bakery join forces to introduce ARTISAN
Two well-known and loved Orange County-based culinary brands, 7 Leaves Café and Crema Bakery, have come together to create ARTISAN, an elevated fast-casual restaurant and café set to open on July 24 in Fountain Valley. The new concept, which builds on the popularity of the 7 Leaves brand with a focused, chef-driven menu and baked goods that highlight quality ingredients and attention to detail.
"With the ARTISAN concept, we want to take the trust and sense of community that we’ve built over the past decade to the next level with an elevated offering that dives deeper into the guest experience,” 7 Leaves Co-Founder Sonny Nguyen, whose vision has led to 25 locations of 7 Leaves Café currently open in 3 states. “Our lives are moving faster than ever and ARTISAN is meant to allow for a moment to pause, to take the time to enjoy, reflect and appreciate life – for us, that's what it’s all about.”
Upon entering the 3,000 square-foot restaurant and café, guests will be immersed into an environment that revolves around chic European style, reminiscent of a fine Parisian boulangerie, complete with a display of fresh-baked bread and pastries. The culinary team dedicated to presenting a chef-driven experience will be led by the masterminds behind local favorite, Crema Bakery.
“While we strive to present a menu that is rooting in carefully sourced ingredients and time-intensive preparation, we are intent on being approachable, affordable and craveable,” said Crema Bakery Owner & Chief Executive Baker Tarit Tanjasiri, whose baked goods can be found at many of the region’s best restaurants.
The ARTISAN menu is innovative, energetic and authentic, with brunch-focused anytime dishes that are meant to suit a wide variety of palates. Under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Chad Urata, guests can indulge in a “Perfect” Omelette, Parisian Eggs Benedict, and classic Avocado Toast. Handheld dishes included a Bacon & Egg Sandwich and Mochiko Chicken Sandwich. Baked goods, made fresh daily, include a variety of bread, croissants, cookies, macarons, and the noteworthy Artisan Croffle.
“While all of our baked goods are made by hand using the best ingredients – the most important being time – our stand-out offering is definitely the Artisan Croffle,” explained Tanjasiri, who explained that his baguettes have a 48-hour preparation time and are made with only flour, water, salt, and yeast. “Croffle is a portmanteau of Croissant and Waffle, since we take our signature croissant dough and cook it in a waffle iron, rather than the over to create a truly unique item that is crisp, yet flaky and buttery all at once. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever had.”
The 7 Leaves brand has built an almost cult-like following for its incredible teas and ARTISAN will feature the most popular, including Sea Cream Jasmine, Japanese Matcha, Summer Mint, Sunset Passion, and Strawberry Hibiscus. ARTISAN will build on its core tea menu with offerings that are unique to the brand, including a Green and Red Thai Tea. The menu also features barista-created coffee and espresso drinks, such as Sea Cream Black Coffee and a Honey Vanilla Latte.
Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
ARTISAN is at 10065 Garfield Avenue in Fountain Valley.
Photo Credit Max Milla