Local Bounty: June 27

Sweet Parisian Treats at Opera Café & Patisserie

macarons, dessert shots, dark chocolate

Photos by Caron Golden

From left to right: Parisian Macarons, Dark Chocolate Caramel Pyramid, Dessert Shots

You wouldn’t expect to find a French café in the heart of Sorrento Valley—land of office parks and Qualcomm. But just off the 805 at Mira Mesa Blvd. is Opera Café & Patisserie. Owned by chefs Thierry Cahez and Vincent Garcia, Opera is quintessentially French, down to its ethereal macarons. Sure, go there at lunch for the duck confit salad or saffron aioli frites (I do!), but leave with boxes of their pastries—or order them for a party. Be sure to keep them refrigerated!

Here are my three picks. Ooo la la!

Parisian Macarons

Buying a box of their macarons is like transporting Paris to your home. Light and airy with a creamy strip of sweet filling, the macarons are little dollops of crunchy chewy perfection. Currently, the flavors they’re making are chocolate, pistachio, raspberry, cinnamon, pecan, caramel, and, my favorite, cappuccino. If this is important to you, you’ll be glad to know that these are also gluten-free. $11.95 for a box of one dozen.

Dark Chocolate Caramel Pyramid

A chocolate-lover’s dream dessert, this creamy little pyramid, topped with a saucy chocolate curl, dissolves in waves in your mouth. Perfect with a foamy cup of cappuccino, the mousse has an unexpected crunch, thanks to a bottom layer of hazelnut crunch. $4.95 apiece.

Dessert Shots

These petite desserts are for people like me, who just shouldn’t be eating this good stuff, but can’t resist. Each trills with flavor and texture. Three to try are the lemoncello shot with lemon curd, lemon marscapone, and vanilla crumble, topped with white chocolate shaving; the vanilla panacotta boasting a thin top layer of red berry jelly and vanilla crumble; and the rich chocolate duo shot—layers of chocolate mousse, white mousse, and chocolate crumble. $1.95 apiece.

Opera Café & Patisserie is located at 9254 Scranton Rd. You can also go online and order pastries from a much more comprehensive dessert catalog.

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