Arts & Leisure

Let ’em eat cake … at Tous les Jours

CREAM CAKES at Tour les Jours in Garden Grove are exquisite (OC Tribune photo)

CREAM CAKES at Tous les Jours in Garden Grove are exquisite (OC Tribune photo).

By Jim and Marilyn Tortolano

If you’re not of Korean ancestry – or even if you are – and have always been a bit curious about the culinary offerings in the Koreatown district along Garden Grove Boulevard between Brookhurst and Magnolia streets, we’ve got a good place for you to start.

chowlinesIt’s called Tous les Jours, which translates from the French to “all the days,” or “everyday.”

Located at 9618 Garden Grove Blvd. in the A R Galleria in Garden Grove, this is an excellent bakery that is the local iteration of a national chain of small but classy stores selling fine baked items.

In this bright and modern eatery, you can find excellent breads, cakes, pastries and pies, European delicacies and even donuts. If you’re overwhelmed by the panorama of choices, the helpful staff will offer suggestions.

TOURS LES JOURS is an international chain with a bakery in the Koreatown district of Garden Grove (OC Tribune photo).

TOUS LES JOURS is an international chain with a bakery in the Koreatown district of Garden Grove (OC Tribune photo).

We tried the cream cakes – strawberry and blueberry – and found them to be of gourmet quality. The seating area is open and cheery and the whole décor of glass and pale wood is symbolic of this meeting of classic and contemporary.

Tous le Jours is based internationally in South Korea, and made its American debut in 2004. Being a “French-Asian” bakery, all the items are labeled both in English and in Korean. Prices are moderate considering the quality.

greatmovielogoHours are 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. One caveat: this shopping area is very popular, so parking can be a bit of a hassle. But if you love excellent pastries and satisfying breads, it’s worth it.

And if your diet and waistline, can handle it, maybe you might want to drop by, uh, “tous les jours.”

To our readers: We welcome any suggestions for eateries in the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Westminster for us to review. Independently-owned businesses are preferred but chain operations new to the area are also of interest to us. Contact us at orangecountytribune@gmail.com.

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