For Djomby and Jussaume, teaching their customers about true French cuisine is part of their philosophy. Their approach is quite hands-on—creating and serving French pastries, bread, breakfast dishes and lunch items seven days a week.
Both Jussaume and Djomby originally hail from France, and between the two they bring many years of international culinary experience to San Juan. They pride themselves on not only baking and cooking everything fresh in-house but also using high-quality ingredients that are often imported, such as the French ham in their popular Croque Monsieur.
Djomby and Jussaume said patrons can look forward to the holidays at Ô Gourmet as they roll out their seasonal menu, featuring a week of pumpkin-filled dishes around Thanksgiving such as quiche and crème brûlée, as well as specials later on in the holiday season such as Bûche de Noël (Yule Log) and Galette des Rois (King Cake).
by Allison Jarrell, published on The Capistrano Dispatch
Paris arrives in SJC
by ROBERT MANNIELLO
Serendipity is fickle. She smiles at the right people only at the right time. This writer offers the latest happenstance treasure find for our SJC community – it’s a rare and delicious French varietal. Kudos to my daughter, Robyn for scouting out this gem.
When I noticed the cozy O Gourmet Café & Bakery in Plaza del Rio across from Albertsons with patrons lining up to experience a novel taste of France, my 1960’s oldies mindset kicked in.
A feast for the senses greets customers after entering the petite colorful establishment with an array of pastries, baguettes, handmade sandwiches and other mouthwatering temptations. The menu contains a number of special treats for the palate that lucky patrons may choose to experience. Enticing the onlooker to sample their talents, friendly hosts, Eric and “Ben” are eager to welcome visitors as new found family members.
Enjoy your petit dejeuner (breakfast) served with complementary mixed green salad or luncheon sandwich entrees on Panini bread, cereal baguette or croissant – all made to your stated preferences or as a salad. A Kid’s Amazing menu for breakfast sparkles with omelet, juice and mini bakery treats. Lunch for the tykes allows a choice of sandwich, juice and compote or yogurt. Different delights for both meals make being an adult special – try the bruschetta (scrambled eggs, tomato and feta cheese).
For the true foodie, caramelized onion, anchovies and black olive tart (Pissaladiere) or other “Frenchie’s” – various quiches, stuffed crepes or Croque Monsieur (French ham and Swiss cheese on a French loaf) might be a new pleasure indulgence.
While savoring a cappuccino, enjoying a mixed fruit tartlet I spoke with Eric who smiled as he related his initial career as an attorney in France and the love of baking leading him to earn various cooking diplomas in his homeland. Twenty years dedicated to hospitality, fast and casual foods form his keystone. Passion for the right things, done the right way was easily felt as his unspoken mantra. Ben complements the team having obtained a Master’s Degree in Management and Business Catering Industry (Strasbourg, France) listing a number of international restaurants under his expert supervision. Together, they ventured forth, answered serendipity’s on line ad and last March opened their local dream to share with SJC. En voila une idee ! (What an idea !).
Come see for yourself how these essential criteria are met under Eric and Ben’s watchful eye.
This writer predicts the French word, “merci” will be part of your vocabulary after your first visit.
by ROBERT MANNIELLO