Voice of OC – Santa Ana’s Culinary Scene

March 4, 2023by Charles Oreve0

Anne Marie Panoringan from the Voice of OC wrote a Great article about Roquette Bistro

Located on the first level of an office complex near the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Main Street, Roquette’s chef Samuel Geffroy launched the cozy space late last year. When he’s not prepping dough for fresh pastries or working on the menu, one can find him checking in with every table. “My goal with Roquette Cafe and Bistro is to bring affordable French and European food to the Santa Ana and Orange County community with a lovely ambiance and neighborhood feel. Nothing makes me happier than bringing smiles to the faces of people eating my food,” Geffroy said.

I’d been following the cafe on social media for months, waiting for a time when I could drop in for breakfast (Roquette is open mornings and afternoons, with dinners currently only on Saturdays). It turns out Geffroy is as much of an a.m. burrito buff as myself; I opted for Roquette’s turkey sausage version with avocado and chipotle aioli (a vegan version containing tofu, spinach, black beans, avocado, mushrooms, etc. is for my next visit). The weather was agreeable that morning, so I took advantage of the bistro’s charming patio with cushioned seating and wall planters adorned with rows of succulents.

Weekday breakfast service is extended through lunch on weekends, perfect for late risers seeking eggy sustenance. My breakfast burrito was less about packing a tortilla with lots of potato and greasy goodness (note: I love those kinds, too), and more about focusing on the fluffiness of the egg scramble and smoky sauce incorporated throughout. I was actually taken aback during my initial bites by this realization, but quickly concluded that it could hold its own against a couple of places down the street. It was a pleasant change of pace from what I’m accustomed to.

Roquette’s Saturday dinner offering has begun picking up momentum. I grabbed a copy of the prix fixe menu and made a mental note of the reasonably priced trio of courses. Geffroy takes the time to change up the selections for each weekend service. Wine, beer and bubbles are available to imbibe with one’s dinner. Since seating is limited, reservations are required to guarantee a table. Note: Parking validation is available for the structure behind Roquette as well as the lot across from it. 201 Sandpointe Ave., Suite 150, Santa Ana

Read the whole Article on Voice of OC by Anne Marie Panoringan

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