Opera Cafe & Patisserie is a small french cafe in Mira Mesa that caters mainly to the workers of the local surrounding big businesses. It is only open until 2:30 Mon-Fri and open on Sat until 2. Because of its short hours, I don’t get to visit it often. You can read about my first visit here.

This weekend I was able to make a quick trip. My favorite thing to get here are the desserts, especially the macarons. Priced at $11.95 for a box of 12, Opera Patisserie sells the cheapest macarons I’ve come across. They may not be the best macarons I’ve had, but they are pretty good and satisfy my macaron craving quite nicely.

BF and I decided to have a quick brunch there while picking up my desserts.

I chose a seafood quiche. It was accompanied with a salad.

BF ordered the eggs benedict, which was served with a small bowl of fruit and potatoes.

This is the second time we’ve dined on the breakfast/lunch menu at Opera Patisserie and we haven’t been impressed with the main entrees on either occasion. I think next time we will just stick to desserts, and there truffle fries.

We ordered the truffle fries last time and loved it so we had to order them again. For only around $4, you get a large serving of perfectly crispy thin cut fries, topped with Parmesan cheese and white truffle oil. Truffle oil is like crack for the BF. Usually he shows great restraint and waits for me to photo the food before digging in. But on both occasions where we’ve tried the fries, he digs in immediately and finishes off about a dozen before my camera is ready. His reasoning is that thee are so many that it won’t be noticeable in the photo.

We also ordered a croissant because I’ve had a serious croissant craving lately.

For dessert we got the hazelnut pyramid. A chocolate mousse set atop a crunchy hazelnut bottom. This was quite enjoyable.

Of course we also took back a box of the macarons. I didn’t waste much time photoing these, as I was too impatient and wanted to eat them. Here are some better photos from a previous trip. One thing I have noticed is that these macarons don’t keep well. In general, macarons shells will begin to get hard and brittle within a few days and it’s usually best to freeze uneaten ones. But these macarons get hard faster than ones I’ve made or bought elsewhere. Basically you really need to eat these the day of. Which is not a problem for me of course.

Opera Cafe & Patisserie
9254 Scranton Rd
San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 458-9050
www.operapatisserie.com
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8 Responses to “Opera Patisserie revisit”

  1. Kim — February 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Hey Kirbie! just wondering if you have tried the frozen macarons from Trader Joe’s they are around $5 for a box of 10, they only come in vanilla buttercream and chocolate but they aren’t bad at all, I wish the Opera ones were cheaper!

    • Kirbie replied: — February 9th, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

      yes I’ve had the Trader Joe’s ones! I like them too, though they only come in two flavors. I like that they are cheap though. I always hate having to wait for them to defrost ;-)

  2. caninecologne — February 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    i barely wait for the trader joe macarons to defrost! ha ha.

    i like the macarons at opera – sometimes they sell them at various farmer’s markets.

    • Kirbie replied: — February 9th, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

      I barely wait for them to defrost too. Usually mine are just semi-defrosted. I don’t have the patience. I didn’t know that they sold them at farmer’s markets. If they were open later hours I’d probably be here buying macarons every weekend.

  3. Sandy — February 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    You’re supposed to let the Trader Joe’s macarons defrost? Just kidding!

    I saw macarons at Bread & Cie, and really should have bought one to try. I forgot the price, though.

    • Kirbie replied: — February 9th, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

      Ooh, I’m sure the ones at Bread & Cie are good. I love everything there. Last time I went I didn’t see macarons but it’s been a while since I’ve been. I’d imagine it will probably be kind of on the pricey side for one though.

  4. caninecologne — February 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    what is pricy for you? i bought 2 dozen macarons at bouchon in nyc – $3 each. worth it! they were big too! i justified it with, ‘hey i’m on vacation!’ ha ha

    • Kirbie replied: — February 10th, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

      I think more than $2 for a macaron is pricey. I would still buy it because I love them, but I still feel they are pricey. Especially since they are eaten in like 3 bites!

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