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Ô Gourmet French Café & Bakery
32341 Camino Capistrano
By Allison Jarrell
At Ô Gourmet French Café & Bakery, you won’t find any Danish pastries or Americanized dishes. Rather, co-owners Benoit Jussaume and Eric Djomby offer up something far more unique in San Juan Capistrano—a genuine French café experience.
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.
The café opened about eight months ago and has garnered a loyal customer base—especially on the weekends when diners can leisurely enjoy the café’s all-day breakfast and array of espresso drinks indoors or out on the terrace.
“The environment, the people, it was the perfect match for us to start a small business here,” Jussaume said. “San Juan has a small-town feel, where people know each other.”
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).
Djomby and Jussaume have enjoyed their time becoming part of San Juan Capistrano’s tight-knit community. Djomby said they strive to not only offer warm bread with an authentic taste, but also a warm welcome to each person who walks through their doors. They encourage patrons to sit, relax, and share their experiences with one another—all while enjoying a café au lait and a fresh-baked croissant.
Ô Gourmet is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Breakfast is served 6 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday and all day Friday through Sunday. Ô Gourmet also offers catering services for parties and events.
Follow Ô Gourmet Café & Bakery on Facebook, or on Instagram at ogourmetcafe.