By Daniel Paris
The French Corner Café provides its patrons a travel portal to an authentic French Café experience. The croissants are flaky and buttery, the pastries are made with real cream and natural flavorings without the sugary caulking found in grocery store and donut shop pastries. The owner, Marc Davy, and his brother Aimeric, the pastry chef, came from France to open the French Corner in 2007. They have created an authentic bakery, restaurant, and patisserie to rival many Parisian bistros.
The French Corner Café offers an amazing variety of classic French cuisine from breakfast through dinner. Crepes, both savory and sweet, omelets, breakfast pastries, cafe au lait, a variety of quiches, eggs benedict for breakfast. Lunch offerings include a dizzying array of salads (Salad Niçoise is a must!) and les sandwiches on freshly baked baguette or croissant. The hamburgers are excellent (try one with brie) with ahi and veggie offered. If you have never tried a Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame, treat yourself to this savory French toast sandwich filled with French Lorraine ham, melted Swiss cheese and a rich, buttery mornay sauce. Perhaps you are in the mood to order a charcuterie, cheese, and pate (all house made) plate served with a fresh baguette.
Appetizers include mussels in garlic, shallots, and white wine, frogs legs, and of course garlic butter drenched escargot. Monthly special main courses are offered and include: Filet of Sole, Beef Bourguignon, Steak Frites, and Gratin Coquilles St. Jacques.
I have ordered many menu items and have always been impressed by the extra care taken with the ingredients and the composed presentation. The bakery is the best in the Coachella Valley, so be sure to take home some pastries, macarons, croissants, and baguettes.