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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Jolanda's Cafe and Catering Lake Forest


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Twin Peaks Plaza
23615 El Toro Road
Unit T
Lake Forest, CA 92630

949-470-1530

Serving breakfast and lunch only, daily from 7:30 AM-3:00 PM

www.jolandascatering.com
(Catering info only-No restaurant info.)


I hadn't been to Jolanda's for a while, but recently decided to stop by there for lunch. This may sound mean, but eating at Jolanda's gives one the feeling of eating in the cafeteria of an old folks home. Cheap cafeteria food and senior citizens galore. The thing is, sometimes I'm in the mood for cheap cafeteria food. However, since prices have gone up since my last visit this place isn't as cheap anymore. When I say that a lot of old people eat here, I only mean that I was the youngest person dining here by at least 40 years.....yeah.... It must be because this place is near what used to be known as "Leisure World," now "Laguna Woods," a large retirement community. Jolanda's has a whole "French" theme going on, but with the exception of the fact that they bake fresh croissants here, they don't really have any French food.

Jolanda's serves breakfast all day. The breakfast here consists of all the standard breakfast fare, from bacon to sausage to corned beef hash and eggs. The lunch menu is pretty much standard salads and sandwiches. They also offer a daily special that is usually their heartiest meal on the menu. Daily specials are now $7.99, they were $6.99 the last time I went. Here are the daily specials:

Monday: American Meatloaf
Tuesday: Tender Beef Brisket
Wednesday: Roast Pork
Thursday: Quesadilla
Friday: Roast Chicken
Saturday: Salmon Caesar Salad
Sunday: Lasagna

I have only eaten at this restaurant on Tuesdays because I like their beef brisket meal. The brisket is served with mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables and a dinner roll or french bread. I asked for a croissant instead of my dinner roll. They used to offer this option for free, but apparently now it is $1.00 extra. I thought it was odd that they were charging $1.00 extra, especially since the croissant was only 30 cents more than the french bread on the menu. The vegetables here are of the frozen variety. They even have the long forgotten lima bean in them. The croissants here used to be pretty good, but this time it was just ho-hum. Due to the price of my standard meal here going up $2.00, I don't think I will be returning again. I think there are much better lunches to be had out there for $9.00.

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(Tender Beef Brisket Meal)

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(The $1 extra croissant)

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(The standard "included" bread that the other diner I was with received)


Jolanda's Le Croissant de Paris on Urbanspoon

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

This food looks disgusting

Anonymous said...

We LOVE this place. The prices are so reasonable. If you go for breakfast, order their crossant. They have a machine imported from France that makes these the best. The traditional breakfast is still the best buy in Orange County.

terrine recipes said...

This humble restaurant at Lake Forest, CA caters to a broader audience with their competitive prices and good food at a minimum of $10 a pop.

nyc catering said...

They have some good selection of foods. It depends on your preferred taste.

Maia Dobson said...

The tender beef bisket paired with croissant looks yummy. I'll definitely try this one because they come with reasonable prices too. catering new york

Michelle Helena Cabrera said...

The food looks okay and they taste fine. They only need new catering equipmentsfor a better presentation. Still, your judgments are based on your preferred taste.

Jean Raizel Gonzales said...

I've been to Jolonda's Cafe and I can say, the food is okay, but there should be some changes in the menu. We dined in right after my mom's colonic hydrotherapy treatment and she needed vegetables but we couldn't order it due to some reason. We couldn't leave because we had no other choice, so I just bought a single serving veggie meal somewhere else.

Caleb Greene said...

I did a survey about Jolanda's Cafe, and so far, most of them are positive. So maybe they only need improvement, and not major changes.

Kate Daniels said...

My little sister used to be such a fussy eater, but every time I take her to Jolanda's Cafe, there's nothing, and I mean NOTHING in the menu that she wouldn't eat.

Annabelle Wakehurst said...

Their signature dish is affordable. I think I might visit that restaurant with my family on Sunday.

Dean Young said...

I think I have to try eating at that restaurant before I have to make any comments about it. I'm thinking about going to that place on weekend.

Andrew Jacobs said...

Being in the catering business, they need to offer good food and a good catering presentation. Aside from this, it is very important to have a good cleaning solutions for the dishes and utensils that was used during the catering service.

Sean Barrett said...

I wonder if that cafe and catering restaurant is for health conscious people. Why did I say it? It's because the food that they are serving and is being offered looks all delicious and tempting, no one can avoid to order any of those foods.

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