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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Cafe Hiro - Cypress

10509 Valley View St
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 527-6090

I recently attended a food blogger meetup at Cafe Hiro in Cypress. This restaurant is a favorite of Elmomonster at Monster Munching, so we all decided that we had to try it.

We all arrived around noon on a Saturday. This is the time that they open. Since we had a large party of 16, we took up almost half of the tables in this small restaurant. Cafe Hiro is considered to be an "Asian Fusion" restaurant. The chef here cooks up delicious European dishes with a Japanese flair.

I looked over the menu and was immediately overwhelmed by the large variety of dishes that I wanted to order. I was trying to decide between beef curry, mushroom risotto, osso bucco or one of their many pasta dishes. I finally decided to get the Osso Bucco ($16.00). The Osso Bucco here is made differently than a traditional Osso Bucco as it is made with beef shortribs instead of a veal shank. It is served with your choice of white rice or freshly baked bread. I opted for the rice.

Meals here come with both their house salad and whatever the soup of the day is. The salad consists of basic baby greens covered in their house dressing. It was quite tasty. The soup they had that day was carrot. I thought it was pretty good, but a little watery. I was informed later that they seemed to be having an off day with their soup. I was told by Elmomonster that the soup is usually thicker and tastier.

(This picture was taken after I had taken a couple bites)

My Osso Bucco arrived and it looked absolutely delicious. My beef shortribs were surrounded by vegetables and covered in a thick brown sauce. The beef was incredibly tender and the vegetables, except for the potatoes, were cooked perfectly. The potatoes seemed to be a little underdone. It tasted fantastic. I will definitely order this again.

They have a lot of interesting desserts here. I have heard very good things about their croissant bread pudding. Unfortunately, this is a special and was not available on this day. I decided instead to get the Panna Cotta ($6.00 I think). It was served in a martini glass with fresh berries. It was perfectly creamy and very tasty. Before I knew it the entire glass was empty. I could have eaten so much more of this.

Cafe Hiro is definitely a restaurant that I would like to go back to over and over again. If it weren't all the way up in Cypress, I probably would have gone again already. I'm really looking forward to trying a lot of their other dishes in the future.

Cafe Hiro on Urbanspoon


elmomonster said...

So happy you liked it! And even happier that you liked it enough to make return trips.

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