Tustin, CA 92780
OC Weekly's Description
Cream Pan in Tustin has Japanese pastries like anpan and the eponymous cream pan. The place is also known for their shockingly good strawberry custard croissants that are bought by hungry Tustinites by the dozen. What many people may not know, though, is that Cream Pan has absolutely, unequivocally, the best baguette and épi in Orange County. It isn't just the flaky croissants stuffed with pastry cream and studded with juicy sliced strawberries (even at unusual times of the year) that people line up for at Cream Pan - the buns are certain to run out if you don't get a move on early in the morning; but there's also a whole case of tempting calorie bombs you'll walk past to get to the counter, and absolutely everything inside is made with the fanatical attention to detail only the Japanese could accomplish. Besides the Danishes that explode into feather-light shards in your mouth, the chefs also make spectacular cheese rolls. Cream Pan's goodies are reminiscent of crowded boulangeries in Paris and scream for just a little sweet butter and maybe a touch of jam before being dunked into coffee, Japanese-French style. It's this perfection that made Cream Pan the OC Weekly's Best Bakery in 2008 and 2012. Just look carefully when finding this bakery - they often change their outer facade.
Cream Pan, Tustin's beloved little Japanese bakery, recently expanded into bigger digs with a shiny espresso machine and a new name. The baked goods, however, smell just as sweet. Crusty loaves with long, determined gashes. Sugary dough domes filled with azuki and cream. All are spectacular. But we've got two words for you: strawberry croissant ($2.20). It's a pastry perfect in... More >>
Cream Pan, Tustin's beloved little Japanese bakery, recently expanded into bigger digs with a shiny espresso machine and a new name. The baked goods, however, smell just as sweet. Crusty loaves with long, determined gashes. Sugary dough domes filled with azuki and cream. All are spectacular. But we've got two words for you: strawberry croissant ($2.20). It's a pastry perfect in conception, construction and execution. Nothing in its triangular, hand-holdable frame can be improved upon. The croissant flakes off in crisp, buttery sheets; the custard is as cool as silk; and the sliced strawberries are perkier than a giggly, doe-eyed anime schoolgirl. And of course, it's sprinkled with plenty of powdered sugar to make it look like you've just snorted some blow. Japonaise's strawberry croissants are just as addicting.
Tips from foursquare
The best seller, the reason they exist, the one thing you must order if you come here, is the Strawberry Croissant! Nothing in its triangular, hand-holdable frame can be improved upon. Delicious!
Voted best bakery of 2012 by OC Weekly, Cream Pan is absolutely delicious! With danishes and flaky cream fillled croissants, this place will have your mouth watering!
The only authentic Japanese bakery in Orange County. Try their cream pan with coffee, sandwiches for lunch, or buy a loaf of bread to take home.
Try the Salmon Onigiri! They mix the salmon meat into the rice before sculpting. Every mouthful is a perfectly proportioned ratio of the two ingredients, salty and satisfyingly salmon-y.
I love this place!
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1. There'd better be some strawberry croissants left by the time I get to the front. 2. They need more than two cash registers.3. Supermarkets... More on Cream Pan »
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