Husband-and-wife team Chef David Gazzano and Carmen Barbur opened Le Cafe du Val at 1550 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy (just west of Arroyo Grande) in Green Valley in 2020. After outgrowing the space, they have completed an expansion adding a new wine bar and additional seating.
You may need to do a double take to make sure you have not been magically transported to France. There are crystal chandeliers, large mirrors, a chalkboard menu board and walk-up counter service just like you would find in a French café and an outdoor patio.
Also adding to the French ambience is enchanting French music piped in. Nice touches to the decor include faux olive trees and white flowers/peacock wallpaper.
The new wine bar serves a specially curated wine and beer menu; red and white sangria with macerated fruit; lavender, blood orange and peach mimosas; and wine cocktails such as Peach Bellini and Hibiscus Bubble Rita. Bottomless mimosas and pitchers of sangria are available for $28.
Along with the expansion comes a new brunch menu, served on Saturdays and Sundays while supplies last, featuring classic French dishes and twists on popular brunch items:
French Toast Trio: An amplified version of their Instagram famous French Toast featuring Peanut Butter and Jelly and Strawberry Chocolate with a new Apple Pie French Toast addition
Merguez: lamb sausage skewers served with a toasted baguette and a spicy harissa mayonnaise
Mini Lobster Roll: the classic dish featuring flavorful lobster salad served on a butter toasted brioche
Whipped Ricotta Spread: creamy ricotta whipped with hot honey, Espelette pepper from the Basque region and fresh basil served with a side of crispy focaccia
Steak Tartare with cornichons in its classic preparation
Short Rib Shakshuka mini skillet with fresh basil and homemade hot sauce topped with a sunny egg
In addition to the weekend brunch, some decidedly French house specials are offered daily, and include Foie Gras Torchon with sweet onion jam, Escargot de Bourgogne—oven roasted snails with garlic-herb butter and Duck Rillettes—duck confit spread, Dijon mustard and cornichons.
The regular menu has more French deliciousness and breakfast and lunch favorites, with items including pastries made in France that are frozen and baked in-house; croissant sandwiches like the Croissant Jambon with ham, gruyere cheese and bechamel; Avocado Toast with homemade basil sauce, avocado, poached egg and feta; Organic Granola Bowl with organic granola, Greek yogurt and seasonal berries; Eggs Benedict with option to add smoked salmon, bacon or brie; several crepes variations such as Nutella Banana with Nutella sauce, banana and whipped cream; galettes made with gluten-free buckwheat crepes, sandwich options including prosciutto, tuna, turkey, chicken, French dip, cucumber and vegan tofu; several salads; and desserts like cheesecake and torts that are made in-house.
Le Cafe du Val and its sister restaurant, Le Cafe du Sud in Southern Highlands, are open daily 7 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Happy Hour is available Monday through Friday with half-price bottles from 1-4 p.m. and half-price pastries from 3:30-4 p.m.
To view the menus, visit www.lecafeduvegas.com.