Just as the name suggests, the minute you step into Green Bliss Cafe, you will feel that calm, serene aura of bliss envelope you, especially if you mosey on down through the back doors into the courtyard in the back with the soothing sounds of the fountain trickling away.
I came here with a friend to see what the buzz was about and seriously, this is one of those places which I wish we had in Irvine. It is cute, eco-friendly, a coffee house if you will which serves food. VEGETARIAN FOOD!
We started with some coffee and although I’m not a coffee drinker, I tried some of my friend’s coffee and it was smooth and very flavorful. Let’s just say, it was very easy to drink.
We quickly moved on to some food and Avo Campania Panini with Salad ($9) was our first sandwich. Consisting of lightly sauteed mushrooms, avocado, artichoke hearts smeared with a hemp basil pesto on multigrain sourdough from OC Baking Company, the sandwich was substantial due to the use of portabella mushrooms, I didn’t miss the meat whatsoever. A small side of greens accompany.
A lot of major outlets, including 5-star hotels and restaurants use breads created by master artisan baker Dean Kim and some places do not showcase the breads the way they should. Not here. Green Bliss has done a great job pairing the filling with the bread and it absolutely shines through here.
The Curried Chickpea Salad Panini with Salad ($9) did not sound like something I’d like because I imagined it to be somewhat of a hummus-based sandwich. I was wrong. It was THE BEST vegetarian sandwich I’d tasted in a very long time. The chickpeas (garbanzo beans) were left whole and a handful of crushed almonds were thrown in to give it a nice crunch. It was the best mixed of flavors and textures in one mouthful. mixed greens, This is served on OC Baking’s marbled rye bread.
If you wanted a salad on its own, I suggest Spring Greens and Beet Salad ($9). Beets are in season right now and they are roasted, tossed with mixed greens, spiced walnuts, chunks of goat cheese, tossed in a dijon vinaigrette, and served with garlic crostini — yes, made with OC Baking bread.
Green Bliss is such a gem and I wish it were closer so I could visit more often. Those of you living in the area would be remiss if you do not pay them a visit. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and you can relax in the chill atmosphere to enjoy your food or drinks in. It definitely won me over, that’s for sure!
Green Bliss Cafe
305 N Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92832