Located in the most unlikely of spots–the Sutter Health Clinic–there’s little exterior signage to tip eaters off to this bonanza of French brasserie-style fare: homemade croissants, brioche, sandwiches (including a hearty Nicoise and zut alor, Croque Monsieur–Béchamel sauce, baked ham and Gruyere on bread) and soups.
It should come as little surprise that behind the restaurant are two French brothers, Alain (the pastry chef) and Marc (the sommelier) Pisan whose family have been artisanal bakers for generations. Alain’s wife, Renee (an American) heads up the café and catering kitchen, having immersed herself in the art of French cuisine.
With the remnants of a hazelnut crème puff still on my fingers, BiteClub can confidently report that desserts are Parisian-quality.
Alain whips up feather-light éclairs, tarts and cakes each day, most under $4, and some under $3. Raspberry mousse tart? Please.
If you go: Take the Mendocino exit off 101 and head down Hopper Avenue (look for the Kohl’s Department Store). Make a right on Airway Drive (you think you’re headed for a dead-end) and turn left into the Sutter Health Clinic. Go to the far parking lot and enter through the main entrance. Chloe’s is on the left, just use your nose.
–Food critic Heather Irwin