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“Cold - Slow and Overpriced”
Review of Aroma Bakery and Cafe La Jolla - CLOSED

Aroma Bakery and Cafe La Jolla
Price range: US$7 - US$15
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Fay Street
Description: Aroma Bakery and Cafe is a one of a kind restaurant in the Heart of The Village and the only known bakery on Prospect Street. The bakers arrive 5 a.m. to bake the finest pastries ready early for breakfast and throughout the day to the night. Our extensive and interactive 42 page menu of savory cuisines from the continental U.S. to dishes from Europe and Middle East will surely fulfil one's appetite. Aroma's extensive Pizza, Salad and Pasta dishes along with our signature Beef Stroganoff, Schnitzel and steaming Chicken Pesto caters to all. With outside seating on Prospect and Fay, Aroma is the place to relax and enjoy your mouth watering needs for pastries and cuisine.
Reviewed 11 November 2013

If all you want is a pastry or baked goods, then by all means visit the Aroma in LaJolla. We recently had breakfast at the Aroma on a Saturday morning. There were very few people at the restaurant and we got a seat outside to enjoy the day. The service was terrible, it took forever for someone to take our order, then when we got our coffee, my coffee was spilled and sitting in a wet puddle of a saucer, causing lots of dripping and a mess. The server did not care and left us. The food we ordered was basic stuff, but it took a long time and when we got it, it was cold, clearly the waiter was late in picking it up.

We spend so much extra time here that we just wanted to eat and get out of there, never to return again. We did not send our food back or really complain since they were clearly not interested in our business.

We did see a bunch of groups starting to come in that meet there regularily, perhaps they treat their regulars with respect. But it is clearly obvious they have no intention of creating any new regulars.

We really should have gone to Cody's, when we walked by Cody's it was emptry when we returned it was packed, we cleary are just early risers and LaJolla does not wake up on the weekend until after 9..... Next time we go to LaJolla we will visit Cody's and never waste our time, apetite or money on the Aroma

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Thank lost_bobcat
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

Aroma Cafe & Bakery has excellent curb appeal with it's classic interior decor and pleasant sidewalk patio seating. Recently we tried Aroma for Sunday breakfast for which I offer a mixed review. Service was attentive and we were seated promptly, choosing to sit inside. A great attraction is the selection of delicious pastries displayed in a very large glass caseline. After ordering our breakfast, we studied the lunch and dinner menus which looked good; the restaurant also has a big pizza oven as flatbread and pizzas are part of lunch/dinner menus. Now for the food- husband ordered the Tuscan omelet and I the Jerusalem breakfast with poached eggs. Omelet was well-prepared and accompanied by nicely roasted red potatoes. Also included
with the omelet was a dish of fresh fruit. This is something most places do not offer. My poached eggs were properly done, but they were swimming in water. Most good cooks know that poached
eggs need to be blotted or drained. A real issue and the reason for the average rating was the bread that came with breakfast. For my husband, it was a slice of grocery store sandwich bread and mine was a pita, again, a cheap grocery version. We expected great bread from a place that
has "Bakery" in it's name. How hard would it be to wow customers with a nice hot slice of
flatbread from the pizza oven? Small attention to detail will help this place get beyond average.
Another suggestion is to move the cart where waiters place the used dishes. It is at the entry door of the restaurant, so one of the first things seen by customers are stacks of dirty dishes, plus the clatter of them being shoved onto the cart...again...attention to detail.

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Thank catwalkr
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

It's an okay cafe. The food is very good but the service sucks. Sorry for the term but that's the reality. Ordering something and getting something else and starting as well commentaries like "No, it's what you've ordered" and suddenly someone else coming and repairing the mistake. It's too bad because the location is great, La Jolla is great and unfortunately for this cafe there are plenty other cozy places where you can have a bite and chill. For sure I'm not recommending my friends to go there.

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2  Thank Cristian C
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

I love Aroma Cafe in Studio City and was pleased to find one on a recent early morning. All the baked goods and great food was in evidence. I just wanted a cup of coffee. It was lousy!

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Thank Linkeman
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

The food is great here. The owner hasn't figured out that he/she needs to actually hire more than one person to wait on people. If they hired some pros to work there, it would really rock. There was one person there and up around the corner for coffee, the other place was packed. Now I know why.

Thank Matt K
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