Restaurant of the Week: Euro Cafe

Euro Cafe, 546 E. Base Line Road (at Mills), Claremont

Not every worthwhile restaurant in Claremont is in the Village. Case in point: Euro Cafe, located since 2004 in the Vons center on Base Line. Far from the most obvious spot for a bistro that touts itself as the only Portuguese restaurant outside L.A., but there you go.

It’s been a few years since I’ve eaten there, but I recently returned for lunch with friends. The cafe is small and L-shaped, but it’s homey and there’s some outdoor seating. Also, there’s a mural whose scene seems to incorporate France, Spain and Italy, reflecting the influences on the cuisine.

They have breakfast, salads, soup, pastas, panini sandwiches, espresso drinks and weekday specials of a Portuguese bent. One of us had a pasta fresca special ($8.45), with penne, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, onions and Brussel sprouts. (He said the dish may have turned him into a fan of Brussel sprouts, no small feat.) Others had the vegetarian panini ($7.75) and Linguica panini ($8, pictured), and I had pasta Portuguesa ($8.45), with penne, onions, bell peppers, garlic, tomato and sausage. We all liked our orders.

We overheard a couple of other languages being spoken at other tables. It’s safe to say Euro Cafe is the most continental spot in Claremont. And why not? Up on Base Line, it’s in almost foreign territory.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.cuevas.90 Rick Cuevas

    They sell their portuguese sausage so you can take it home. They have a soup that’s good too. In fact that small shopping center has THREE good restaurants in it. The STAR WOK next store gives overgenerous servings and has GREAT Won Ton soup. And the Mexican restaurant, Rincon Azteca is good also.

    • davidallen909

      Not being especially impressed with Claremont’s crop of Mexican restaurants, I’ll have to try Rincon Azteca.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pam.mcneil.16 Pam McNeil

    Try the bread pudding -

    • davidallen909

      You know every place in the valley with bread pudding!