Restaurant of the Week: Cross Court Cafe

Cross Court Cafe, 3410 Pomona Blvd. (at Temple), Pomona; open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Pomona is home to many wonders, among them the San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club, which contains the Cross Court Cafe, a rare spot for Indonesian food. I wouldn’t have known any of this if LA Weekly, of all places, hadn’t written a restaurant review about it that was forwarded to me by a reader.

Looking for a place to meet a Chino Hills friend (everyone should have a Chino Hills friend), I picked the cafe near Cal Poly Pomona. Once through the doors, non-members have to be buzzed in — just say “restaurant” or “cafe” — and the cafe is down the hall. It’s an unprepossessing place, a few tables embossed with the club log, a paper menu taped to the wall and an order window. The couple who runs the cafe will probably be found seated in the dining area but will scurry to assist you.

Indonesian fried rice is the item to get ($7.50), a melange of sausage, pork and fried egg in a crispy rice with bits of garlic, shrimp paste and fish sauce. This was hearty and very tasty. We also had stir fry noodle ($6), not bad, and steamed egg custard buns ($3), a dessert we liked. I had a taro smoothie ($4) and she had a passion fruit green tea ($2.25).

Three weeks later, I had to be at Cal Poly for an interview about its mariachi ensembles and used that as an excuse to go back to Cross Court Cafe. This time I had pad see ew ($8), or maybe an Indonesian dish similar to pad see ew — it wasn’t clear and it wasn’t on the menu. That was good too, and I got a milk tea with boba ($2.75). But if I return, it will be for the Indonesian fried rice.

The cafe seems to be open much of the day and into the evening, except for a break in the afternoon. I was there past closing without realizing it and the cafe owner let me out.

It’s possible, I think, to rent a court as a non-member, but we didn’t try. It was fun to watch people play for a few moments who know what they’re doing.

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  • Doug Evans

    This was fun to find out about! I’ve passed this location twice a day for 22 years, driving to and from work, and had no idea there was a cafe here. Maybe because the word “cafe” just blends in with the rest of the sign so I’ve never taken notice of it. Also, I’m always in a hurry on the way to work, so I’ve never thought of stopping in a cafe on the way there. But good to know if I’m ever in the area and have time for a meal!

    • davidallen909

      I loved writing about a place so obscure.

  • squall93

    Actually, the “Pad See Ew” you ordered is actually an Indonesian dish called “Kwetiao Goreng” which means stir-fried kwetiao. Kwetiao is what we called flat rice noodle. It is one of the staple ingredients alongside rice and egg noodle. I believe the cafe called it Stir Fry Flat Rice Noodle (Char Kwe Tiao).

    • davidallen909

      Thanks for the clarification! The owner may have said the name but what stuck in my mind was that she said it was like pad see ew.

      • squall93

        No problem. To be fair, they are both stir fried flat rice noodle, just two different take on the same main ingredient.