Opened in Spring 2019 in Anaheim, LIT Cafe represents a thoroughly modern mashup of culinary talents and influences. Owned and run by the husband and wife chef team of David Fujimura and Erica Tiangnaka — who’ve made their marks working alongside some of the biggest names in food (think Charlie Palmer and Seakyeoung Kim, Florent and Amelia Marneau and Stephane Treand) — LIT Cafe promises to live up to its name, offering exciting, top-notch fare at reasonable prices. (Now that’s LIT!)
Walk into LIT Cafe, occupying a spacious corner of an otherwise unassuming new shopping center in Anaheim, and you’re instantly welcomed into a stylish yet casual and comfortable environment where you can relax and enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or brunch with family, friends or co-workers, or pick up some tasty food to go. Located at the crossroads of Orange County where the 55 and 91 Freeways meet, LIT Cafe redefines approachable cuisine — it’s not only easy to get to, but also offers both favorite and fusion dishes with something for everyone to love…and to discover…at down-to-earth prices. Browse the bakery case with creations by renowned pastry chef Erica Tiangnaka, including French staples interpreted with her visionary twist. Or, make yourself at home and order up some of LIT Cafe’s signature dishes influenced by the chefs’ culinary training and cultures — spanning French, Mexican, Indonesian and Japanese cuisine.
The Menu – Breakfast + Lunch
We’ve tipped our hands, a bit, about the flavors you’ll find at LIT Cafe, thanks to the unique vision of two Le Cordon Bleu Pasadena-trained chefs (btw, they were also trained by their moms, both accomplished cooks in their own rights). Now, it’s time to take a deeper dive into the menu. At breakfast, expect some not-so-typical toasts, including gratine and brick toast versions, combos ranging from eggs and (applewood-smoked) bacon or (Kurobuta pork) sausage, omelettes and the best baked goods in town. For lunch, rad takes on salads — including the Kinda – Like – Uh – Caesar with citrus-buttermilk dressing — and sandwiches (the Philly Cheese “Tori” with sliced confit chicken breast, smoked mozzarella, caramelized onion, sautéed mushrooms, and chipotle aioli on a hoagie bun). And, of course, burgers — theirs done with teriyaki-dipped beef — or go Extraordinary with a LIT Loco or Moderne Shorty Poutine, with most everything priced below $11.
Is there any meal more LIT than brunch, nowadays? It’s the thing that Saturdays and Sundays are planned around, and LIT Cafe’s brunch menu is definitely wake-up-and-get-out worthy. Yes, you’ll have mimosas and bloody marys, and they’ll taste even better when paired with one of LIT’s Insta-worthy plates. For your consideration…Savory Oatmeal (with pork floss, egg and onion), Tempura French Toast (add caviar), Souffle Pancakes (straight outta Japan), and the Breakfast Board (ever had a charcuterie presentation for brekkie?).
The Highlights + Specials
Okay, so we’ve given you a lot to think about, including some of the incredible dishes you’ll find only on LIT Cafe’s Uber-appealing and inventive menus. But humor us by tempting you with just a few more culinary creations that really illustrate LIT’s modern mashup of influences and flavors:
Doria — A French-Japanese fusion dish layering Japanese butter/consomme fried rice with French Mornay sauce (white wine cream) with a Parmesan cheese and panko crust.
Chilaquiles — Taking the traditional chilaquiles up two (or more) notches with Salsa Fuego de Jairo or Salsa Rojo, spicy red cabbage slaw, flaming bacon, sour cream, sunny side up egg, queso fresco and cilantro.
Seoul Fries — Fries topped with Korean BBQ ribs, blue cheese fondue, white cheddar, green onions + daikon sprout salad, housemade picked daikon, sesame seeds
David Fujimura is LIT Cafe’s owner and Executive Chef, with more than 13 years of experience in the food and hospitality industry in his native SoCal that includes graduating from culinary school at the Le Cordon Bleu Pasadena, serving as lead cook at Marche Moderne at South Coast Plaza, and sous chef tenures at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Irvine’s 6ix Park Grill, Cafe Hiro in Cypress, and Charlie Palmer at South Coast Plaza.
Erica Tjangnaka is LIT Cafe’s owner and Pastry Chef and best known as the protégé of famed M.O.F., Chef Stephane Treand of ST Patisserie Chocolat in Costa Mesa, California. Erica graduated with honors from Le Cordon Bleu Pasadena, interned at Noe Restaurant in Los Angeles and then went to the St. Regis Hotel and Resort in Dana Point, California where she began her tenure with Chef Stephane. Erica also worked under Chef Amelia at Marche Moderne and as Pastry Chef and Consultant at Charlie Palmer.
We can’t forget their mentor and sounding board Ed Lee.
LIT Cafe is located at 1071 N. Tustin Avenue, Anaheim, California 92807, 714.866.9935