By Samantha Hammer
31952 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
Life has been quite a journey for Hans Loschl, owner and chef of Cafe Mozart, along with his partner and pastry chef extraordinaire, Carla Ramos.
Loschl grew up in Radlbrunn, a country farming community east of Vienna, Austria. His longtime wish was to become a great chef and own his own restaurant.
“I took the plunge,” Loschl said, “and decided to meet the world and find that special place to build my dream.”
In 2003, Cafe Mozart was formed in the charming community of San Juan Capistrano—a perfect setting for an old world-style restaurant. Both Loschl and Ramos worked on a complete site renovation, which took two years to finish.
The cuisine’s flair is European and continental, with menu items inspired by traditional German and Austrian specialties. Guest favorites are beef wellington, chicken wellington, beef stroganoff, sauerbraten and schnitzel. Loschl’s scalloped potatoes are asked for daily, with folks coming in and requesting a take-home delight.
Chef Ramos has a designer flair for her own decadent desserts, including flourless chocolate cake and bread pudding—both guest favorites with magnificent flavors. All desserts are made fresh for every occasion, including picture-perfect wedding cakes.
Live music is offered Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 6 p.m. A full bar with a vast selection of wines is available daily.
New organic salads and entree specialties are coming soon. Austrian-style coffee and Loschel’s unique strudels will add to a once-a-month morning gathering, bringing back an old world tradition starting in June.