Le Pain Quotidien

Written by on January 3, 2016 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(lepainquotidien.com) – Fashion Island, Newport Beach, California

How I heard of this place: My friend and former house-mate recommended Le Pain Quotidien (pronouced like this: luh paN koh-ti-dyaN and it means “the daily bread“) while I was living in Arlington, Virginia.

Le Pain Quotidien CA Cookbook Dark

Type of cuisine: “Whenever we can, we source organic ingredients. This way, we not only build lasting and meaningful partnerships with organic farmers, but we also ensure our ingredients are of the highest quality. It’s about finding the very best, in a way that is good for all of us.” Breads, pastries, salads, soups and accoutrements, and all fresh and homemade. “Our bread is made today exactly as it was in the beginning: with only organic stone-ground flour, salt, and water, kneaded and shaped by hand and baked in a hearth under the watchful eye of artisan bakers.” As for the “finely craft[ed]…delectable pastries in our pâtisserie…we understand the magic of a buttery, flaky croissant and of a dark, fudgy brownie. We bake our pastries fresh every day so that we can offer you that magic whenever you need it.” And if you are not satisfied after consuming your well-portioned, well-balanced and light, yet flavorful meal, snack or pastry,

Le Pain Quotidien CA Seasonal Menu

Le Pain Quotidien helps you take some of France home: “We insist on the freshest and finest ingredients. If we can’t find them, we make them ourselves. Our shelves are lined with the products we’ve created: the jams and chocolate spreads on the communal table, the granola in your parfait, the coffee that fills your bowl.”

Ambiance: “This philosophy influences every part of the way we do business, from the food we serve to the design of our stores to the materials we use. We use reclaimed wood and recycled Gypsum in construction, energy-efficient lamps, and environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and packaging. It’s good for our bodies, our communities, and our earth.” The rustic space comes complete with minimalist class. Tall ceilings, brick walls, sparsely decorated, a large chalkboard with a handwritten menu of specials du jour. A small window with ledge hosts artisan breads and pastries, and the wooden furnishings interspersed throughout look straight out of an early 1900s home, hosting silverware, condiments and other such necessities.

Le Pain Quotidien CA Cookbook

The most noteworthy demarkation indoors is the large, wooden communal table at the center of the cafe seating area, where patrons are invited to sit and break bread with neighboring diners. “Friends and strangers alike come together around our communal table to break bread and linger for a while. Like all of our furniture, the communal table is made from reclaimed wood, which means no trees were sacrificed for us to sit and unwind. Take a seat next to a neighbor, share the Brunette and be reminded that, even in the big city, we are a community.” The entry-way opens up to a beautiful, asymmetrically raised display of cookies, muffins, scones and other delightfully sweet pastries. The cashier is set against a background of fresh baked artisan and rustic breads, making for an inviting setting, yet challenging to decide!

Le Pain Quotidien CA Kitchen Peek 2

What I ordered: My sisters and I started our morning off with a delicious selection of breakfast options. Two of us shared the Seasonal Special Butternut Squash Goat Cheese & Chive Frittata ($11.75),

Le Pain Quotidien CA Butternut Squash Frittata

while the third had an Americano ($4),

Le Pain Quotidien CA Americano

and a Pesto Gruyere Omelette ($12.75).

Le Pain Quotidien CA Pesto Omelette

What I loved: The Pesto Omelette. But the yummiest thing here is something that is already found at the table and does not need to be ordered: Hazelnut Praline Paste. Go. Get. It.

Why I loved it: I love the atmosphere, casual, yet classy, easy and comfortable. I love the abundance of options, whether one is there for breakfast, lunch, a snack or a cup of coffee, it is a space that invites. The pastries and entrées beautifully presented, it is definitely a place to which I will return, for brunch, lunch, dinner.

Le Pain Quotidien CA Butternut Squash Frittata Side

Cost: Average to high ($8-$10 per breakfast selection)

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