Panini Cafe

Written by on November 14, 2014 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out, Persian with 1 Comment

( – Irvine, California

Panini Cafe

How I heard of this place: A mini reunion with family and cousins was cause for celebration at this Italian & Mediterranean establishment, unanimously agreed by all of the locals to be an economical and excellent lunch-time reunion spot.

Type of cuisine: Panini Cafe is a perfect blending of old world style favorites with a healthy and modern European flair. The food at Panini Cafe is distinctive and extraordinarily fresh and healthy. We use only the finest quality ingredients, including the best imported olive oil and low fat cheeses, and all our produce and breads are delivered fresh daily. With a commitment to quality and creativity, we offer an incredible variety of foods for breakfast lunch and dinner. Our Italian Mediterranean influenced kitchen gains inspiration from the best cuisine Europe and the Middle East has to offer.

Panini Cafe Podium

Our fresh, creative menu items are made from scratch and health oriented. Start your day with perfectly prepared eggs, omelettes, breakfast sandwiches or French toast accompanied by the espresso drink of your choice. If you are joining us for lunch or dinner you can indulge in one of our grilled Panini sandwiches, (which made us a favorite) for an exceptional kabob, made to order with your choice of grilled chicken, filet, lamb or fish skewered and tomatoes and peppers. Enjoy sparkling water or gourmet iced teas with your meal or a selection from our extensive beer and wine selections. In addition we offer outstanding salads, pizza and pasta and an extensive Mediterranean appetizer menu. In Panini Cafe we are proud of our tradition of serving the very best food in an inviting and relaxed atmosphere that is authentically European. Our commitment to fine food and excellent prices will make you want to stop by and treat yourself everyday!”

Ambiance: A stand-alone establishment within the confines of an Irvine shopping strip mall, the Panini Cafe’s orange umbrellas welcome patrons.

Panini Cafe Patio

Patio and indoor seating available, the wooden cupboards and granite countertops are reminiscent of a home kitchen space.

Panini Cafe Bar

We took our seats in the small-ish open floor plan and placed our orders.

Panini Cafe Dining Room

What I ordered: I began my meal with a glass of truly fresh squeezed orange juice ($3.95), while others selected their beverages. A party of six, we started with the Appetizer Combo Platter ($12.95) with a combination of housemade Mediterranean appetizers including Tatziki (chopped cucumbers, yogurt, fresh chopped garlic, and olive oil), Dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with ground sirloin, rice, raisins and spices), Babaganooj (roasted eggplant with fresh garlic, onion, organic yogurt, and olive oil), and an Organic Hummus Trio (organic garbanzo, black bean, and edamame hummus blended with virgin olive oil, fresh garlic and fresh lime juice), served with warm whole wheat pita bread and mixed greens.

Panini Cafe Combo Appetizer

Our main entrees included one Koobideh Kabob ($11.95): two skewers of charbroiled seasoned ground sirloin with skewered grilled vegetables, basmati rice and Mediterranean Greek salad; a Falafel Platter ($11.95): falafel patties made from garbanzo beans and herbs, served with hummus, tatziki, pickle, and pita with Mediterranean Greek salad; Filet Mignon Shish Kabob ($18.95): charbroiled USDA Choice Filet, skewered with grilled vegetables, basmati rice and a Mediterranean Greek salad;

Panini Cafe Filet Mignon Kabob

Fresh Salmon Kabob ($14.95) served with a skewer of grilled vegetables, and a substitute of only Mediterranean Greek Salad;

Panini Cafe Salmon Kabob & Salad

and two Charbroiled Chicken Shish Kabob plates ($9.95 each) served with basmati rice, skewered grilled vegetables and a Mediterranean Greek salad.

Panini Cafe Chicken Kabob

To satisfy the craving for a sweet dessert with a round of tea, my mom ordered (and shared) the Baklava ($1.95).

Panini Cafe Baklava

What I loved: Everything. Every bite flavorful, delightful and juicy. The chicken kabob among the top three I have ever had, the salad crisp and fresh with a perfectly pungent vinaigrette, grilled vegetables that add to the combination of foods on the plate. Wow.

Why I loved it: Family time. Amazingly delicious food. Satisfying. Perfect.

Cost: Low to average ($9.95 – $18.95 per large entree plate)

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  1. Big Sis says:

    Yay for family time and kabob. 🙂 xo

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