Belgian bakery and café Le Pain Quotidien (pronounced luh paN koh-ti-dyaN) will open its first Orange County location this fall in Fashion Island’s Pacific Court. Serving simple, elegant boulangerie fare, Le Pain Quotidien — meaning “the daily bread” — was founded in Brussels in 1990 by Chef Alain Coumont. The company’s Fashion Island outpost includes all day dining or quick and easy take-out service with the addition of a beautiful patio incorporating stunning ocean views.
The cornerstone of Le Pain Quotidien is its organic bread which is still kneaded and shaped by hand then baked in a hearth under the watchful eye of artisan bakers. Wheat, rye, spelt, five-grain walnut, baguettes, French rolls, brioche, croissants, muffins and other pastries, will all be baked fresh daily. Friday sees the addition of freshly baked challah.
Popular breakfast items include Homemade Organic Granola Parfait, Belgian Waffle, and an array of Omelettes made with organic eggs and served with organic bread and mesclun salad. A wide selection of soups, salads, tartines (open-faced sandwiches, a house specialty) all incorporate their signature breads and are offered for brunch, lunch and dinner. Other menu items will include Grilled Chicken Cobb salad with organic mesclun, avocado, bacon, Fourme d’Ambert, lapsang souchong vinaigrette; Tuscan White Bean and Prosciutto with arugula, shaved Parmesan, basil croutons; and Organic Red Quinoa with arugula, chickpeas and artichoke.
Delicious tartines include Atlantic Smoked Salmon with chopped dill, scallions and avocado; Roast Beef with caper mayonnaise, diced tomatoes and scallions; and Black Bean Hummus with organic black beans, avocado and spicy tahini spread. There are three Quiches including a Six Vegetable version with artichoke and garden vegetables on a gluten-free buckwheat crust. The menu contains vegetarian and vegan options along with organic and biodynamic beers and wines.
The bakery-café will offer an exclusive line of specialty retail products, including single estate Peruvian coffee beans, Belgian chocolates, jams and fruit preserves, artisanal olive oil from Tunisia, Italian honey, sea salt and black pepper, and balsamic vinegar.
“Our philosophy is to build lasting and meaningful partnerships with organic farmers, and to 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,” said Jay Wainwright, President of Le Pain Quotidien US. “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.”
Le Pain Quotidien features a communal dining table where guests are encouraged to linger and socialize over their meal or enjoy an organic coffee or tea. High ceilings, rustic brick walls, expansive windows and classical music provide a warm atmosphere, ideal for relaxation and conversation. Wood crafted tables, chairs, counters and displays give the café a timeless feel. Le Pain Quotidien uses reclaimed wood and recycled Gypsum in its construction with energy-efficient lamps, and environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and packaging.
The new Fashion Island restaurant will offer catering and the ability to host private parties in the restaurant or at offsite locations. For more information, please visit www.lepainquotidien.us/.
As Orange County’s premier coastal shopping and dining experience, Fashion Island features specialty boutiques, world-class department stores and a wide assortment of restaurants and cafes. Visited by more than 13 million people annually, Fashion Island offers a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California.
Owned by Irvine Company, Fashion Island is home to Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus, as well as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Home Store and Macy’s. For more information, please visit www.ShopFashionIsland.com.