Le Pain Quotidien sets its sights on October for the opening of its first Belgian bakery and café in Newport Beach. Its first Orange County location will be in Fashion Island’s Pacific Court. The 169-seat restaurant also will have a 400-square foot patio with ocean views.
Baking classes offered
The Brussels-based restaurant’s name means “the daily bread.” It now has 150 locations worldwide. The Fashion Island location will be only the second worldwide to feature an on-site bakery that will offer baking classes to the public. The bakery offers organic bread, which is still kneaded and shaped by hand then baked in a hearth. Among breads are wheat, rye, spelt, five-grain walnut, baguettes, French rolls, brioches, croissants, muffins and other pastries. On Fridays freshly baked challah is available.
“We think that this Fashion Island location will be a welcome addition to the region’s rich dining landscape,” said Jay Wainwright, president of Le Pain Quotidien US.
The menus also cater to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served for in-restaurant dining or take-out. Among items are soups, salads, tartines (open-faced sandwiches—a house specialty). More than a dozen tartines will be on the menu from Paris Ham and Aged Gruyere to Organic Black Bean Hummus with avocado and spicy tahini.
The menu will change about five times a year. The cafe also features its signature communal dining table.
Opening hours this fall will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.