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953 Newport Center Dr. (Pacific Coast Hwy. & Newport Center Dr.) Send to Phone
Cal-French sidewalk café serves up fresh fare in Fashion Island.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily

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: Located in Newport Beach’s Fashion Island shopping mall, this sister restaurant of L.A.'s Café Midi is a nice option for those used to the feel of European-style bistros. A dark wood and zinc-topped coffee bar sits inside the bright space with colorful mosaic tile floors. Most of the action, however, is out on the sunny patio, where a hip crowd occupies traditional French café chairs. The menu by genteel chef-owner Edouard Moyal is surprisingly extensive. Breakfast leans American with eggs, toast, omelets and even pancakes. But come lunch or dinner, look for options much more similar to those found at a Parisian sidewalk spot (beef Bourguignon), as well as those that have a light Californian influence, such as the grilled salmon Provençal. The croque monsieur is interpreted on sourdough bread with melted Gruyère, organic ham and grilled tomatoes. Vegetarians are pleased by Moyal’s inclusion of ingredients like tofu and mushrooms. Crêpes abound, some of which feature fun elements (think Nutella). As in L.A., this place is attached to the American Rag store, boasting vintage and modern fashion, furniture and accessories in a decidedly eclectic space.


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