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Knife Pleat

3333 Bristol St. Send to Phone
French restaurant from restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi and chef Tony Esnault at South Coast Plaza.

Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

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Knife Pleat, Costa Mesa, CA

Knife Pleat Restaurant Review

: Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi and chef Tony Esnault (formerly of Los Angeles’ French bistro Church & State) are behind Knife Pleat at South Coast Plaza. (The name comes from a fashion term, which is appropriate since the restaurant is in such a notable shopping destination.) It occupies the upscale property’s third-level Penthouse and seats 80 diners in a chic dining room with wood tables, an alabaster chandelier and a skylight. There is also a white marble bar offering a look at the action in the kitchen, which boasts a wood-burning oven. Esnault draws on his fine-dining experience and present modern interpretations of classic French techniques. The seasonal menu is inspired from all the provinces of France --- think light dishes from the south of France in the spring and summer and game dishes and hearty plates from Alsace in autumn and winter.


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