Independence Day. In Newport-Mesa, several French restaurants are
preparing special menus for the holiday, allowing us to share in Friday's
Bistro Le Crillon (2523 E. Bluff Drive in Eastbluff Center, Newport
Beach, (949) 640-8181) prepares a three-course, fixed-price menu that
features some of chef Chantal's favorite dishes. The feast will start
with a complimentary glass of French champagne, a perfect complement to
either of the hors d'oeuvres.
Celebrants may choose between country pates served over baby greens
with cornichons, small vinegary pickles, or fresh gooselivero7 foie
grasf7 served with toast points. The o7 foie grasf7 carries an
additional charge of $18 (it serves two), but is well worth it. It's
perhaps the best I've had anywhere.
Entree selections are a rack of lamb roasted in the wood-burning oven
and served with o7 haricots vertf7 (green beans) or breast of chicken
with a morel mushroom sauce.
Vive la difference!
Finally, dessert will be fresh fruit tartlets with lemon custard.
Dinner will be served in two seatings on Friday and Saturday, and will
cost $39.50 per person.
Mistral Restaurant (440 Heliotrope Ave., Corona del Mar, (949)
723-9685) is using the Bastille Day holiday to kick off its summerlong
Tour de France celebration, which will offer various fixed-price menus
throughout the season. The menus will carry two prices, the higher will
include a glass of wine especially paired with each course by owner Ed
The holiday menu, which is available Friday only, will start with a
selection of country pates and French dry sausage or a baby-greens salad
dressed with a mustard-vinaigrette and capped with baked brie cheese in
Entrees include a grilled ribeye steak topped with shallots and garlic
butter. It's served with o7 pommes fritesf7 (French fries) and o7
haricots vertf7 . The other entree choice is chicken cordon bleu, a
breaded breast of chicken stuffed with smoked ham and cheese, on a bed of
A caramelized apple tart with vanilla ice cream will top off the meal.
The dinner is priced at $16 per person without wine, or $29 per person