Knife Pleat

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Review: Knife Pleat is the perfectly tailored French restaurant Orange County needs

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • December 11, 2019

On Black Friday of all days, I had just finished eating lunch at Knife Pleat, the 6-month-old French restaurant inside South Coast Plaza, when the lights flickered and then stayed off in the dining room. I watched as servers in neat white button

Mesa mall, including the Penthouse level, where Knife Pleat is located. The outage lasted nearly two hours. In the shadowy open kitchen, normally a well-lighted jewel box of burnished steel counters and state-of-the-art ovens, chef Tony Esnault looked

Best of 2019: Orange County’s 10 best new restaurants of the year

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • December 26, 2019

, Prosciutto and tomato toast at Maison Cafe in Dana Point (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) 5. Knife Pleat The long-awaited new culinary anchor of South Coast Plaza, the very francophile Knife Pleat is run by Tony Esnault and

the weekly Sunday afternoon tea is in a league of its own. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-266-3388, A view of the dinning room seen through the large open sliding glass doors at Knife Pleat, the new French restaurant in South Coast

Gem    Omakase by Gino    Isla Cuban    Anjappar    Maison Cafe & Market    Knife Pleat    Henry's    CdM    Louie's by the Bay    Fable & Spirit   

Review: Knife Pleat teeters on the verge of greatness but isn’t quite there yet

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • December 5, 2019

“Are we getting caviar?” an old friend asks, so full of hope.  We’re at Knife Pleat, the luxurious French restaurant that opened in June in the penthouse of South Coast Plaza in the space formerly occupied by Marché Moderne.  It’s the second time

an insignificant portion, it takes me 10 wavering nibbles to finish it, which I do more out of respect than pleasure.  “I should have brought you with me,” I say.  Knife Pleat is owned by Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi, a couple best known for their

Tony Esnault’s Highly Anticipated Knife Pleat Arrives at South Coast Plaza

Edwin Goei • OC Weekly • July 31, 2019

, highly anticipated French restaurant takes residence in Marche Moderne’s old spot on the highest floor. As with all French restaurants before it, Knife Pleat comes with a pedigreed chef whose training and experience can be traced to other famous French

? Knife Pleat, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 852-3974; Open Tues.-Sat., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Appetizers, $15-$32; entrées, $28-$58. Full bar.

The first great food book of 2021 is about race, restaurants and unlikely friendship

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • January 23, 2021

(including how they needed to navigate their business and connection during a pandemic), Morisano and Bailey have learned to lead by example. Lunch with Costa Mesa’s Knife Pleat on Jan. 31 The next installment in The Times’ Dinner Series moves the action to

daytime: Chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi of Costa Mesa’s Knife Pleat will host a four-course lunch to be picked up and reheated at home. “Ivory soup” (a purée of sunchokes, celery and leeks with winter truffle), sea bream with fennel and

20 outdoor patios for date night dining: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 12, 2020

Register/SCNG) Knife Pleat The scene: The penthouse terrace at Knife Pleat is a luxurious respite from the mall, or from life in general really. Settle into one of the feather-cushioned settees, calibrate your mind toward Champagne and envision Paris in the

springtime. What to order: Wild escargot, steak tartare, roasted duck, fig panna cotta, chocolate cremeux. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., third floor, Costa Mesa, 714-266-3388, Chocolate hazelnut Louis XV cake at Knife Pleat in Costa Mesa

Best thing I ate: Critic Brad A. Johnson’s 20 best dishes of 2019

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • December 19, 2019

, Bistecca alla Fiorentina at Louie’s by the Bay in Newport Beach (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) 4. Louis XV cake at Knife Pleat Every single one of pastry chef Germain Biotteau’s desserts at Knife Pleat is extraordinary but

none more so than this chocolate hazelnut cake. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-266-3388, Chocolate hazelnut Louis XV cake at Knife Pleat in Costa Mesa (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) 3. Unagi

Ask Brad: Why it matters that I take my own photos

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 16, 2020

I dine anonymously, and it’s why I take my own photos whenever possible. Sometimes my food is burned, like the pretzel bread at Knife Pleat in Costa Mesa or the pizza at Big Parm in Tustin. That wouldn’t have happened at an official photo shoot

Now Open: A New Food Hall in Tustin and MORE!

Edwin Goei • OC Weekly • June 24, 2019

, Santa Ana, CA 92704 The highly anticipated Knife Pleat has opened in the former location of Marche Moderne in South Coast Plaza. Some featured dishes include crudo with hiramisa and plankton; a “vegetable mosaic” with rye chips; and a lamb rack with

Spring's Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi to open a French restaurant at South Coast Plaza

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • May 16, 2018

third floor. Christian Louboutin, Oscar de la Renta and Canali are all neighbors. Knife Pleat is located in the space formerly occupied by the French restaurant Marché Moderne, which moved to Newport Coast last year. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant is

expected to seat 90. Esnault, who grew up in the Loire Valley and went to culinary school in Lyon, plans to use his last 25 years cooking in French fine dining restaurants as inspiration for the menu at Knife Pleat. Before opening Church & State and Spring