New bistro-epicerie-cafe Moulin transforms the former Pascal Épicerie space in Newport Beach from dark and narrow to cheery and spacious. Expect all things French, including baguette sandwiches, niçoise and frisee salads, tartes and eclairs, charcuterie, cheeses, espresso, wine, beer, and rotisserie chicken roasted in a French-made oven. Born and raised in the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris, proprietor Laurent Vrignaud left a 30-year action-sports-industry career to recreate what he missed since moving here in the ’80s. The decor is a mix of posters, vintage bistro tables, chairs, and fixtures he collected on visits home. Chef Anthony Bar is former executive chef at several restaurants in France, and Vrignaud lured boulanger-patissier Patrick Sigaud—who owned bakeries in France and in San Diego County—out of retirement. Pain perdu and other breakfast classics; prix fixe dinner ($25) at 7 on Tuesday (click here for more). The epicerie sells mustards, jams, and honeys.
1000 N. Bristol St., 949-474-0920, moulinbistro.com