Budding French chain brings patisserie and viennoiserie favorites to Costa Mesa’s SoCo.
This is Moulin’s fourth location—and in some ways, its most important. At SoCo, Moulin will produce confections and pastries for all its locations. The sweet treats are so essential that there’s a 17-foot glass pastry case and an exhibition-style kitchen, where diners and guests can watch Moulin’s pastry team in action. Keep an eye out for the baba au rhum. 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa
Fable & Spirit
Modern, Irish-inspired cuisine lands on Lido Isle from the owners of Dublin 4 Gastropub.
Fable & Spirit is a polished neighborhood restaurant with all-county aspirations. The chef is David Shofner, who also explores the refined side of pub grub at Dublin 4 in Mission Viejo. Here, the cooking is more ambitious—and global. Think beet agnolotti with chevre foam, roasted bone marrow with a sunchoke salad, and Alaskan halibut with celeriac, chanterelles, and English peas. 3441 Via Lido, Newport Beach, 949-409-9913
Costa Mesa stalwart expands to Huntington Beach with a fresh focus on seafood.
Once with Social Costa Mesa, chef Jeffrey Boullt is back to serve as Social’s corporate executive chef. His menu at the restaurant’s new Huntington Beach location carries on the playful merging of Southern and California cuisines but with special attention to seafood, particularly at the raw bar and wood-fired grill. 21214 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 760-695-2487
One of Little Saigon’s newest noodle houses serves an array of soups and banh cuon.
At Quán Bún, the menu is concise and thematic, featuring more than a dozen dishes with some form of rice. There are bowls of porridge and quintessential noodle soups such as bun bo Hue with thin rice vermicelli and shrimp-laden canh bun with thick rice vermicelli. There’s also banh cuon, steamed rice sheets loaded with all manner of Vietnamese charcuterie. 9792 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, 657-667-0123