Bistro Papillote

3313 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Bistro Papillote is a French restaurant in Costa Mesa. This is French cuisine at its most rustic. The crepes, whether sweet or savory, are airy yet substantial (Nutella, a hearty ratatouille, a breakfast crepe heavy on the Mornay sauce). Better are the sandwiches: a worthy muffaletta, a simple one of ham and Swiss cheese enlivened by cornichons, and a croque monsieur that’s like eating a buttery pillow, so filling and comfy it is. The tarts have perfect crusts, the quiches are almost milky. Even something as simple as roasted vegetables -- Brussel sprouts, asparagus and cauliflower, to be exact -- become extraordinary with the addition of herbs and butter. And speaking of butter: I’m sure there's half a stick in the escargot.

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