Where can you roll in wearing flip-flops and shorts and have a beautiful French meal? Why, in Orange County’s South Coast Plaza, of course, at Marché Moderne. It’s entirely worth the expense, says Das Ubergeek.

One afternoon’s $25 prix fixe lunch included a very good leek-and-bacon quiche; suave onion salad; excellent tapenade; and salty, delicious pork loin with braised cabbage and truffle mousseline. Das Ubergeek’s wife was “blown away” by “a very large plate of wagyu carpaccio with a big monolith of Dungeness crab atop it (seriously, I was looking for apes worshipping around it).” Prix fixe choices change daily.

russkar is a regular; his favorite à la carte items are oysters on the half shell, Gustaf Anders–style herring, short ribs, sliders, fish, and the best steak tartare anywhere. And the desserts, agree all, are uniformly excellent.

This is “one of the best restaurants in OC and hopefully will continue to receive the support it has so far,” says russkar.

Marché Moderne [Orange County]
3333 Bristol Street #3001, Costa Mesa

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