Knife Pleat is extending its service to include lunch service starting today. Under the guidance of chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi the restaurant will serve lunch daily featuring a more casual à la carte and three-course menu.

“Guests have been clamoring for lunch service and we are delighted to now offer it,” says Sarmadi. “Our lunch menu is comprised of a variety of appetizers, light yet satisfying seasonal salads and entrées, as well as Tony’s daily prix-fixe menu. It’s perfect for a business lunch or a lovely break while shopping at South Coast Plaza.”

The restaurant provides three seating options: al fresco dining on the contemporary patio where guests may bask in the beautiful Southern California weather; the elegant but comfortable dining room, or a front-row seat to the kitchen action from the petit bar.

Knife Pleat’s lunch menu starters include a tender grilled octopus and steak tartare made with pasture-raised beef. Among the salad selections are Esnault’s masterful whole butter lettuce with pickled shallots, grain salad with autumn vegetables and a luscious lobster Caesar with avocado. Entrees range from housemade strozzapretti pasta and ocean trout to pasture bird chicken, duck cassoulet and steak frittes.

A smart three-course prix-fixe menu is offered for $32 at lunch, consisting of chef’s selection of seasonal soup or salad starter, followed by a daily entrée and dessert created by talented French pastry chef Germain Biotteau.

Knife Pleat serves lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. daily; dinner 5:30-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and Afternoon Tea 3-5 p.m. on Sundays, beginning September 29. For more information, visit www.knifepleat.com or call 714-266-3388.

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