Mimi's Cafe Launches Highly-Anticipated New Lunch And Dinner Menus

Mimi's returns to its French roots under the leadership of classically trained chefs, featuring authentic dishes from France

Oct 07, 2013, 07:51 ET from Mimi's Cafe

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the launch of the new breakfast menu on September 9, Mimi's Cafe announced today the debut of its completely reimagined lunch and dinner menus, featuring time-honored French-inspired bistro fare and updated classic American comfort food. The new menus promise a return to Mimi's classic French roots, featuring beloved dishes found in neighborhood cafes throughout France including Coq Au Vin, Bouillabaisse, and Sole Meuniere, among others. 

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Under the leadership of Mimi's Cafe President Phil Costner, (a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America), Katie Sutton, Mimi's Executive Chef (and a graduate of the French Culinary Institute) drove the culinary innovation for the new menus.

"The new breakfast menu, which became available last month, has been a tremendous success for Mimi's Cafe," said Costner. "Our guests are responding very favorably to our unique twists on classic French dishes and high-quality ingredients. We fully expect this will be the case with the new lunch and dinner menus and believe there will be several items that will transport our guests to a quaint French bistro with their first bite."

New lunch items include a Brioche Croque Madame, the beloved French sandwich served in cafes and brasseries across France, a decadent open-faced grilled ham and cheese sandwich served on buttery brioche bread, topped with a perfectly fried egg and Mornay sauce. The Grilled Salmon Salade Nicoise, which is also found on the dinner menu, is a twist on the classic tuna Nicoise salad, created here with grilled Atlantic salmon atop fresh mixed greens with Kalamata olives, sweet cherry tomatoes, haricots verts (green beans), hardboiled egg and provencal potatoes tossed in red wine shallot vinaigrette, and served with a petite French baguette. Dinner entrees include Bouillabaisse, as authentic as that found in Marseille - a fragrant Provencal soup of mussels, shrimp and tender scallops simmered in white wine with potatoes and tomatoes, and served with garlic croutons; Coq Au Vin, a comforting dish of chicken braised in red wine, mushrooms and pearl onions, served on top of creamy mashed potatoes with petite pois (tiny green peas); and Bistro Bavette Steak, a French-style grilled steak served with creamy au gratin potatoes enriched with mushroom duxelle and a choice of bordelaise or bearnaise sauce and seasonal vegetables. This fall, the seasonal vegetable is fresh Brussels Sprouts, roasted in olive oil with crispy prosciutto.

The dinner menu also features appetizers such as a craveable Baked Brie, served bubbling hot and accompanied by tart Granny Smith apple slices, apricot chutney and French baguette croutons; Mussels a la Mimi's, fresh mussels steamed in white wine, garlic and fresh herbs, served with garlic French baguette croutons; and a Petite Seafood Crepe, a homemade herbe crepe with sauteed shrimp, scallops and spinach in a savory, creamy lobster sauce.

In addition, Mimi's Cafe offers a selection of red, white and sparkling wines to complement lunch and dinner menus, as well as a variety of coffees, teas and other beverages.

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Founded by Arthur Simms, who was stationed in France during World War II, Mimi's Cafe is a neighborhood bistro inspired by the wonderful flavors, wines and unmistakable ambience of Paris, and named after a captivating mademoiselle he met named Mimi. In 1978, he opened the first Mimi's Cafe inspired by his memories of Mimi and passion for good food, wine and camaraderie that he remembered so fondly. Mimi's Cafe is owned by Le Duff America, Inc. and has 138 locations in 23 states. More information at www.MimisCafe.com.

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