Michelin-lauded chef Ross Pangilian has joined forces with longtime friend, chef Nick Weber to create the latest South Coast Plaza dining sensation, Populaire Modern Bistro.
Populaire Modern Bistro features classic French bistro staples with an innovative, modern California twist. Parisian bistro dishes are interpreted by Weber with California ingredients in a creative, quirky menu. The dishes are simple on technique and heavy on seasonal ingredients. While proteins remain consistent on the menu, the garnishes change with the season.
What's one of Chef Nick's favorite dishes on the menu? The Duck Confit Spliff. For this perfectly crafted duck entreé, Populaire uses the whole duck and cooks the breast on the bone, which they then marinate in a homemade Amazake. It is then air dried for four to five days resulting in an end flavor that is absolutely amazing.
Located on level 2 of the Saks Fifth Avenue wing, the space offers indoor and outdoor seating as well as a petit dining room accented in French blue with marble-topped tables and bistro chairs.
Photo credit: Ron DeAngelis.