So you are shopping at Fashion Island and you get a little hungry. You want something good and fast, but not fast food. Maybe you want something from a bakery or cafe. How about a sandwich maybe? Something like Panera Bread or Corner Bakery, but not exactly that? Well how fitting, because Fashion Island has Pain Du Monde. Pain Du Monde is French, and it means bread of the world — this place is serious about their bread and baked goods.
Upon walking it, I just had a feeling it would be good. It’s a small bakery and cafe situated next to all of the expensive restaurants. And since it’s a cafe, it won’t hurt your wallet. It looked like a coffee shop, but most of the people there were eating. “Hmm, must be some good eating over here”, I thought to myself. I saw in the front, a whole display of baked goods and a menu full of wraps and sandwiches. I ordered half of their southwest chicken sandwich and tuna salad sandwich.
The Southwest had chicken, jack cheese, guacamole, and other veggies on a cheddar jalapeno roll. The kick from the southwest sauce really made this sandwich stand out. The tuna salad sandwich was great too — It had a fresh tuna taste that was clean and not overly “mayonnaisey”. The fresh tomatoes and greens were perfect in it as well. Both sandwiches were delicious as I would want to try the others. I also gave in and ordered a cinnamon twist. I was hesitant on getting a dessert, but sometimes I have to indulge myself on trips like this. Are you with me?
This thing was massive — they served it on a plate, and it didn’t even fit. I could tell by looking that the outer layer was going to be flakey — you could see all the layers of the dough. The inside was also very yummy — the best part. You bite in, and you get the crunch from the outside, and inside you get that mix of the dough with cinnamon and sugar. The whole thing was scrumptious – when I start using words like scrumptious, you know it’s good.
I’m glad that this was one of our stops. It was good food done simple — none of this fancy shmancy stuff. They also have these cafes in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, and Dana Point. I think these guys like to stick near the water. That is alright by me because I like the beach, and I like Pain du Monde.