Save the Plate: Paul Martin’s American Bistro Coming Soon

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Irvine’s food scene is definitely getting big — with Capital Seafood set to open another location at the Spectrum and CUCINA Enoteca coming this fall, you’ll have no shortage of choices when your stomach starts to growl. But what we’re anticipating is the latest from the team that brings you Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at Fashion Island and PF Changs, Paul Martin’s American Bistro.

“Irvine Company has a long history with restaurateur Paul Fleming from when he debuted the first Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and the first Orange County P.F. Chang’s China Bistro at our properties years ago,” says Keith Eyrich, President of Irvine Company Retail Properties. “Paul and Brian Bennett are both renowned restaurateurs and we know the local community will embrace Paul Martin’s American Bistro. It will be a welcome addition to our growing line-up of fine restaurants at Irvine Spectrum Center.”

The restaurant will offer contemporary American cuisine in a chic, sophisticated setting. Paul Martin’s American Bistro has been a longtime dream of Fleming and Bennett, who both wanted to create a restaurant  that they’d want to visit themselves.  The menu is centered around local, organic and seasonal foods from sources handpicked by the duo. With the success of the original Roseville restaurant in Northern California and the second location in El Segundo, the team is ready to introduce their back-to-the-farm concept to Orange County.

The menu will offer Cedar Planked Salmon, sautéed Bloomsdale spinach and crimini mushroom jus, Brick Chicken from Pitman Family Farms with mashed potatoes and fresh herb jus, and a Bistro Burger with fresh Prime chuck from Myers Ranch.  The varied selections are designed to encourage sharing, especially the assortment of small plates, a butcher’s board of artisan cheese and salume and a seafood platter with the freshest oysters, shrimp and crab. Other choices include a “Taste of Paul Martin’s” happy hour featuring $4 and $6 small plates and beverages daily from 3-7 p.m.

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