Restaurateur Laurent Vrigand has built a burgeoning French empire. His Moulin cafés are bites of Paris in Orange County, where diners can savor a delicate crepe or hearty poulet frites, or a crusty baguette and jam before finishing with a delicate pastry.
But Moulin has mostly been a daytime-only affair, with the Laguna Beach location being the sole exception, staying open until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Now, Vrigand brings that same flair to a new evening-ready star, Bouillon.
Inspired by his grandfather who took him to a famed bouillon in Paris, Vrigand is attempting to re-create a class of restaurant known for serving traditional, no-fuss French cooking at affordable prices.
Bouillons flourished in Paris in the late 19th century and have recently seen a resurgence in popularity. Vrigand’s interpretation makes it easy to see why: It’s a bright, airy space with just enough French flair and a concise menu of classics.