Last weekend we headed in to Mimi’s Café in Fountain Valley with some friends to try out their new Frites Grill Menu which was recently launched and features authentic, rustic-cut French frites and classic bistro combinations such as Steak Frites, Roasted Half Chicken & Frites, Grilled Chicken and Frites, Grilled Atlantic Salmon & Frites, and Meyer Lemon Mussels & Frites, all made with house-made, herb-infused butters!
Executive Chef Katie Sutton and the Mimi’s team spent 60 days in France consulting with world-famous chefs to perfect the French frite. As of now 119 Mimi’s Café restaurants launched the Frites menu across the United States! The new frites (French fries) are made-from-scratch, rustic cut French frites. In order to create the perfect frites for Mimi’s Café, the culinary team sampled authentic French frites and talked with local chefs in brasseries, bistros and Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, Brittany and Normandy as a foundation for developing their new recipe.
“We wanted our new made-from-scratch frites to be so authentic that they would be worthy of the all-important ‘fait maison’ certification if our restaurants were located in France,” said Executive Chef Katie Sutton, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, in an interview. Fait Maison is a government demarcation certifying that a French restaurant serves house-made cuisine, with particular standards for frites. Sutton continued, “Authentic frites can be found in some independent restaurants in America, but most casual dining concepts still serve bagged, frozen French fries. Unique to Mimi’s, our new frites are made with Russet potatoes grown on a collective of four family farms in Southeastern Idaho that has been growing potatoes since the 1900s.”
When we went to visit Mimi’s Café last weekend we decided to try the Roasted Chicken & Frites and the Meyer Lemon Mussels & Frites. Our friends preferred their standard comfort foods they love to order at Mimi’s Café which were the half roasted turkey sandwich with a half Mediterranean salad and the French Dip sandwich with a bowl of Mimi’s amazing French Onion Soup. We also had the decadent carrot raisin bread, which is one of my personal favorites at Mimi’s Cafe!
I did notice in all of our meals that had the frites that the new recipe featured thick hand-cut potatoes, larger than a half inch, which are actually cooked twice! They are first blanched and cooled, and then they are fried for each order to insure a crispy, golden outside, yet a light and fluffy inside! The last part of the process is to add the fresh sea salt and herbs! Yum! I was impressed and of course I had my frites with mayo…a trick I learned in Amsterdam that I never gave up since I was 15 years old! I only eat my French fries with mayo! You should try it! It is so tasty!
Chef Katie Sutton has also formulated a new herb-infused butter that complemented the new Frites grill menu items quite nicely! The new entrees on the frites grill menu include:
- 28-day aged New York strip steak with house-made thyme-garlic butter for $17.99
- Grilled Atlantic Salmon with lemon-garlic butter and garlic spinach for $13.99
- Roasted Half Chicken with rosemary herbs de Provence butter for $15.99
- Meyer Lemon Mussels in a white wine-lemon broth with fresh herbs & garlic crostini for $11.99.
- Grilled Chicken and Frites with rosemary herbs de Provence butter for $12.99
I recommend heading in to Mimi’s sometime soon to try out this new menu as I think you will be extremely impressed! My chicken was nice and moist and had a fabulous flavor and my husband thoroughly enjoyed his Mussels and frites! The Meyer lemon adds a nice flavor profile and everything is fresh and made to order! Please tell me about your Mimi’s Café experience below! To see another one of mimi’s Cafe posts, click here –> MIMI’S CAFE FRENCH MENU.
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