French bakery Pandor opens in Newport Beach

Anyone who loves croissants or rustic breads will love Pandor, a French bakery with baguettes, pastries and café food.
Photo: Pandor


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. August, 2012—The same family behind RTR bakery, a wholesale company that supplies top hotels with their bread, just opened Pandor, a retail bakery with French artisan breads, pastries, paninis and salads.

The name, Pandor, was inspired by the French words for golden bread, Pain d’Or.  Husband-and-wife Owners, Raffi and Tiffany Sepetjian, created the concept after multiple visits to France, in part to satisfy their own craving for the baked goods they came to know in their travels. 

“My husband and I have always loved to travel, and France has been a favorite destination of ours. Now, with three children, we find it hard to go to Europe to satiate our desire for authentic French baked goods,” explained Tiffany.

They hired French master bakers to create the authentic flavors and textures of fruit tarts, almond and chocolate croissants, brioche, baguettes. The croissants in particular are buttery, flaky goodness defined. Try the almond for pastry nirvana.

Some unbeatable sandwiches to try include their take on Grilled vegetable panini or the tuna with capers, Maui onions and Vermont cheddar. The Habano comes with tender roast pork, cured ham, pickled jalapeños, Swiss cheese and deli mustard on a baguette.

They also brew an exceptional cappuccino, the kind you have to admire before sipping.

Menu highlights

Ratatouille omelet - $9.95

Pandor Corque Monsieur $9.95 - Bechamelle, ham & cheese with a thick slice of Provençal loaf

Nutella French toast $7.95 - Served with mixed berries & whipped cream 

Red quinoa salad $6.00 - Squash, zucchini, cauliflower, shitake, parsley, mint, lemon and EVOO        dressing

Beluga lentil salad  $6.00 - Carrot, parsnip, & shallot dressing

Red beets salad  $6.00 - Sunflower seeds, grilled fennel, Manouri cheese, & shallot dressing

Barbecue Chicken Sandwich $11.95 - Blue cheese, avocado, red onion, cilantro & BBQ sauce on baguette

Pesto Chicken  $8.95 - Eggplant and smoked mozzarella

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Linda Mensinga was editor of Culinary Trends for 15 years, now a contributing writer. Researching restaurants and hotels, she interviews the best and brightest chefs, not necessarily the most famous, to learn their secrets and recipes. Their talent and dedication never cease to inspire her. 

Mrs. Mensinga is happily food obsessed and fortunate enough to be married to a chef. 

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