The 5 Most Surprising Restaurants in Irvine, CA
What makes Irvine, CA so surprising isn’t just the diversity on offer in the city. For many urban centers, a wide range of eateries from around the world is no longer a shocker.
What excites about these restaurants is the unique approach to food, which distinguishes them from places with good food alone. Good food is good food, and Irvine has an abundance of that, but we at Save On Paving believe these restaurants offer both great dining and a unique experience.
5. Bistango in Irvine, CA
The type of dining known as ‘New American’ has become quite the buzzword, and is often used by upscale burger places which focus more on quality produce than their traditional counterparts.
When Bistango claims their dining is ‘New American’, that’s not really what they’re going for.
Bistango offers a mix of European and American flavors, but it’s their whole dining experience which makes them stand out from the pack.
Dining at Bistango offers a luxurious experience. The space also serves as modern art gallery where cutting edge works are exhibited, and more than that, every night they offer entertainment which is gentle and classy. Every night a musician plays sultry tones which you can enjoy while you dine, and the experience at Bistango is a real treat!
Find them at 19100 Von Karman Ave.
4. Kaya in CA
With more Asian than white residents, you can expect plenty of Asian eateries in Irvine, CA. In fact, there are more Korean restaurants than McDonald's. So why is a Korean eatery on this list of the most surprising restaurants?
It’s the panchan you get for your buck, in part. Most Korean places can be close with the vegetable sides, but here the servings are plentiful, and you should expect at least ten. They also serve as complementary a crispy pancake panjean which is good enough to be a starter.
The food is impeccable and the service amazing. The servers are attentive enough to fill up your water without you asking. A really treat to dine in.
Find them at 14120 Culver Drive.
3. Twenty Eight in Irvine, CA
If you’ve heard of Twenty Eight in Irvine, California, it’s probably been attached to the name of Top Chef contestant Shirley Yeung. However, in late 2016, Yeung left the restaurant and it transitioned from serving Chinese cuisine to a menu with a focus on wood-grilled meat, a change that is surprising of itself.
What distinguishes Twenty Eight from the pack is the taste of the food and their approach to sustainability. All the fish, including the divine wood-grilled Scottish salmon, is sustainably sourced. The vegetables they use are acquired from local farms, and the menu changes seasonally.
Pay them a visit at 19530 Jamboree Rd.
2. Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine in CA
Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine doesn’t serve the standard vegetarian fare that the word ‘conscious’ normally denotes. Here you will find a meat heavy menu, and the food is delicious. It is their commitment to sustainability that makes them a surprising restaurant.
Named in honor of the founder’s son who always dreamed of founding a restaurant, the restaurant supports a good cause. 100% of the profits benefit the Andrei Foundation, an organization that supports and rehabilitates those suffering with a visual impairment.
Find them at 2607 Main Street.
Capital delights and surprises. In a shopping mall most commonly known for its sweet and sour chicken and gao pao, Capital really bucks the trend.
Serving a selection of some of the most authentic Chinese food you can get in the county, the chicken feet and tripe dim sum dishes are not for the unadventurous. For those with an eager palate, a meal at Capital will be rewarding in that it can redefine what you have come to expect from Chinese food in the U.S. An astonishing meal and an astonishing success by the restaurant.
Find them in the Irvine Spectrum Centre and the Diamond Jamboree.
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