For the urban foodie with a palate that craves global cuisine, Irvine dining is varied and exciting. With nearly 40% of the city’s population of Asian descent, the representation of international cuisine — including China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, and other distant cultures — is truly astounding.
For a visit to Asia’s Pacific Rim without ever leaving Orange County, Diamond Jamboree is a unique dining destination where you can find several restaurants that originated in Asia plus an impressive collection of cuisine from noodles and curry to shabu-shabu and sushi. Top picks in the center include Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle for award-winning beef noodle creations; Curry House CoCo Ichibanya for customized curry with toppings, spices, and rice; and 85°C Bakery. The unique nomenclature of 85°C Bakery pays homage to the ideal temperature to drink coffee. As one might suspect, this café specializes in coffee, cakes, and breads, and visitors should not leave without trying their Sea Salt Coffee — slightly sweetened iced coffee topped with creamy foam whipped with sea salt and a dash of semi-sweet chocolate powder sprinkled on top.
Fast becoming one of the most impressive dining centers in all of Orange County, Irvine is also home to Bistango — an eclectic eatery which pairs 400 varieties of wine and New American cuisine with a notable art gallery of revolving exhibits.
Eats Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Irvine is a vibrant, splashy venue matched by its exciting cuisine, where Chef Jeff Moore offers a creative culinary twist on “Modern Californian” cuisine. Its circular bar is a “must see.”
Not to be outdone, Chef Zov Karmardian of Zovs’s Café & Bakery dishes out her signature blend of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Armenian contemporary cuisine that is not to be missed. If you don’t get a chance to try it here in town, be sure to visit Zov’s Grab & Go on your trip home from John Wayne Airport.
Sustainable cuisine is quite popular in Irvine, and at Twenty Eight Restaurant & Lounge, farm-to-table cuisine means a seasonal menu of sustainable seafood, local produce, and a wide selection of meats paired with signature crafted cocktails, whiskey, cognac, and wine. Also on the sustainable track is Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails, where Chef Andrei Olenicoff’s sense of adventure, commitment to sustainability, and openness to new experiences translates to outstanding cultural diversity on a plate.
Irvine Foodie Tip
Eat for a cause at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails where 100% of the restaurant’s profits benefit the Andrei Foundation, an amazing non-profit organization created in honor of Andrei Oleinicoff, the owner’s son, who was afflicted with Retinitis Pigmentosa. The Foundation supports eye research and works to provide support, rehabilitation, and assistance to those with visual impairment.