Orange County will soon be home to TWENTY EIGHT Restaurant & Lounge, which is set to open in Irvine this August. The restaurant will present a fresh, modern approach to traditional Chinese cuisine with a menu of contemporary Chinese dishes that utilize local, seasonal ingredients and bold flavors. The restaurant will be located at 19530 Jamboree Road (adjacent to the Google offices).
Diners also can look forward to Dim Sum and Small Plates menu, a full bar with a focus on craft cocktails, and private dining options for both large and small gatherings in the new Irvine space.
TWENTY EIGHT Executive Chef and Partner Shirley Chung is best known from Season 11 of Top Chef New Orleans. Her experience as a “top chef” extends beyond her television debut. Prior to her rise to fame on Top Chef, she held the executive chef position at China Poblano by Jose Andres. Shortly after she opened China Poblano, it was nominated for the Best New Restaurant Award by the James Beard Foundation in 2011.
While working at China Poblano, Chung fell in love with Mexican cuisine and learned more about her heritage. Her experience working there helped perfect her skill for Chinese cuisine, which she presents with a modern twist at TWENTY EIGHT. Born and raised in Beijing, China, Chef Shirley is trained in classic French and Italian cuisine, and has worked and opened restaurants for Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy and Mario Batali.
"I like my cuisine to tell a story," she said. The menu includes sharable plates. "My inspiration for this menu is reflective of my childhood years in Beijing, my past experiences, and my travels, all of which have inspired me to push the envelope.”
TWENTY EIGHT's menu, which will change seasonally and incorporate daily specials, will feature the following modern Chinese dishes year-round, including Lobster Dumpling with Consommé, House-Cured Head Cheese & Beef Tongue, Singapore-Style Chili Lobster with Hand-Cut Noodles, Steamed Local Black Cod in Banana Leaf, Slow-Braised Ox Tail, Squid Ink Hand-Cut Noodles with Uni, 8 Treasure Rice, and Tofu Panna Cotta with Red Bean Ice Cream.
Partner with Chef Shirley in TWENTY EIGHT is seasoned restaurateur Stacie Tran, who has experienced a life-long history in the hospitality industry.
“The number twenty eight has always been important to me," explained Tran. "In traditional Chinese culture, the number holds significant meaning. In my personal life, it has always been an indicator of positive change and success."