19530 Jamboree Road
Irvine adjacent to the Google offices where Kimera used to be
Orange County is now home toTWENTY EIGHTRestaurant & Lounge,which presents a fresh, modern approach to traditional Chinese cuisine. The new Irvine restaurant brings a unique dining experience to the region with a menu of contemporaryChinese dishes that utilize local, seasonal ingredients and bold flavors.
The mastermind behind the menu of modern Chinese cuisine is TWENTY EIGHTExecutive Chef & PartnerShirley Chung, best known from Season 11 ofTop ChefNew Orleans. Her experience as a “top chef” extends far beyond her television debut. Prior to her rise to fame onTop 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, she fell in love with Mexican cuisine and learned more about her own heritage. Her experience working there helped perfect her skill for Chinese cuisine, which she presents with a modern twist atTWENTY 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.
TWENTY EIGHT’s menu, which will change seasonally and incorporate daily specials, will feature the following flavorful, modern Chinese dishes year-round, including Lobster Dumpling with Consomme, House-Cured Head Cheese & Beef Tongue, Singapore-Style Chili Lobsterwith 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.
With TWENTY EIGHT, Chef Shirley aims to bring a new Asian experience to the masses.TWENTY EIGHTseparates itself on the county’s culinary landscape by offering a fresh, affordable approach to conventional Asian cuisine.
Partner with Chef Shirley in TWENTY EIGHT is seasonedrestaurateurStacie Tran, who has experienced a life-long history in the hospitality industry.
In addition to their menu of modern Chinese specialties, diners can look forward to an enticing 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 will boast a contemporary dining area with modern accents. The restaurant will feature seating in a main dining area and an indoor/outdoor Atrium Dining Room, as well as a comfortable bar and lounge. Guests can look forward to special events and wine dinners at TWENTY EIGHT in the months following its opening. The restaurant will also operate a full-service corporate catering operation.