Looking to try places I haven’t been to before. Are there any new must try places that are not high end fine dining?
Westminster, Garden Grove, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Buena Park are all do-able but may also consider going a touch further. Not going to LA this time (most likely)
I’m looking at five dinners, one lunch (Sunday dinner to Friday lunch). The typical approach will probably be Vietnamese, Korean, nigiri, izakaya/noodle, maybe Chinese/Taiwanese/Cantonese. But it doesn’t have to be. Staying in Anaheim but will have a car.
Any worthwhile destination pho places in Westminster? My head is spinning from searching Yelp. The broth needs to be on point and more natural tasting. Hopefully they have the sawtooth herb with clean bean sprouts (not oxidized) and lime wedge. Properly done drip coffee that has a slight hazelnut fragrance a plus. I loved the one Porthos recommended a while back (Pho Thanh Lich) but they did not survive (anything equivalent?).
Your favorite place for Bun Bo Hue in Westminster? I loved the one from Ngu Binh, but their other Hue dishes were unfortunately not up to snuff. A local told me to try Gia Hoi and Bun Bo Hue So 1. Thoughts? How about pho ga with Northern style “ho fun”?
Korean - did 8 Korean BBQ (pork belly flower) in Buena Park, Mo Ran Gak (Garden Grove) that had a killer mul naengmyun, Han Yang (Buena Park) for good gomtang/sullungtang/galbitang. I’d be happy with a place that does killer galbitang and mul naengmyun (or bibim naengmyun). Pretty much short of soondae, anything else is pretty much fair game. KBBQ probably not doing it this time (not enough comrades, and we OD’d on Ahgassi Gopchang last time), and no soondubu/Kaju Tofu (defacto Yelp recommendation) and probably not Myung In.
Japanese/sushi: Did Kasen last two years. Looking to try something else and may look into Shunka. Any other worthy contenders? Not going to expect Mori/Shunji (and glad I knocked those off the bucket list already). Any solid izakaya that has more than just yakitori, and does the classics well and has the cooked dishes execution similar to Torihei (ie not relying on deep fried or grilled?) Any good udon (tried Meiji Seimen last time, good stomach filler)? What’s a solid ramen shop (Costa Mesa area ok) that executes well on either shoyu or shio broth (preferably chicken stock) and doesn’t rely on tonkotsu?
Other than Costa Mesa Mitsuwa, any interesting shops with a half decent sake selection (e.g. even a wine shop)?
How is the Irvine outpost of Tasty Garden? My goal if hitting that would just be to find a place that does a decent Cantonese ho fun noodle soup with either stewed beef brisket/tendon or cha siu/BBQ pork. As long as it is better than Sam Woo…
I know Newport isn’t quite designed for one or two folks, but what is the smallest sized lobster they can do, and which location in the OC is the best? Can they do the lobster prep with say, crab or shrimp on the shell?
Thanks so much!