Top Chef’s Shirley Chung just opened Twenty Eight Restaurant & Lounge in Irvine that brings a refreshing spin on traditional Chinese cuisine with local, seasonal ingredients and bold flavors. Named after an important number to Chef Shirley’s partner, seasoned restaurateur Stacie Tran, that signifies positive change and success in traditional Chinese culture.
Born and raised in Beijing, China, Chef Shirley is trained in classic French and Italian cuisine, and has an impressive culinary background including working for and opening restaurants with Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy and Mario Batali.
"I like my cuisine to tell a story," says Chef Shirley, of her innovative menu of sharable plates at Twenty Eight. "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 features daily specials, along with 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.
Chef Shirley is on a mission bring a new Asian experience to the county by offering a fresh, affordable approach to conventional Asian cuisine.
In addition to their menu of modern Chinese specialties, diners can enjoy Dim Sum and Small Plates menu, as well as a full bar with a focus on craft cocktails, and private dining options for both large and small gatherings.
Twenty Eight features 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 soon.
19530 Jamboree Road in Irvine, adjacent to the Google offices. 949.852.2828.
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