Edwin Goei was born on the island of Java, grew up in La Habra, studied in Irvine, and eats everywhere. Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, he went by the alias "elmomonster" on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.
2 days ago | Food Reviews
Ah, the xiao long bao. Shanghainese in origin, these diminutive dumplings begin life as balls of raw, minced pork embedded with bits of aspic. The pork morsels are then carefully wrapped around flattened rounds of dough, their tops pleated into fo...
3 days ago | Eat This Now
Going to Brodard without ordering one of their signature nem nuong cuon is like going to Disneyland and not riding Pirates of the Caribbean. This signature item, which I've described before as "a spring roll to end all spring rolls" is an inextric...
5 days ago | Now Open
Piadina—the Tustin fast-casual concept that serves something that's not quite a pizza, a calzone, or a sandwich but rather something that's kind of like all three combined—has opened a store in Irvine, replacing a Subway at The Crossroads. This is...
9 days ago | Food Reviews
Florent and Amelia Marneau's relocated Marché Moderne at Crystal Cove is an upgrade from the old digs at South Coast Plaza. When it finally opened here, with views of the Pacific Ocean, two months ago, it no longer felt as if it were suffocating u...
12 days ago | Now Open
The Costa Mesa institution Habana has opened its long anticipated outpost at the Irvine Spectrum. Expect a similar menu to the original location, including ropa vieja and Cuba Libres. 708 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618 A taqueria called Poqu...
16 days ago | Food Reviews
The space in which Basil Mediterranean Grill now sits used to be a vegan Japanese restaurant called Local. I liked Local and wrote about it favorably, but alas, it didn't last. In the back of my mind, I kind of knew it wouldn't. So it didn't surpr...