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.
6 hours ago | Food Reviews
The new Tomato Café and Grill in Fullerton reminds me of another restaurant I reviewed five years ago called Itriya Cafe. Both boasted a menu that had Korean dishes as well as Italian. If you couldn't decide between Korean spicy pork barbecue and ...
3 days ago | Now Open
Shin-Sen-Gumi—one of the most venerable Japanese restaurant chains, with locations in Gardena, Little Tokyo and Fountain Valley—has now opened in Irvine's Woodbury Town Center, next to Niko Niko Sushi and The Counter. Subtitled Hakata Ramen &...
7 days ago | Food Reviews
Let me say this right off the bat: For a restaurant deep in the heart of Little Saigon, the service at Mai's Kitchen is exemplary. In fact, I can't recall the last time I felt so thoroughly doted upon in a Vietnamese restaurant where the average c...
10 days ago | Now Open
If there's any doubt that OC isn't even close to being saturated with poke shops, there's three more new ones. Poke-Ria, by the owner of Heat Nightclub in Anaheim, has now opened in Irvine's Heritage Square-its fourth outlet. It's not to be c...
13 days ago | 100 Favorite Dishes
A few months ago, Cafe Hiro had a special called "Garlic Shrimp", a plate of a dozen shrimp that's 10 times better than anything I've had from Oahu's much ballyhooed shrimp trucks. Not only are butter and garlic employed as the name of the dish re...
14 days ago | 100 Favorite Dishes
If you haven't had it, Playground's Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken is a different species of bird than any other fried chicken you may have had...unless you've been to Memphis. The menu actually issues this warning: "The one item you can’t send back. I...