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 & Udon, this Shin-Sen-Gumi iteration serves not just ramen but also an extended array of dishes including udon, sashimi, izakaya-style plates, and rice bowls with ground chicken and egg. During this past weekend, despite the 100 degree weather, the wait list to slurp ramen there was 2 pages deep.
6404 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, CA 92620
Linh Nguyen of Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking has opened The Oyster Bar Steam Kettle Cooking at the ARTIC in Anaheim. Menu items include the same kind of Cajun pan roasts Ritter's is known for, but also raw oysters, boudin balls, Cajun wings, and New England clam chowder. Mint juleps and mojitos are also served.
2626 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806
A new dessert joint called Honeyberry has opened in Irvine at The Arbor Village Center. It serves milk teas with boba and specialty roti buns, which are sold plain or sandwiching gelato and Nutella.
14775 Jeffrey Rd., Irvine, CA 92618
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Belage Gourmet has opened inside the Union Market in Tustin, serving various French-style pastries and desserts such as macarons and tarts. Sandwiches, salads, teas, coffees, and smoothies round out their menu.
2493 Park Ave., Tustin, CA 92782
The Loving Hut has opened it's third location in Orange County in Garden Grove. The Garden Grove location serves the same Asian vegan dishes as the other branches in Orange and Ladera Ranch, including staples of pho and pad Thai.
12050 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92840