The latter half of last year saw three new Vietnamese restaurants opening in Irvine, with Pho So 1, La Pho, and Pho Saigon Pearl vying for the wallets and mouths of the rice noodle-slurping public. It continues this year as The Irvine Company revealed that at least one more Vietnamese restaurant is coming down the pipeline: a restaurant called Ha Long Vietnamese Cuisine is planned for The Crossroads in Irvine, the shopping complex that's also home to California Fish Grill. The restaurant will be located next to Subway, replacing La Salsa which closed late last year.
What will go in its place now that Vietnamese and Korean offerings have faltered in that spot? Who knows. But I, for one, am hoping for a Filipino turo turo. Not only will it have a ready supply of customers from the UCI student body, but let's have the first Filipino restaurant in Irvine already!