Two more places put their sign up at Diamond Jamboree.
First, there's Greek Islands Cuisine. If the name sounds familiar, it's because they already have a food stall at the Main Street Plaza Food Court, also in Irvine. Their new store in Diamond Jamboree will be significantly bigger. It will be a bonafide restaurant and neighbor to BBQ Chicken.
The other is called Balcony Grill and Bar. Not “bar and grill”, but “grill and bar”. More specifically: a yakitori grill, since they will serve those ever-popular skewered sticks of meat — a staple at izakayas Honda Ya, Kappo Honda and Shinsengumi.
But here's where it gets kind of odd: According to their parked website, it will also serve English afternoon tea and will be open late, serving cocktails until 2 AM.
I only mention the last part because it's located on the second level of the shopping complex, with a flight of winding steps that lead down to the courtyard. Last call will be interesting to watch.
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.