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TASTE News Service, September 21, 2016 - With nearly 40% of its population being Asian, Irvine offers foodies true global cuisine, with a wide selection of delicacies from China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and other distant shores.

Several restaurants that originated in Asia's Pacific Rim can be found at Diamond Jamboree, a unique Southern California retail destination that brings together a variety of cuisines and international flavors. Three such restaurants include; Curry House CoCo Ichibanya, Nagoya, Japan, Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle, Jinmen, Taiwan and 85°C Bakery, Bao-Ping, Taipei.

Specializing in coffee, cakes, and breads, 85°C Bakery, a Taiwanese chain of coffee shops, opened in Irvine in 2009 as the first U.S. store. Why 85°C? It is the ideal temperature to drink coffee. Their most popular beverage is the Sea Salt Coffee - slightly sweetened iced coffee topped with creamy foam whipped with sea salt, with semi-sweet chocolate powder sprinkled over the top of foam.

Irvine offers other unique dining experiences –

Bistango offers artful New American cuisine and a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list with over 400 varieties of wine. The ambiance is further enriched each season by revolving modern art exhibits.

Eats Kitchen & Bar has taken the hotel restaurant concept to the next level, with vibrant splashy décor that appeals to guests and locals alike. Its circular bar is the perfect spot to try Chef Jason's culinary twist on comfort food favorites for breakfast, lunch or dinner – with craft beers, interesting wines and handcrafted signature cocktails.

about 28 shirley chung PicmonkeyShirley Chung of Twenty EightExecutive Chef Cathy Pavlos, Lucca Café, has developed a collection of remarkable recipes, inspired by her grandmother's cooking and her favorite restaurants in Italy, France and Greece. The restaurant's menu features slightly modified offerings that build in the flavors of California.

For more than two decades, Executive Chef Ugo Allesina, born and raised in the region of Piemonte, Italy, has been serving authentic Italian fare at Prego Ristorante. The menu features pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, freshly made pastas, grilled fresh fish, spit-roasted meats and fowl, and an extensive list of wines from Italy and California.

One of Orange County's most celebrated female chefs, Zov Karmardian serves unique cuisine that blends contemporary with Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Armenian influences at Zov's. Several of her legendary recipes can be found at www.zovs.com and there is also a Zov's Grab & Go at John Wayne Airport.  

Twenty Eight Restaurant & Lounge is a chance to enjoy Top Chef finalist, Shirley Chung's play with California flavors and cuisines from all over the world. As playful as her personality, Twenty Eight's food is not just rethought; it is refocused on creating flavor experiences that are familiar, approachable and simply enjoyable. It's modern American cuisine with a Chinese soul.

Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails, named in honor of Andrei Olenicoff, embodies his best traits - a sense of adventure, a commitment to sustainability and openness to new friends, ideas and experiences. Andrei's features cultural diversity with the freshest ingredients, California cuisine, Mediterranean flavors, and sustainable foods.

Editor’s Note: If you’re planning a visit to this part of Southern California, you may want to check out the Orange County listings in Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory where you will find links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options. Also in the directory are links to Wineries in the southland and many Craft Beer purveyors.