Lovely Luncheons | Fukada

If you are ever in the OC area (specifically Irvine), please give Fukada a try! It is by far the most delicious and mouthwatering udon I have ever had. Believe me, I have had plenty of udon and ramen for the record. They provide set menus that range about $12 for lunch and $14 for dinner (if you get the salad the prices do go up). The types of udon they serve is tanuki and sansei. Also, my favorite sides are their spicy tuna bowl and curry bowl. The curry was extremely delicious and sweet. Plus, you can’t ever end the night without some hot sake, right? Make sure to go early or be prepared to wait!
Fukada
8683 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
mon: closed
tues – sun: 11:30am – 2:00pm & 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Lovely Luncheons | AOC Wine Bar

I recently went to AOC Wine Bar cause I was dying to try out a new wine bar. I really enjoy wine bars (more posts coming up!). I have to say though, the restaurant was a little pretentious. I definitely felt the “I’m not good enough” look but the waiters were a lot nicer and helpful with the menu. If you ever get a chance definitely try this place out. And if you are on a budget it would be a great time to check out dineLA to see if there are any budget friendly options. Enjoy!
clams with sherry & garlic toast | wine flight | grilled albacore, green bean, fingerlings, tapenade
menu | chocolate tarte with espresso cream & honey comb crumbles | three cheese (two blue, one cow)

Lovely Luncheons | Rokuan

Rokuan, a small quaint restaurant located in Chino Hills. Not a large location, this place holds one of the most delicious and authentic Japanese ramen & sushi that you can find. On the left is the black miso ramen, the right the tonkatsu ramen. Beware, the black miso ramen is spicy! The yellow tail sushi (top) was delicious. The side dishes of spicy tuna and spicy salmon are incredibly gratifying. I highly recommend the spicy salmon to those who love salmon and enjoy a slight kick!
Rokuan
14230 Chino Hills Pkwy, Ste B, Chino Hills, CA 91709
tues-sun 5:30pm – 9pm
wed-fri: 11:30am – 2pm
sat-sun: 12pm – 2pm

Lovely Luncheons | Patisserie Chantilly

Patisserie Chantilly is a cafe in Lomita, California. The first time I went the macarons were sold out and I was super disappointed. The second time around I ordered the macarons. Luckily she was willing to provide most of the flavors, except mocha. I ordered raspberry, matcha, black sesame, lavender earl grey, passion fruit, chocolate, and vanilla (not pictured). On the right you can see three different types of dessert, tarte chocolat, le matcha, and kir royale. The tarte chocolat reminds me of ferrero rochers. Delicious! I really enjoyed the matcha and lavender earl grey macarons. Would I go back? Most likely, but that won’t be until awhile later.
Pâtisserie Chantilly
2383 Lomita Blvd. #104, Lomita, CA 90717
(310) 257-9454 phone   (310) 257-8182 fax
mon-tues: closed
wed-sun: 11 to 7

Lovely Luncheons | Pop Champagne

Apologies that the lighting wasn’t too great on the photos but this is an amazing place to try out in Pasadena, especially for the happy hour! From left to right you can see champagne drinks, daily souffle (they change the flavor every day), ratatouille pizza, and two tapas (goat cheese and mushroom bruschetta & deviled eggs). The champagne drinks were sparkling hibiscus, pop royale, bellini, and almond joy. I have to say, the sparkling hibiscus was my all time favorite. The ratatouille pizza was simple and delicious!
Pop Champagne
33 East Union Street, Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 795 1295
mon: special events

tues-sun: 5pm to close