TWENTY EIGHT Restaurant & Lounge Introduces Executive Chef Shirley Chung’s New Spring Menu


Michael Hepworth



TWENTY EIGHT Restaurant & Lounge Introduces New Spring Menu

Executive Chef Shirley Chung’s new menu sees the addition of Vegan & Gluten-Free Dishes, as well as a healthy dose of Humor

Irvine,CA(Perfect Meal Today)2/18/15/– – TWENTY EIGHT Restaurant & Lounge has introduced a new Spring Menu that appeals to a variety of lifestyles with vegan and gluten-free dishes. Executive Chef Shirley Chung’s additions to the menu showcase the most vibrant and flavorful ingredients of the season. Diners can also look forward to protein-packed dishes like Coffee-Crusted Filet Mignon and the “Beijing to Paris” Roasted Duck Breast.


“Spring is the perfect time to introduce dishes that are light and flavorful. It’s the perfect balance of these two qualities that makes for a perfect dish,” commented Chef Shirley Chung, who was a finalist of Top Chef New Orleans prior to opening TWENTY EIGHT. “I also added vegan and gluten-free dishes to the menu that really highlight the natural vibrancy and flavors of the ingredients used.”


Chef Shirley’s Spring Menu sees the addition of the following dishes:

Hello Spring – English peas /  sugar snap peas / spring onion / preserved kumquat (vegan)

Shirley said, “Where’s My Beet?” –  roasted beets / baby turnips / marinated barley and soybean curd (vegan) 

Coffee-Crusted Filet Mignon  triple-poached garlic purée / purple yam confit / beurre noisette (gluten free) 

Beijing to Paris Roasted Duck Breast – beet and potato puree / kumquat marmalade / raw heirloom beet salad (gluten free)

Leave Your Mark (Top Chef New Orleans Winning Dish) – pan-roasted local yellowtail /  west lake beurre rouge / shitaki mushroom / cajun holy trinity

House Smoked Trout – sauce gribiche / seabean salad / salmon caviar (gluten free)


In addition to TWENTY EIGHT’s new spring menu, the popular restaurant & lounge has introduced a nightly Happy Hour and live entertainment on “Social Thursdays.” Every Thursday, beginning at 8 p.m., the restaurant features live music and offers specially priced small bites for $5 and handcrafted cocktails for $7. TWENTY EIGHT Restaurant & Lounge is located at 19530 Jamboree Road, Irvine. More information is available at


About TWENTY EIGHT Restaurant & Lounge
TWENTY EIGHT Restaurant & Lounge is Top Chef finalist Shirley Chung’s play with California flavors and cuisines from all over the world. As playful as her personality, Chef Shirley’s food is not just rethought, it is refocused on creating flavor experiences that are familiar, approachable and simply enjoyable.  Together with her Partner, seasoned restaurateur Stacie Tran, TWENTY EIGHT features a full bar and lounge with a focus on craft cocktails, as well as indoor, outdoor, and private dining options for both large and small gatherings.



TWENTY EIGHT Restaurant & Lounge is open daily for Lunch, Dinner, and Happy Hour, and is located at 19530 Jamboree Road, Irvine. More information is available at

About Chef Shirley Chung
TWENTY EIGHT Executive Chef and Partner Shirley Chung is best known from Season 11 of Top Chef New Orleans. Her experience as a “top chef” extends far beyond her television debut. Prior to her rise to fame on Top Chef, she held the Executive Chef position at China Poblano by Jose Andres. Shortly after she opened China Poblano, it was nominated for the Best New Restaurant Award by the James Beard Foundation in 2011. While working at China Poblano, she fell in love with Mexican cuisine and learned more about her own heritage. Her experience working there helped perfect her skill for Chinese cuisine, which she presents with a modern twist at TWENTY EIGHT. Born and raised in Beijing, China, Chef Shirley is trained in classic French and Italian cuisine. Other career milestones include working and opening restaurants for Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy and Mario Batali.


Michael Hepworth

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