Irvine finally got an authentic Cantonese noodle bar! Capital Noodle Bar recently opened in Irvine, CA in the Target shopping center off Barranca Pkwy and Culver Dr. My buddy Tony is the head Chef and his food is amazing. Tony has spent most of his professional career in the fine dining industry, but now he is serving the same high quality food at budget friendly prices.
For those of you that know Cantonese food, you will immediately recognize the classic Hainan Chicken Rice “Hoi Lam Gai Fan” dish. Tony services Hainan Chicken Rice as well as an amazing Hainan Chicken Noodle Soup (shown above). My wife and I really love this dish because the broth itself is extremely tasty, yet at the same time pure.
If it is your first time eating at Capital Noodle Bar, I highly recommend trying the Grilled Beef Skewer, it is absolutely delicious! I’ve eaten a lot of beef skewers (beef Satay) and normally the beef is either too tough or it isn’t very flavorful. Tony did outstanding job on this dish because the beef is super tender and each bite contains an explosion of flavor. It is served with some sweet pickled cabbage, carrots and onions which complement the skewers perfectly acting as a refreshing palate cleanser.
One of my all time favorite Cantonese dishes is crispy chow mein served with gravy. There are a lot of Chinese restaurants that service this type of dish, but usually it is serviced with cheap cuts of beef and the noodles are completely soggy by the time you get to eat them. Capital Noodle Bar has an awesome Hong Kong Style Chow Mein that is crispy and services with top quality shrimp, chicken, seafood and vegetables. I think I found my go-to-dish at Capital Noodle Bar.
If you are looking for something with a kick, I recommend trying the spicy pickled cucumbers. They act as a great appetizer but make sure you can eat spicy food because they have a nice little kick that some people might find too spicy. Capital Noodle Bar has a soft open last week on Friday, but in the near future they will have an official grand opening. I look forward to eating at Tony’s restaurant because Irvine has been missing an authentic Cantonese restaurant for some time now.