LOS ANGELES TRIP (DAY 4) – CAPITAL NOODLE BAR 金都, DINNER, IRVINE, CA

Dinner time! Actually I was still pretty full from the brunch, but part of the LA trip was eat, eat, eat ….!!!

Apparently Capital Noodle Bar targets younger generation with a hip and clean design. The tables are set up communal style with long wooden table and benches. If they get busy, you will be right next to your neighbor.

Hip and clean design

Hip and clean design

Neat condiments setting

Neat condiments setting

We started with Crispy Tofu – served piping hot! Very nice golden color, crispy outside and silky smooth inside!

Crispy Tofu

Crispy Tofu

Apparently the Hainan Chicken is very popular and that’s what I ordered – skinless & boneless chicken white meat, with lightly fragrant chicken stock rice, pickled veggies. It comes with 3 dipping sauce, the usual ginger onion, sweet chili, and sweet soy sauce. The chicken was very moist, but the sauces need some work, I thought it was a little bland on the sauces.

Hainan Chicken

Hainan Chicken

Capital’s Filet Mignon Cubes – filet mignon cubes with veggies, tomato rice, salt & pepper dipping sauce. Beef was very tender and juicy, the rice has a light tomato flavors.

Capital's Filet Mignon Cubes with Tomato Rice

Capital’s Filet Mignon Cubes with Tomato Rice

My friend ordered Thai Basil Spaghetti – spaghetti is al-dente with a hint of basil flavor, its more toward sweet flavor.

Thai Basil Spaghetti

Thai Basil Spaghetti

Capitol Noodle Bar
3850 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA 92614

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LAS VEGAS TRIP (DAY 3) – MONTA RAMEN

Our last day in Las Vegas, before depart we wanted to go check out the Chinatown. It has been years since I last visited LV Chinatown. LV is a fast pace changing city, so are the surrounding places. Chinatown has expanded a lot, many newly built Asian plazas. I am glad we stop by here, eye opening.

We decided to go to Monta Ramen for lunch. Monta opened at  11:30am, and there is a line already!! We saw people lining up outside, after waiting for a little bit, my friend noticed there is a sign up sheet inside!!! Damn it!! They should leave the sign up outside! Oh, there is no sign saying Manto in front, but you can’t miss it with the long line outside.

Line at 11:30am

Line at 11:30am

Anyways, after about almost 1 hour wait, we finally got seated at the bar … which was fine, we get to look at the chefs.

Bar seats

Bar seats

Special on wall

Special on wall

Open kitchen, very clean.

Seating at the bar

Seating at the bar

Condiments

Condiments

Food! We ordered a Large Pork Belly Rice Bowl to share – the fatty pieces of pork were cooked perfectly, so tender, buttery, just goes perfect with rice! I really miss this!

Pork Belly Rice Bowl, Large

Pork Belly Rice Bowl, Large

Hubby ordered the basic Tonkotsu Ramen with egg added – broth is very bold and tense, and what I love the most is not overly salty!

Tonkotsu Ramen with egg added

Tonkotsu Ramen with egg added

I ordered the Kuro Ramen with egg added on the daily special board – black garlic oil ramen, I really love it. Egg was perfectly soft boiled, runny center. I do wish that it was thick noodles, this is just personal preference 🙂

Kuro Ramen

Kuro Ramen

My friend ordered Tonkotsu Ramen with egg and corn added – looks amazing!!

Tonkotus Ramen with egg and corn added

Tonkotus Ramen with egg and corn added

Very good and authentic Ramen place!

Monta Ramen
5030 Spring Mountain Road, Ste 6
Las Vegas, NV 89146

LAS VEGAS TRIP (DAY 2) – GORDON RAMSAY BurGR

Las Vegas day 2 dinner, my long anticipate restaurant to try out. We were there early, around 6:30pm … waiting line wasn’t bad. We walked up to the counter and give them our phone number, they will text you when table is ready. We hang out in the casino for about 50mins, finally got the text! Yeah!!

The first thing that caught our eyes of course was the Fire Display! Amazing!

Gordon Ramsay BurGR - Fire Display

Gordon Ramsay BurGR – Fire Display

BurGR Interior

BurGR Interior

iPad display for Acholhol drinks

iPad display for Acholhol drinks

Nice plates and condiments

Nice plates and condiments

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Finally the food!! We ordered Truffle Parmesan Fries – thick cut fries with nice touch truffle oil, it comes with Special Ketchup and Aioli Sauce. Fell in love with the Aioli Sauce, so good!

Truffle Parmesan Fries - thick cut fries with nice touch truffle oil, it comes with Special Ketchup and Aioli Sauce.

Truffle Parmesan Fries – thick cut fries with nice touch truffle oil, it comes with Special Ketchup and Aioli Sauce.

Hubby’s favorite Beer Battered Maui Onion Ring with Chipotle Ketchup and Cheddar Ranch Dips. It was super light and crispy, my friend said he can taste the beer!

Beer Battered Maui Onion Ring with Chipotle Ketchup and Cheddar Ranch Dips

Beer Battered Maui Onion Ring with Chipotle Ketchup and Cheddar Ranch Dips

Hubby ordered Hell’s Kitchen Burger medium rare.

Hell's Ktichen Burger

Hell’s Ktichen Burger

Hell’s Kitchen Burger with lovely roasted tomato and spicy jalapeno peppers, prefect balance with cool creamy avocado! The beef was perfect!

Hell's Kitchen Burger - medium rare!

Hell’s Kitchen Burger – medium rare!

My friend ordered Southern Yardbird Burger – per my friend, it was the most tender juicy chicken burger he even tasted. It was indeed very tender!

Southern Yardbird Burger

Southern Yardbird Burger

Finally, I wanted to try something other than burger, so I ordered something I really miss since I came back from London. Fish & Crisp Sandwich – it was a huge piece of fish served in between thick Texas Toast, topped with thin crisp with salted and vinegar. The fish was perfectly fried, light and crispy, steamy and flaky fish!

Fish & Crisp Sandwich

Fish & Crisp Sandwich

I would definitely go back!

Gordon Ramsay BurGR
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino
3668 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

 

LAS VEGAS TRIP (DAY 2) – MON AMI GABI, FRENCH BRUNCH

After a good night of rest, into our 2nd day in Vegas. We started with a nice brunch at Mon Ami Gabi @ Paris Hotel. The patio was fully packed, but we wanted to seat inside anyway. Very nice, warm, cozy decor inside, it does remind us of Paris restaurant.

Nice grand entrance!

Mon Ami Gabi @ Paris Hotel

Mon Ami Gabi @ Paris Hotel

It was a very nice breezy day, so the patio was fully packed.

Fully packed patio

Fully packed patio

Inside was pretty full too.

Inside was pretty packed too

Inside was pretty packed too

Nice warm, cozy French decor.

Nice warm, cozy French decor

Nice warm, cozy French decor

Really enjoyed their complimentary French Baguette – served warm, crusty outside and soft inside, perfect!

Nice touch with complimentary French Baguette

Nice touch with complimentary French Baguette

French Baguette  - warm, crusty outstide and soft inside

French Baguette – warm, crusty outstide and soft inside

French Toast – thick piece of french toast served with blueberries and warm blueberry syrup and whipped cream. I really like the blueberry syrup, real blueberry taste!

French Toast with Fresh Fruits (blue berries)

French Toast with Fresh Fruits (blue berries)

Warm blueberry syrup!

French Toast with Fresh Fruits (blue berries)

French Toast with Fresh Fruits (blue berries)

Egg Benedict – with Canadian bacon and hollandaise sauce. I’ve had better Benedict, so this one is nothing to wow.

Egg Benedict

Egg Benedict

Seafood Crepe – very very fresh seafood, especially the scallop! Not a bad choice.

Seafood Crepe

Seafood Crepe

 
Mon Ami Gabi (right under Paris Hotel)
3655 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109