Everest Cuisine, a new restaurant that serves Nepalese and Indian cuisine, has opened in Placentia at the former location of Taal. Along with Indian-style curry, the restaurant offers Himalayan momos (dumplings), thupka (Tibetan noodle soup), and various yak dishes. 2075 E Orangethorpe Ave, Placentia, CA 92870
A new restaurant serving Korean-style fried chicken wings and rice bowls has opened in Santa Ana. It is appropriately called Wings and Bowls. 515 N Main St, Ste C, Santa Ana, CA 92701
A new vegan restaurant called Protein Plants Cafe has opened in Orange. Menu items include noodle-free pad Thai, tofu tikka masala, and vegan ramen. 146 S Main St, Unit Q, Orange, CA 92868
Belage Gourmet, a Vietnamese-French restaurant and bar, has opened in the space formerly occupied by Phans55 in Fullerton. 1981 Sunny Crest Dr, Ste 100, Fullerton, CA 92835
A Korean kimbap specialist called Heartful Made has opened in Fullerton. On the menu are eleven kinds of the Korean-style sushi rolls, including steak, tuna with mayo, and spicy pork. 2009 W Commonwealth Ave, Unit. C, Fullerton, CA 92833
Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, Edwin Goei went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.