It seems that living in Southern California offers a new adventure every day. Just driving the 405 Freeway is an adventure.
But because of its size and its many communities and towns you can always find something new and different. This time it was in Irvine. No one ever told me anything about a place called the Diamond Jamboree Center located at Alton Parkway and Jamboree Road.
So when I arrived there on Tuesday I discovered a huge complex made up of businesses and restaurants, all with an Oriental theme.
One of the 21 restaurants is called Urban Seoul. From the outside and as you enter, it appears to be a typical American diner with an open kitchen, an eating counter and tables. But not all is what it seems.
Urban Seoul is a fusion of Korean and Mexican food with two menus, one Urban Seoul and the second, Urban food.
Here you find tacos with a choice of pork belly or beef with kimchi. Or perhaps a pancake quesadilla stuffed with chicken, kimchi and mozzarella cheese. From the Seoul menu how about japchae mari with stir fried noodles wrapped in seaweed, then battered and fried in a spicy sauce.
Owner Bronnie Lee will greet you and explain how this unique restaurant happened.
Urban Seoul is located in Diamond Jamboree Center, Site 131 with free off street parking and open daily.
For more information call 949 553-0188.