Irvine- A&J Restaurant
14805 Jeffrey Rd, #D
Boyfriend and I took a road trip to Irvine this weekend to visit some friends and eat some yummy food. I've been craving beef noodle soup and chewy homemade noodles lately, and the only place I know of in Irvine that serves both is A&J Restaurant. There is an A&J near where I live back in the Bay Area, and while I haven't been there, my mom went once and didn't like it because she said the portions were way too small. After doing some research, it appears a lot of people feel that the A&J in Irvine is much better. So I decided to give it a shot.
We arrived for a very late lunch on a scorching hot day. The restaurant was pretty empty. But we got great, attentive service. Not sure if it was because it was so empty. Once we chose somewhere to sit, we were given a menu, and an order sheet. Boyfriend asked why we were coming here to eat spicy beef noodle soup when it was so hot outside. I told him there is nothing wrong with eating spicy food when it's hot out, and besides, it was cool inside.
I ordered the beef noodle soup with beef only. You have a choice of thin noodles or thick homemade noodles. We both chose the thick noodles.
The noodles were nice and chewy. Yum! The broth was flavorful and only a little bit spicy. The beef was very tender, and full of flavor. It had the flavors of the broth, only intensified. I really enjoyed this. While it's not the best beef noodle soup I've ever had (there are many in the Bay Area and Taiwan that would rival A&J), it's pretty good and compared to the slim offerings in San Diego, this was delicious and definitely worth the road trip.
The quantity was slightly on the small side. I was able to easily finish this bowl.
Boyfriend got the beef noodle soup with beef and tendon.
While he initially had been a bit grumpy about eating spicy soup on a hot day, he soon changed his mind. He really loved the broth. In fact, he started dipping other food items we ordered into the broth, declaring that everything tasted better in the broth.
We also ordered pot stickers.
These were just okay. Not crispy enough and nothing special. So a bit disappointing.
We also ordered the green onion pancake
I did not enjoy this at all. It was small, and not flavorful. You couldn't really taste the onions. It was a bit thick and hard. The frozen ones I've bought at Ranch 99 tasted better than this.
Finally, we ordered thousand layer pancake.
While better than the green onion pancake, it was still a bit disappointing. The dough was a bit on the hard side. This was also quite small.
I think next time we come back, it'll just be for the beef noodle soup. I wanted to get a copy of the menu, but I forgot. Oh yeah, it's cash only!