Kirbie's Cravings

Sam Woo Irvine

Sam Woo
Culver Drive, Ste 720
Irvine, CA 92604

Just like we have a Sam Woo inside our Ranch 99 in San Diego, next to one of the Ranch 99's in Irvine, there is a Sam Woo.  The difference is that the Sam Woo in Irvine is huge.  It's a big restaurant with a separate take-out section.  I've never eaten inside the restaurant, but I've gotten the take out a couple of times.

Here is the large restaurant:

The website has a menu which includes a banquet menu.

Here is the express section:

Surprisingly, the Sam Woo take out section is more expensive than the one in San Diego.  And while in San Diego, the third item is put in its own container, if you get three items here, they squish it all in one container. However, the Sam Woo express section here has a lot of dishes I like such as fish with black bean sauce, salt and pepper pork.  I'm not very impressed with the taste though.  I think I may prefer the one in San Diego (which is a first.  I don't think I've ever preferred a chinese restaurant in San Diego over one in Irvine). I was alone on this trip, so I only had a few moments to sneak in a few shots of the food section.

Boyfriend complained that last time I only got items I liked and didn't get him his orange chicken.  So this time, I made sure to get all items he would enjoy.  I chose a three item combo: orange chicken, sweet and sour pork, and fish with black bean sauce.

The sweet and sour pork came with the sauce separate.

Boyfriend didn't really like the orange chicken.  He thought it was too wet and preferred the one at the Sam Woo in San Diego.

This is the soup that came with the meal.

I'm not too much of a fan of the Sam Woo in Irvine.  It might also be because the express section inside the Ranch 99 next door is a pretty good deal, whereas I don't like the express section inside the San Diego Ranch 99.  I'll post about the express section inside the Ranch 99 Irvine at some point, along with some of the other great things it has to offer.

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6 comments on “Sam Woo Irvine”

  1. I’ve never eaten at nice time deli! I’ll have to check it out.

  2. I know right? I was really surprised. A bad chinese restaurant in San Diego is understandable, but in Irvine??

  3. i never eat at the sam woo in irvine because we always go to nice time deli next door…. man, it’s been a long time since i’ve eaten at a sam woo. 🙂

  4. Dang. Did not see this one coming. Hard to imagine a Sam Woo worse than the one in San Diego… And in Irvine, too!

  5. Oh good, I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks it sucks. I thought maybe it was the fact that my food wasn’t eaten right away. With so many good chinese places in that area, I’m surprised Sam Woo would taste so bad!

  6. Hey Kirbie – I agree, this Sam Woo is terrible…… I still think that the Alhambra location is good, if not the best, even though it looks kinda beat.