Best thing I ate: There’s a new dim sum power player in Irvine – OCRegister

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar in Irvine has recently emerged as a surprising power player in the local dim sum scene.
The trendy seafood restaurant and cocktail lounge opened several years ago on Culver and has since expanded to several locations around California. In January, this flagship launched a new dim sum menu, with a separate kitchen crew now dedicated solely to that. Dim sum is available all day, including takeout and delivery.
The artistry and attention to detail is impressive. They package everything beautifully so that everything arrives in pristine condition. Most of it reheats perfectly if you’ve got some of those classic steamer baskets at home, which makes this an especially fun way to put food on the table at home during a pandemic. (Meanwhile, the patio is open, too.) I really like the shrimp har gow, the translucent spinach and shrimp dumplings, the pork siu mai, lotus-wrapped sticky rice with abalone and steamed barbecue pork buns. 
The options are extensive, ranging from steamed chicken feet to wok-fried noodles like beef chow fun. Of the dozen things I sampled, not one item was a dud. And I could never say that with the original menu (much of which is still available). 
It’s like an entirely new restaurant — and easily some of the best dim sum in Orange County. 
Where: 14346 Culver Drive, Irvine
When: Lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Sunday
Phone: 949-748-3979
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