Northern Cafe opens at University Center

Prepare to upgrade your dumpling and noodle game. Legendary Northern Cafe is freshly open in University Town Center. Long-acclaimed throughout L.A. County, the popular eatery chose Irvine for its OC debut.

Northern Cafe’s stellar reputation will attract initial interest, but the kitchen’s proven performance is what turns first-timers into regulars. The epic menu is a deep and wide selection of northern Chinese classics. Hot and cold. Soups and snacks. Noodles of every size drenched in rich broths or pan-sizzled. And, of course, hand-crimped dumplings plump with fresh, intricate and complex fillings, including the much-loved juicy pork.

Owners Lei Li, Yong
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New cafe offers customers authentic Vietnamese coffee

Kim Dam, the owner of Portland Ca Phe, sits in front of a painting of Vietnam in her coffee shop.

Kim Dam, the owner of Portland Ca Phe, sits in front of a painting of Vietnam in her coffee shop.

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Kimberly Dam, the owner of Portland Cà Phê, wants to offer all of the popular coffee drinks one could normally find in any standard coffee shop, but with a twist: using coffee beans harvested and imported from Vietnam.

“What I wanted for Portland Cà Phê was to showcase that it could be enjoyed in any way that you like your coffee; a plain espresso, a drip coffee, a

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