Restaurant: J Zhou
Location: 2601 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782. (714) 258-8833
Date: June 17, 2021
Cuisine: Cantonese Chinese
Rating: Amazing (if pricey) crab
Today is the third day of our epic Foodie Club June mega week, and tonight is a special La Tâche dinner deep in the OC, so we wanted to “warm up” (sans wine) with a bit of Orange County Chinese food.
J Zhou is the fanciest of the OC’s big Cantonese palaces and I’ve heard good things about it for a long time.
There were 3 of us, but we had our own private room as Fred is friends with the manager.
The daytime dim sum menu.
Seafood dumpling in egg wrapper. These were delicate and delicious!
XLB. A decent, but not amazing version of this classic.
Roast Squabs or Quail. I thought these were some of the crispiest and meatiest little roast birds I’ve had in a long time. Delicious!
We pre-ordered a huge king crab and they prepared it 3 days. This first way was just simply steamed with a bit of vermicelli underneath soaked in crab juices and soy. Incredibly fresh and sweet — hey they did bring in the live crab a few minutes before!
King crab typhoon style. Crispy and amazing.
King Crab Brûlée. Egg custard in the crab shell was also silky smooth.
We didn’t sample that many dishes because we had an epic wine dinner just a few hours later, but what I had was all excellent. The crab in particular was amazing, but it was full premium price per pound — no super steal discount at all. I would like to come back and try a full dim sum spread.