Stories about Irenia

The 75 best restaurants in Orange County in 2019 (15-1)

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • May 3, 2019

Anaheim, there are websites and apps dedicated to uncovering restaurants’ secret menus. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG) 11. Irenia (2018 ranking: 11) Chef Ryan Garlitos put Filipino food in the spotlight when he opened his scrappy

milk, black-eyed peas and bitter greens. 400 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 657-245-3466, Don’t leave Irenia in Santa Ana without ordering a slice of ube brown sugar pie with oat cookie crust. (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County

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Jonathan Gold reviews Irenia in Santa Ana, which is reinterpreting traditional Filipino cuisine

Jonathan Gold • Los Angeles Times • February 24, 2017

When you hit Irenia at the right time in the afternoon, maybe late on a Saturday when the lunch rush has faded away, you may run into a couple of old guys who look as if they’ve never left their table in the bar, nursing bottles of San Miguel and

common Filipino snacks — but it takes on a special resonance in this Santa Ana dining room, even when you give up and dump them all onto a bowl of rice. Irenia is a modern restaurant, part of the new Filipino food movement flashing through Southern


Jonathan Gold's 10 best dishes of 2017

Jonathan Gold • Los Angeles Times • December 15, 2017

can dive into a sausage pizza or a plate of chicken parm. It is the best of all possible worlds. 2100 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 908-5211, Dinuguan The dinuguan at Irenia in Santa Ana, Calif. Courtnee Jean Martinez We have

pie at the moment may lean more towards buko and pili nut than toward coconut cream and pecan. Still, until I started going to Irenia, Ryan Garlitos’ Filipino bistro in Santa Ana, I never thought it would be possible to rehabilitate dinuguan, a stew of

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Ryan Garlitos Is Pioneering High-End Filipino Food in OC With Irenia

Edwin Goei • OC Weekly • March 15, 2017

Ryan Garlitos of Irenia Restaurant dreamed of opening his own place someday. He just didn’t expect it to happen so soon. He and his girlfriend, Sarah Mosqueda, had been doing itinerant supper clubs, starting on a whim. “I was making dinner for some

after the buzz died down. More important, they wanted to set the standard. “We wanted to be the one that everybody who came after would be compared to.” When Irenia opened in May of last year, it was to instant and critical acclaim. Jonathan Gold wrote

Irenia Introduces Modern Filipino Food to OC—And It’s Awesome

Edwin Goei • OC Weekly • July 6, 2016

Garlitos—a young chef inspired by his grandmother’s Filipino cooking and mentored by Taco Maria’s Carlos Salgado—who is putting himself and his food out there for the widest possible audience. Last year he started Irenia, an itinerant pop-up he named in

honor of his lola. Its success led him to this newest project: Irenia as a brick-and-mortar in the space vacated by the North Left in Downtown Santa Ana. At his new restaurant, Garlitos doesn’t waste any time throwing the non-Pinoy into the deep end of

Best thing I ate: Critic Brad A. Johnson’s 20 best dishes of 2018

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • December 19, 2018

at Irenia. This Filipino fried chicken —all dark meat — is cooked in a style that reminds me of duck confit. The skin is amazingly crisp and perfectly salted. But then comes the Filipino part: It’s served in a greenish-yellow adobo, or curry, of

lemongrass and coconut milk. It’s accented with chili oil and served with rice ($17). It is absolutely spectacular. 400 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 657-245-3466, Filipino chicken sa Gata at Irenia in Santa Ana. (Photo by Brad A. Johnson

Is Terrace, Ross Pangilinan’s Mix Mix Spin-Off, as Good as the Original?

Edwin Goei • OC Weekly • October 31, 2018

Garlitos, whose Irenia Restaurant is the first eatery in OC to serve Filipino cuisine for an American audience. I say it’s the “first” even though I know that Mix Mix by Ross Pangilinan technically predates it by a few months. But as I said in my review

L.A.’s dining timeline has gone through some major cultural ripples

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • January 3, 2020

rice bowls and pork longganisa herald a mainstream arrival of Filipino cooking in Southern California, which includes Chinatown’s Lasa, Santa Ana’s now-closed Irenia and Olalia’s follow-up project, Ma’am Sir. Cassia merges Westside glitz with Bryant

Jonathan Gold says the time for Filipino cuisine is now, and the place is Los Angeles

Jonathan Gold • Los Angeles Times • May 19, 2017

This is the Filipino food moment — I think we can all agree on that. Restaurants such as Lasa, Irenia and Washington, D.C.’s Bad Saint have become media stars in a way that no Filipino restaurants in America have before, and The Times has been

line in my first experiences of Filipino cuisine. Kare kare at Irenia in Santa Ana. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) The combination of pork fat and liver was bland yet complex, powerful yet without spice. I didn’t quite understand it then; I’m

Jonathan Gold finds a spot that takes regional Mexican cooking on an adventure

Jonathan Gold • Los Angeles Times • March 10, 2017

outside Orange County, where he is considered a chef as ambitious as Taco Maria’s Carlos Salgado or Irenia’s Ryan Garlitos. He cooked for years with chefs such as Charlie Palmer and Michael Mina. When he was interviewed by the OC Weekly a few years ago, he

may come in the form of rabbit kebabs Jonathan Gold reviews Irenia in Santa Ana, which is reinterpreting traditional Filipino cuisine At 71Above, the view of L.A. is even prettier than the food