Stories about Irenia

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


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'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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Critic’s notebook: Gone but not forgotten, 10 closed restaurants I miss the most

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 26, 2022

and delivered an electrical shock of Sichuan peppercorns. No restaurant since has ever done it better. Pork adobo over rice with a fried egg at Irenia, now closed, in Santa Ana. (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) 4. Irenia (2016

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

Kuya Lord ushers in a new era of Filipino cooking

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • October 27, 2022

departure of important restaurants that served similarly personal Filipino cooking. We lost genre-pushing Irenia in Santa Ana in 2019 and Charles Olalia’s frequently brilliant Ma’am Sir in Silver Lake during the summer of 2020. Ria Dolly Barbosa’s tiny

Review: 7 new Mexican restaurants worth visiting in Orange County

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 24, 2021

-7380, Chato’s Bar & Grill Chef Sergio Ortega, the chef who launched Descanso in Costa Mesa, has taken over the space in downtown Santa Ana that was previously occupied by Irenia, flipping into a casual Mexican bar and grill. The vibe: A

Kuya Lord’s Filipino feast is food of power, finesse and delight

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • February 3, 2021

Spoon & Pork in Silver Lake and the warming rice bowls from downtown’s Petite Peso. There have been disheartening fluctuations as well: the closing of genre-pushing Irenia in Santa Ana in 2019 and the hard loss last year of Charles Olalia’s beachy, often

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