Using halal meats and Malaysian recipes, Belacan Grill presents diners with a menu populated by diverse dishes and preparations. The seafood selection includes live crab or lobsters prepared in one of five ways: Belacan-style means meat will be stir-fried and served with shrimp paste, while the curry option sweetens meat with a coconut-milk gravy. Whole fish can be steamed or deep-fried, and blanketed with brown-bean sauce or a blend of spices and fresh chilies. Like best-selling romance novels, the beef rendang is spicy and tender, making it one of Belacan’s most popular dishes, as is the mamak mee goreng, a tangle of stir-fried egg noodles, chicken, shrimp, and sprouts in tamarind sauce.
The clay pots lined up at India Kitchen Restaurant's daily lunch buffet look identical, but inside is a cross-section of Indian cuisine that spans the country. Starting on the border between India and China is fried chicken in a manchurian sauce and fried rice with veggies and shrimp. Moving southward, chefs light on the northern tikka masala before journeying to the southern madras curry chicken with its coconut twang. These flavors all come to life with the cooking methods native to those regions: tandoor ovens impart a smokey, charred flavor to cuts of lamb kabobs; round tawa griddles churn out flaky paratha bread. Indian Kitchen also serves a selection of dosas as well as Andhra-style Hyderabadi dum biryani with chicken, goat, lamb, vegetables, egg, and shrimp. Most dishes can also be made with or without meat to accommodate dietary restrictions and people who've been bitten by a werebunny.
Only after they've been brined and smoked for two full days are the pork chops at Tustin Roadhouse hand cut, grilled, and flavored with a creole maple glaze. This patient approach typifies the restaurant's culinary team, who specializes in southern staples and barbecue. Chefs fry boneless chicken in buttermilk, drizzle smoked portabellos in house creole remoulade, and pair blueberry corn bread with barbecue classics such as beef brisket, pulled pork, and st. louis spare ribs. Southern feasts unfold in a cozy exposed-brick dining room where the latest sports flicker across flat-screen TVs behind the bar. Musical entertainment accompanies meals every Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., when troubadour Eric Kufs strums on his guitar as diners percussively suck barbecue sauce off their fingertips.
Dining at Rasoi Curry Point is a tasty way to learn about India's diverse cuisines. The restaurant's owner specializes in dishes from the Hyderabad region, including succulent bone-in lamb biryani and mirchi ka salaan?a piquant dish of spiced peppers. But he also draws on a deep knowledge of dishes from elsewhere on the Indian subcontinent. Delve into the cuisine of northern regions by ordering the Mughlai-style fried eggplant, or explore south-Indian flavor by ordering the tangy tamarind rice. Tandoor-roasted meats and breads round out the menu, and a variety of chutneys and sauces allow diners to customize meals or create Jackson Pollock?style splatter paintings on pieces of naan.
The experienced cleaners at Kapasi Dry Cleaning and Laundry have a soft touch. As they refresh fabrics from homes and closets, they take care to handle each article with utmost care, even as they direct their cleaning prowess on tough stains and daily grime. They demonstrate their gentle handiwork not only by cleaning, folding, and delivering orders, but also by protecting the environment with ecofriendly cleaning products.
On St. Patrick’s Day weekend, runners in the fun, festive Leprechaun Leap wind their way through the District at Tustin Legacy, treading a brisk 5-kilometer course. The laid-back atmosphere welcomes veteran runners, walkers, babies in strollers, and dogs either attached to leashes or piloting miniature blimps from above. Participants are spurred on by the race's very own mascot, Terry O'Tustin.
At the finish line, each runner receives a finisher’s T-shirt and wristband, as the closing ceremonies honor the racers with the fastest time and bestow awards to the best costume for both humans and canines. After the event, an expo sprawls across the District’s promenade, where racers and spectators groove to live music and entertainment.