While the COVID-19 crisis has caused dining-room closures around the world, many restaurants are finding creative ways to continue serving their communities. Our latest Restaurant Spotlights highlight these efforts at Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners.
With its dining rooms closed, including a sunlit atrium and a tree-lined patio, Twenty Eight is bringing steak-house flair to homes across Irvine, Calif. This includes a wide range of bottles from the restaurant’s 160-label wine list, which has held an Award of Excellence since 2019. For delivery and pickup, Twenty Eight has readied a selection of chef Jay Lacuesta’s dishes, with 15 percent off dining-room prices, offering roasted pork shoulder, sautéed shrimp and more, not to mention an array of steaks and accompanying sides. Steak dinners for two, with a baked lobster option, and smaller food boxes are also on the menu. For wine pairings, sommelier Kevin Ho has made every option from its nearly 1,500-bottle cellar available, with numerous bottles discounted up to 50 percent. While California Cabernets, Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays form the core of this list, other styles are well-represented, including wines from Champagne, Bordeaux, Italy and Spain. Twenty Eight has also been offering whisky options for delivery, including a tasting box of Bourbon samples, and a range of rarer bottles and complementary bitters or vermouth.