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NOVA allows guests to explore the five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water – with element-specific menu options that allow guests to indulge in each of their five senses. Where most restaurants focus mainly on taste, NOVA focuses and fuses the diner’s sense of smell, sight, touch and sound to create something sublimely transcendent that fully engages and delights.

“The five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water have long been believed in many Asian cultures to bring balance and harmony into your life in almost limitless ways,” commented Joseph Gebhardt, General Manager of NOVA Kitchen & Bar. “Each element evokes a different mood, creating a space that’s unique for every individual personality. The idea is to create a soulful place that radiates harmonious energy and allows the diner to fully immerse themselves in the experience, as they nourish not only their bodies with food and drink, but also their minds and souls.”

The NOVA Dining Experience revolves around the idea of the five elements, what they represent and how they connect to one another. Each element features properties that are represented in the restaurant’s environment and correlate to a specific human sense as follows:

Wood is represented with green plants and images of nature, along with vertical lines and columns. Wood is connected to the sense of Sight, and it feeds Fire.

Fire comes to life through red and orange triangles, peaked forms and flames. Fire is connected to the sense of Taste, and, when it turns to ash, creates Earth.

Earth is displayed with warm, neutral tones, stone and square forms. Earth is connected to the sense of Touch, and, as it condenses over time, turns to Metal.

Metal is seen through whites, grays and cool metallic finishes, alongside round forms and polished surfaces. Metal is connected to the sense of Smell, and enhances the life-giving properties of Water.

Water is represented through dark colors, mirrors and glass, as well as curving forms and wavelike movement. Water is connected to the sense of Sound, and nourishes Wood.

Overseeing Nova Kitchen & Bar’s culinary experience is Executive Chef Abel Vargas, who presents the five elements through innovative Pan-Asian menus that highlight Japanese, Sichuan, Cantonese, Korean and Thai cuisines, among others.

The Wood section of the menu features shareable dishes such as chow mein, seafood fried rice and dan dan noodles, while Fire showcases specialty dishes such as Chicken Karaage and Peking Duck.

“My goal is the take the diner on a culinary journey that is memorable, yet unique during each visit,” comments Chef Vargas, who has spent time in kitchens throughout Orange County, including Mesa in Costa Mesa and Habana in Irvine. “We have three kitchens that work together to create a menu that is basically five parts, to adequately highlight each of the elements.”

As expected, Earth represents those vegetables that it grows with a highly unique twist, as showcased in NOVA’s Caesar Salad with Seaweed Powder, while Metal also showcases fun takes on the familiar, with chicken ginseng soups, a variety of dumplings and edamame hummus.

The standout menu represents Water and highlights talent of Sushi Chef Kenji Haruki, who oversees NOVA’s dramatic sushi bar. His experience from Katsuya in Los Angeles and SLS in Las Vegas comes through in his offerings, from sashimi to specialty rolls.

To complement the intricacies of the dining menus, NOVA’s bar features nearly 400 offerings on its beverage menu. In addition to unique signature craft cocktails featuring hand-made ice donning the NOVA logo, they offer wines by the glass, a variety of sake to pair with many of the Pan-Asian dishes, and craft beers, many of which are locally brewed.

The restaurant welcomes walk-ins, and is capable of accommodating larger parties for private events and buyouts. Holiday bookings are now being accepted into the new year.

NOVA Kitchen & Bar is located at 12361 Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove, and is open daily, 4 – 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 4 p.m. – midnight Friday & Saturday. The restaurant shares a parking lot with the Hyatt Regency, and validates up to 3 hours of free parking for guests. For more information about the restaurant, reservations and other information, please visit https://www.novaoc.com/.

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NOVA allows guests to explore the five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water – with element-specific menu options that allow guests to indulge in each of their five senses. Where most restaurants focus mainly on taste, NOVA focuses and fuses the diner’s sense of smell, sight, touch and sound to create something sublimely transcendent that fully engages and delights.

“The five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water have long been believed in many Asian cultures to bring balance and harmony into your life in almost limitless ways,” commented Joseph Gebhardt, General Manager of NOVA Kitchen & Bar. “Each element evokes a different mood, creating a space that’s unique for every individual personality. The idea is to create a soulful place that radiates harmonious energy and allows the diner to fully immerse themselves in the experience, as they nourish not only their bodies with food and drink, but also their minds and souls.”

The NOVA Dining Experience revolves around the idea of the five elements, what they represent and how they connect to one another. Each element features properties that are represented in the restaurant’s environment and correlate to a specific human sense as follows:

Wood is represented with green plants and images of nature, along with vertical lines and columns. Wood is connected to the sense of Sight, and it feeds Fire.

Fire comes to life through red and orange triangles, peaked forms and flames. Fire is connected to the sense of Taste, and, when it turns to ash, creates Earth.

Earth is displayed with warm, neutral tones, stone and square forms. Earth is connected to the sense of Touch, and, as it condenses over time, turns to Metal.

Metal is seen through whites, grays and cool metallic finishes, alongside round forms and polished surfaces. Metal is connected to the sense of Smell, and enhances the life-giving properties of Water.

Water is represented through dark colors, mirrors and glass, as well as curving forms and wavelike movement. Water is connected to the sense of Sound, and nourishes Wood.

Overseeing Nova Kitchen & Bar’s culinary experience is Executive Chef Abel Vargas, who presents the five elements through innovative Pan-Asian menus that highlight Japanese, Sichuan, Cantonese, Korean and Thai cuisines, among others.

The Wood section of the menu features shareable dishes such as chow mein, seafood fried rice and dan dan noodles, while Fire showcases specialty dishes such as Chicken Karaage and Peking Duck.

“My goal is the take the diner on a culinary journey that is memorable, yet unique during each visit,” comments Chef Vargas, who has spent time in kitchens throughout Orange County, including Mesa in Costa Mesa and Habana in Irvine. “We have three kitchens that work together to create a menu that is basically five parts, to adequately highlight each of the elements.”

As expected, Earth represents those vegetables that it grows with a highly unique twist, as showcased in NOVA’s Caesar Salad with Seaweed Powder, while Metal also showcases fun takes on the familiar, with chicken ginseng soups, a variety of dumplings and edamame hummus.

The standout menu represents Water and highlights talent of Sushi Chef Kenji Haruki, who oversees NOVA’s dramatic sushi bar. His experience from Katsuya in Los Angeles and SLS in Las Vegas comes through in his offerings, from sashimi to specialty rolls.

To complement the intricacies of the dining menus, NOVA’s bar features nearly 400 offerings on its beverage menu. In addition to unique signature craft cocktails featuring hand-made ice donning the NOVA logo, they offer wines by the glass, a variety of sake to pair with many of the Pan-Asian dishes, and craft beers, many of which are locally brewed.

The restaurant welcomes walk-ins, and is capable of accommodating larger parties for private events and buyouts. Holiday bookings are now being accepted into the new year.

NOVA Kitchen & Bar is located at 12361 Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove, and is open daily, 4 – 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 4 p.m. – midnight Friday & Saturday. The restaurant shares a parking lot with the Hyatt Regency, and validates up to 3 hours of free parking for guests. For more information about the restaurant, reservations and other information, please visit https://www.novaoc.com/.

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