Food and Frills in Fountain Valley

A pair of buzzy restaurants and shops to get your glam on make this corner of Fountain Valley a must-visit.
Photograph by Derek Choi, Courtesy of Kei Concepts

INI Ristorante 

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INI Ristorante shines with fusion fare such as branzino with yuzu beurre blanc, pomegranate gastrique, fennel, and herb gremolata.

This gorgeous Italian and Japanese fusion restaurant, set around a fig tree growing under a huge skylight in the dining room, is the latest entry from Kei Concepts, the influential group with several eateries in Fountain Valley. The inventive menu offers traditional items such as margherita pizza ($15) and spaghetti alle vongole ($18) alongside more unusual fare such as spicy miso carbonara: udon, shiitake mushrooms, bacon, and egg yolk with spicy miso cream ($22). 16129 Brookhurst Ave., 714-277-4046

NQ Jewellers

Diamonds glitter from the display cases in the 8,000-square-foot showroom of this family-owned jewelry store, where jewelry designers can guide you through the dozens of engagement rings and wedding bands for sale, or help you design your own. The boutique’s not just about rings; it also stocks an impressive array of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, watches, and cuff links, and it provides engraving and jewelry repair services. 16041 Brookhurst Ave., 714-839-8885

The Vox Kitchen

This hot spot for Asian comfort food has been open since 2017 and is still going strong; it was included on Yelp’s 2022 Top 100 Places to Eat list and continues to fill tables with diners eager for house garlic noodles and fried rice ($16 to $27). Don’t miss the saltado shaken fries: steak fries, red onion, aji pepper sauce, tomatoes, and rice pilaf with chicken thigh ($16), salmon belly ($18), or filet mignon ($20). 16161 Brookhurst Ave., 657-231-6493

Skyline Beauty Supply

A playground for anyone who loves painting their nails, this small but well-organized shop offers aisles full of OPI, Orly, Gelish, and Essie polishes, among other brands, in seemingly every style and color. It also sells all the tools necessary for a professional-level manicure, including clippers, gel LED lamps, cuticle pushers, and nail files, along with dipping powder, gems, glitter, and nail art foils. 16125 Brookhurst St., 714-486-1406