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Formosa Chinese Restaurant

Map & Directions 23702 Rockfield Blvd.
Lake Forest, CA 92630
  • Chinese, Taiwanese
  • Sun, Sat 10am-9:30pm, Tue-Fri 11am-9:30pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Not Accepted
  • Lot available


OC Weekly's Description

Formosa Chinese in Lake Forest is a Chinese restaurant, but not the orange chicken palaces you might expect from a place in South County. Seriously: Who knew a cafe inside a Quality Inn & Suites could be... good? Most of the 154 or so items on the regular menu are the dishes your grandparents found exotic—crab Rangoon; chicken, beef, and pork cooked any number of ways; soups, rice, and noodles. The advertised chef’s specials provoke just a bit more excitement—macadamia chicken is nothing more than hen sautéed with the nuts, and the Three Sizzling Musketeer (shrimp, scallop and beef) is just a Sino-ized version of our surf ’n’ turf. Ignore most of the menu; Formosa Cafe, as its name implies, is a Taiwanese eatery. While you may not be able to read the Chinese-only specials on the whiteboard on the wall, a little polite insistence will lead you to the back page of the menu, where you'll find beef noodles, Taiwanese breakfasts, and the best san bei ji (three cup chicken) in Orange County.

Member Reviews

  • on 05/06/09

    With a menu spanning more than 150 dishes, cheap prices and specials on every page, Formosa is a foodie's dimly lit, claustrophobic dream. But the real fun lies in the motel restaurant's two hidden menus—the one written in Chinese characters on a whiteboard, and the one known only to the ornery owner, who's nevertheless helpful in your quest for the county's best Middle Kingdom... More >>

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