ORANGE >> Guangmin Yao wanted the word \u201cdiner\u201d to be part of his new restaurant\u2019s name because of its homey connotation, but his \u201cYao\u2019s Diner\u201d certainly isn\u2019t about heaps of comfort food as implied by its name. Instead, Yao, a master chef with years of experience in China and America, serves the most authentic Chinese cuisine, popping with fresh vegetable and flavors, spices that tantalize and a taste that\u2019s artful. The restaurant opened recently at 514 Boston Post Road in a small plaza across from Bob\u2019s Discount Furniture, in a spot that was long home to an Italian restaurant, then briefly a Vietnamese pho restaurant. \u201cFor every chef, his dream is to open a restaurant,\u201d Yao said through the interpretation of his daughter, Jenny Yao, 19. \u201cSo far, so good.\u201d Yao and his wife, Xuan Chen, were given the opportunity to open their own place through Norwalk restaurant owner Charles Eaton, who along with his wife, who is Chinese, opened a pho restaurant in the spot in Orange, but saw after six months that the Vietnamese soup wasn\u2019t going over big in Orange, Eaton said. Pho is a Vietnamese soup. Eaton, retired psychologist and U.S. Marine veteran who served during the Cuban Missile Crisis and in Vietnam, and his wife have for three years owned the popular Q\u2019s Viet-PHO Restaurant in Norwalk. They knew of Yao\u2019s chef talent through the restaurant business and asked if he would take over their failed spot. Eaton, who has traveled the world and been to China seven times for long periods, said, \u201cThis is the best authentic Chinese food I\u2019ve ever had \u2026The food is amazing.\u201d Yao\u2019s Diner, open seven days a week, offers dozens of mouth-watering dishes made with lamb, seafood, shrimp, chicken, beef, fresh Chinese and American vegetables, and authentic soups and noodles. Yao shops each day for fresh produce and other products. Yao gave visitors from the Register a taste of several of his dishes and in layman\u2019s terms, every bite was scrumptious and definitely calls for a return visit. A family recently dining in the new restaurant said the food was fresh and tasty. \u201cAuthentic Chinese food has a very unique taste and I\u2019d say it\u2019s quite authentic,\u201d said Steve Xue of Woodbridge. The atmosphere is authentic, too: Glass-topped tables set with chopsticks, tea pots, cups and some serving dishes imported from China and a huge painting (reproduction) of people and activities at the Qingming Festival, painted by Song dynasty artist Zhang Zeduan. The painting, \u201cAlong the River During the Qingming Festival,\u201d considered the most renowned in China, is often referred to as that country\u2019s \u201cMona Lisa,\u201d according to a written piece on the work supplied to diners. Guangmin Yao came to the United States from China 10 years ago and his wife and daughter joined him here five years ago. The family lives in West Haven, and while Jenny works there part-time, she also attends Southern Connecticut State University where she\u2019s majoring in accounting. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.