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San Diego Guide to Asian Restaurants

Featuring Saffron, Shogun Kobe & Izakaya Sakura



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While San Diego is known as the epicenter of Mexican food delights, a feast of Eastern cuisine can also be found in America’s finest city. From Japanese to Chinese to Thai, from the traditional to not-so-traditional, the culinary experiences are endless. So whether you’re looking for a little show with your meal, great take-out, or just some good late-night grub, check out SanDiego.com’s guide to Asian dining. 
This Vietnamese/Japanese fusion restaurant has a very modest location right on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. Write your name on the walls of this intimate venue with colorful crayons, while enjoying a popular dish like the pineapple curry, or the mango chicken for $12.87. Their portions are hearty and can be enjoyed by dining in, or carry out. 
3332 Adams Ave. San Diego, CA 92116 (619) 281-6888 
Some of the best Thai food in town can be found at this unusually-located restaurant in Point Loma. Situated inside a shopping center, this Antique Thai has quite the elegant and sophisticated décor inside. Excellent service accompanies flavorful food like the Panang Curry offered at $7.99-$12.99. Check out the lunch specials served everyday from 11am-3:30pm which come with steamed rice, soup, salad and seasonal fruit. 
3373 Rosecrans St. San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 222-0689  
This Mission Hills eatery has been given the thumbs up from countless publications over the years, and with good reason. Unlike many Thai inspired restaurants, Saffron has a casual, walk-up and order environment. Known for its great take-out and catering, Saffron offers flavorful and healthy food at reasonable prices. Try one of the daily specials, like Saffron’s famous chicken salad for $7.50 or their pumpkin and chicken curry for $8.50.
3731 India St. San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 574-7737  
Japanese tapas-style food is Izakaya Sakura’s specialty and they do it so well. Located on Convoy Street (otherwise known as the Mecca of Asian food) Izakaya Sakura offers plates like uni pasta, monkfish liver, chicken katsu curry, noodles and several sushi rolls. Can be a bit difficult to find (there’s no sign out front) but definitely worth the search if you’re looking for real Japanese food and decent prices. 
3904 Convoy St. San Diego, CA 92184 (858) 569-6151
For high-end, Asian-inspired food, Café Japengo is an absolute must. While traditional dishes won’t be found here, well-made, inspirational food will. The venue itself is large, featuring a bar area, sushi bar, spacious dining area and even an intimate patio. The shishito peppers are specialty starters (not to fear, they’re not as spicy as you’d think) and the Kobe prime beef with prawns, cheesy risotto, green beens and red wine sauce will absolutely melt in your mouth. 
8960 University Center Lane San Diego, CA 92122 (858) 450-3355