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Former Owner of Kappo Ishito in LA opens a sushi bar in San Diego?

There's a story about a new Sushi Bar on Serra Mesa called Kokoro in Eater:

http://sandiego.eater.com/archives/20...

Contacted my sources who confirmed that the owner Akio Ishito is indeed the former owner of Kappo Ishito in LA

Jun 06, 2014
KirkK in San Diego

If you're wondering what happened to the Assistant Chef at Ba Ren

The assistant chef at Ba Ren is currently the head chef at the newly opened Fu An Garden. The former prep cook at Ba Ren is one of the owners. So far, my experiences have been mixed, but I still prefer the food at Fu An over anything else called "Sichuan" in San Diego.
The service has been quite friendly as well.
As far as I know "Shifu Cheng", the former certified master chef who was part owner in Ba Ren, who was also the head chef at ChungKing back in the 90's has relocated to the Bay area.

http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...

Sep 03, 2013
KirkK in San Diego

If you like to cook Mexican food

Good prices too.
Saw the place after eating at the Mariscos y Tacos el Kiki truck across the street and went to check it out.
Oh, take some Filipino friends to Tacos el Kiki and watch them crack up at the name.....

Aug 22, 2013
KirkK in San Diego

Where is the best fishmonger in San Diego?

A small price to pay for some of the best seafood in San Diego......

Aug 22, 2013
KirkK in San Diego

New Porto restaurants

We had a fantastic meal at Tito 2 in Matoshinhos. Great because all the seafood places are open on Sunday. Also easy to get to on the Metro.

We also enjoyed our meals at Antunes and O Caracas - where they serve only two things a day, each supervised by "Mom". Neither fancy, but hearty,

Aug 22, 2013
KirkK in Spain/Portugal

San Diego's most under appreciated cuisine type imo

I'm waiting for someone to mention Chaldean....

Aug 16, 2013
KirkK in San Diego

San Diego's most under appreciated cuisine type imo

I prefer Awash Market and Restaurant. In the back of the market is a small restaurant. It's the only place I'll trust to have Kitfo and Tire Siga. And it's not dumbed down Kitfo.

http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...

To be honest, even with the berbere the Tire Siga gets a bit tedious after a while.

Aug 16, 2013
KirkK in San Diego

San Diego's most under appreciated cuisine type imo

Can I just be diplomatic and say it's the best Filipino food in Linda Vista? The lumpia is not bad.....

Aug 14, 2013
KirkK in San Diego

Your nominations for San Diego's spiciest dishes?

I think it's actually more consistent than Linda Vista, though I've noticed not as spicy. I think they've toned it down a bit. Pad See Ew is never really "spicy". If you want spice, get a larb or the Som Tum.

Aug 14, 2013
KirkK in San Diego

San Diego's most under appreciated cuisine type imo

It's Olga's Food Place. The husband, named Rocky is Filipino. His wife Olga is actually Cuban. They used to serve Cuban food on Friday's and Saturdays when Olga's Mom worked the kitchen.

http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...

Aug 09, 2013
KirkK in San Diego

Your nominations for San Diego's spiciest dishes?

There are very few people who haven't grown up eating at that heat level who want to have the "morning after" experience.

One of the most spiciest items I've had was the "big spicy" as in "our medium spicy, is hotter than most BIG spicy" Suan Do Jiao Chao La Ya from Hunan Chilli King. Just the steam coming off the dish felt like pepper spray.

Aug 09, 2013
KirkK in San Diego

Your nominations for San Diego's spiciest dishes?

D. Chow - I'm not sure if you know this but Wal Mi Do has closed. It's now i-Sushi.

http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...

La Playita made a pretty spicy Caramones a la Diabla, but they've closed as well.

The sour tones in the Oscar's Mexican seafood "Cucaracha" heightens the heat and they can make it pretty picante.

Aug 09, 2013
KirkK in San Diego

Your nominations for San Diego's spiciest dishes?

One of the spiciest dishes I've ever had that's not a gimmick is the Naked Shrimp at The Orginal Sab E Lee. Not Thai spicy (10), but Lao spicy which is even hotter. I was told somewhere around 12-14 on the Thai 1-10 scale. They won't even make it for you if they don't know you, or you aren't Thai/Lao.

Aug 09, 2013
KirkK in San Diego
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San Diego Poke

We eat it fairly quickly because we usually can't wait. Being from the islands, I prefer to make my own.
I usually get my fish from Catalina Offshore or Marukai....in Costa Mesa or Gardena. I love the San Diego location, but the fish department is off and on....more off. Once in a while I'll see something from the seafood department worth buying.
Ogo is a problem. Marukai sells very low quality, old ogo, having to be shipped from Hawaii/Japan. Even if it's edible, it's only suitable for ogo-namasu.It wasn't that way a couple of years ago, but seems to be the norm for the present.
A couple of months ago, I got some ogo from Carlsbad Oysterfarms booth at the farmer;s market. They were trying to raise it locally. I'm not sure if they still are.
Shoyu is quite important and I vary depending on which type I'm making. If it's a basic shoyu poke with perhaps grated ginger and a bit of garlic, I'll go with a touch of Whole Bean Kikkoman. Otherwise, it's Aloha Shoyu.

Funny story, when Sam from Sushi Yaro was still at Katzra, after a "loooong" evening he closed shop and I taught him how to make your basic poke. He'll deny it though.

Every established nationality in Hawaii has influenced poke, so once you've got the basic version down, you can just go for it.

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Jul 31, 2013
KirkK in San Diego
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best chinese food san diego

That's because the ABC dishes have more protein in them, which costs more.

Jan 07, 2013
KirkK in San Diego

Moby Dick Fish Market........and Kazumi

Phee - The owner of Moby Dick also owns Ocean Harvest, a seafood wholesale company. He used to also own North Park Sushi and Convoy Fish Market. The fish sold is decent, but the preparations are scatter-shot and a bit of a mish-mash.

Kazumi is there Thurs- Sat evenings only. I'd suggest making a reservation for that. When I last ate at Kazumi's counter in Hillcrest, he and his food seemed a bit "tired", so perhaps this has re-energized him.

Jan 05, 2013
KirkK in San Diego

best chinese food san diego

To me China Quick Wok serves good "starving student" fare and the prices are right. I've had the niu rou mian twice and thought it lacked flavor and richness. The Dao Xiao Mian is actually better than Dumpling Inn, which really doesn't say much. Yes, the owners are from Shandong, my wife who is from there recognized their accents. In fact, my wife calls the menu a compilation of "homesick student favorites".

I don't consider the noodles there to be Shandong style noodles, it's more like Shaanxi Dai Xiao Mian. The hand made knide cut noodles I had in Shandong are thinner, closer to udon, though I only had Jiaodong style not Jinan style noodles there.

I was told that they had some connection with the China Quick Wok that was in Rancho Bernardo and opened in March of 2011.

Ordering isn't too hard, Niu Rou Mian is easy, stay away from the scallion pancakes....last time around someone ordered it they pulled it out of a package from the freezer.

Jan 05, 2013
KirkK in San Diego

Cappadocia Restaurants

This was from last year, but we had two decent meals.

The first at Dibek. The Testi Kebab was quite good. They'll crack it opwn at your table. The rest was just ok. You'll need a reservation.

Nostalji Restaurant had just opened. They were in the process of building a newer version of the place. The folks were very nice and took us into the kitchen where the women were prepping the food to look around.

http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...

May 14, 2012
KirkK in Europe

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants - Replacement for old board.

Actually, once Wendy left the place lost it's footing. Which is sad, the Chef is a certified Master Chef in ChongQing. I think they hit top during the Beer Week dinner there in '09. The Chef's son told me he needed a break.

Feb 19, 2012
KirkK in San Diego

Everyone Loves this Place but Me...

I think it was good and tasty say..... eight or nine years ago, but it seems a bit dated now. The main aspect of the bread that I like is that's it's made fresh, though Alforon has defintely over-taken Mama's, in both flavor, quality, and is even cheaper in certain cases.

Mar 19, 2011
KirkK in San Diego

State of Thai in SD

We recently went to Siam Nara, and thought it quite good. We were told that the Chef's are from Issan, but there's only a couple of dishes representative of the region.... basically an Issan set menu which we haven't tried yet.
Huge menu, most dishes are designed for the American palate, but al least they weren't bland, and were executed well. Two of the fish dishes we had really stood out. I still need to try some other items on the menu.

As for Sab E Lee in Santee. I had lunch with friends there last weekend, and the food was up to par with what I had during my last meal there which was the Beer Week Dinner. Same Chef in the kitchen as Koby hired. There are a couple of items no longer on the menu, such as the Miang Kum, but they still made it when I asked.

Feb 09, 2011
KirkK in San Diego

Manna Korean BBQ coming to San Diego?

So I'm assuming you don't care for Buga, which is Bossam style. It's not quite up to the level of places in Koreatown in LA, but I think it's pretty good.

Manna is AYCE, and while I'm not a big fan, having been to the LA locations. I do think you get what you pay for.

Feb 09, 2011
KirkK in San Diego

Vietnamese in San Diego

The interesting thing about Hoai Hue, is that I've been told the family who owns and runs the place aren't really from Hue. Whenever I mentioned the place to my VN friends that's the first thing they tell me. Still they serve the appropriate cuts, and do a better job of doing the meat than Mien Trung. Not enough lemongrass and other seasonings so I still prefer the broth at Mien Trung, but much better than Pho shop Bun Bo Hue, where they use Pho broth and ad some spice, and cover the whole thing up with liberal use of Mam Tom.

Nov 05, 2010
KirkK in San Diego

Manna Korean BBQ coming to San Diego?

At least that's what the sign says. Location is on Convoy, in the same building as Office Depot, but facing the street. I'm not a big fan of Manna in LA, and am not sure if this place is affiliated with the LA restaurants. At least there's some activity in the area.

Oct 02, 2010
KirkK in San Diego

akitori Koubou???

Sign in the window says opening on 10/07

Oct 02, 2010
KirkK in San Diego

Regional Chinese Cuisine in San Diego

Just an update on some of the info here:

Shanghai City is no more. They have been replaced by a restaurant that seems to be a partnership between Spicy City and the former folks that ran Dede's. They have three chefs. They've kept the Shanghainese Chef, but have added a Sichuan Chef who I'm assuming is the former chef at Dede's. The Sichuan dishes there are reminiscent of Dede's, with minimal use of Sichuan peppercorn. They've also hired a Hunan Chef, though the Hunan dishes we've had have been kinda pale compared to Hunan in the SGV.
The place is now called Spicy House; and if that wasn't confusing enough, there's a banner below the Spicy House sign that reads "Shanghai City - Spicy City #2".

Dede's has ungone a change. I haven't been there since the change in management, but folks have told me that the dishes are very uneven.

Last I heard the chef at Chin's on Convoy was from Mandarin Garden in Mira Mesa. The menu slants toward Shanghai-Suzhou-Hangzhou. The Niu Rou Chuan (beef roll) is too heavy, sauce laden, and sometimes greasy. Here's a funny thing; the last time we went to Dean Sin World, we were told that there's a restaurant in San Diego that buys their XLB from DSW. The woman then brought us out a business card from Chin's on Convoy! Needless to say, I'm not a big fan of the XLB at DSW, and I haven't enjoyed the XLB at any Chin's.

I always thought that China Chef (In the restaurant, not the fast food side) on Mira Mesa had a few Sichuan dishes that weren't too bad.

If you're talking about some Taiwanese other than Soy Milk and Mantou, 168 serves various Potages and used to serve stuff like Kezai Jian. I've not really enjoyed the food there, though.

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Spicy City
4690 Convoy St, San Diego, CA

Shanghai City Restaurant
3860 Convoy St # 105, San Diego, CA

China Chef
623 Pearl St, La Jolla, CA 92037

Mandarin Garden Restaurant
8242 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92126

Sep 15, 2010
KirkK in San Diego

Hungry for Philly Cheese steak in San Diego

That location was Pisa's Chicago Deli after it was Submarina. The UT article is interesting. I've been to both Pat's and Geno's... though for some resaon I enjoyed Rick's in Reading Terminal Market more.
I recently spent a couple of months going thru some of the cheesesteaks, and found what I had at Olde City Grill to be the best. Alex's Brown Bag has gone downhill over the last couple of years.

http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...

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Alex's Brown Bag
2550 5th Ave Ste 171, San Diego, CA 92103

Olde City Grill
967 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Aug 07, 2010
KirkK in San Diego

Hungry for Philly Cheese steak in San Diego

Since US Foods and SYSCO both distribute Amoroso rolls in San Diego, I really don't think there's any reason for anyplace selling a cheesesteak not to use them.

Aug 07, 2010
KirkK in San Diego

akitori Koubou???

One quick correction - the name of this place is Yakitori Koubou.

I got the information from the "Public Notice of Application to Sell Alcoholic Beverages". I've kinda gotten in the habit of reading those. It sometimes has good information, and is a good heads-up as to what kind of restaurant is opening in a particular spot. i.e. I got kinda excited seeing an application in the old Playa Azul location..... until I read the application saying it was going to be a place named "Fish Attack Sushi House"... sigh....

Apparently the applicant at the Convoy location is a company called Nears International Inc, but I have not been able to find out too much about it.

Here's a photo of the application.

Jun 12, 2010
KirkK in San Diego

akitori Koubou???

Noticed construction two shops down from Tsuruhashi on Convoy. I glanced at the Public Notice to Sell Alcohol and it said "Yakitori Kouba"....

Anyone know anything about this one?

Jun 09, 2010
KirkK in San Diego