White Reviews of Asian Places
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So this 90's gem was playing (SO LOUDLY) when we walked in, and our conclusion was that this place, covered in flatscreen TVs and with blaring music, was that it was a bit clublike. That doesn't really add or take away stars for me, though, because this place got away with the sort of dim lighting and blasting music.
After we adjusted our talking voices to a bit higher than normal, we were seated (make a reservation! you'll save a TON of time).
The service is FAST! You can press the call button, but we rarely had to because the servers are ON TOP of their game. We came at 7 on a Monday night (Memorial Day weekend), and it was PACKED OUT but we were served quickly and never had empty cups or plates. I was so impressed! They even came around and changed our grill tops frequently. NICE TOUCH.
The meat is sooo gooooddd. We definitely ate all we could eat. The beef tongue, the kalbi, the pork neck, even the korean pancake were amazing. I don't remember everything that we got but it was all SO GOOD. The spicy pork belly was so well marinated, too.
As everyone knows, there is the inevitable post-KBBQ food coma-like state as well as the need to wash all of your clothes and shower to get the smoke smell out that has inevitably permeated everything. It was glorious.
I was craving some Honey Boba, but wasn't in Pasadena so I settled for Lollicup. I don't feel like I was settling though (except that Honey Boba is incomprehensibly delicious) because Lollicup is pretty dang good.
Of course, parking is hit or miss. If you wait a few minutes you will surely get a space! The service is really friendly and super quick, so even if it's crowded you'll get through pretty quickly.
The boba is soooo soft and chewy ahhhh I was so happy! I got regular milk tea and it was really delicious, and I was happy to not be paying almost five bucks for a drink (ahem, San Diego boba).
If I lived in Irvine, I would probably come here a lot more frequently because it's some good boba. Be sure to check in on your phone's Yelp app for a 15% off offer!
Bahn Thai is my true love. Eating Thai food is my love language.
I came here again recently and wondered WHY I haven't updated to 5 stars yet. Much needed update.
The owner is pretty much the nicest man ever, and I had a few month hiatus from coming here (which I'll never do again), and he remembered me anyway and greeted me in Thai and let me tell them I missed them.
They have the best Thai food around here. Hands down. If you disagree with me, I will be really offended because they have my heart. Just trust me on this one.
Yes, yes, they use disposable everything which hurts my heart but I can overlook it because they have the best take-out containers ever. I am shameless and wash them and keep them as tupperware. YESS. Table space is insufficient during peak hours, but people come and go quickly so it's no problem to find seating with a bit of patience.
I love the:
curries. All of them. Can't go wrong.
Thai fried rice, so authentic when hit with some lime!
pad see ew, pad kee mao (drunken noodle)
som tam (papaya salad)
I think that's all I have had here so far, and it's so good and so authentic and SO FRIENDLY. I feel so at home here. They definitely care about the product here. We ordered mango sticky rice, and the owner came out to us and said the mango they had left (we came late) was too sour, and he wouldn't want us to have that, so he refunded us the money and still gave us some (amazingly perfect) sticky rice. Now where else will you get kindness like that?
There is no doubt that this is THE best Thai food that I've stumbled upon, with the friendliest owner I've met, with all of my loyalty and affection.Allow me to be a snob for just a moment: I just returned from Thailand after being there for a… En savoir plus
I really liked this place!
One automatic star deduction for charging for extra rice. :( Or else probably 5 stars because everything else is excellent!
The atmosphere and decor is great! It can be fancy-ish or romantic if you want, or you can have a good time with friends! Be sure to check out the bathroom sign because it is hilarious and I loved it.
The food is really good and the service is excellent! My friend got to practice his Thai with our server and he was pretty happy. They are really nice and refilled our waters frequently (makes a huge difference!) and were overall really friendly and attentive.
Together, five of us ate:
pad thai (medium spicy!)
pad see you (medium spicy)
LOTSA FOOD! All really good! I always really love curry, especially Thai curry, and this was delicious! I think I liked the green curry a little more but both were really really good! The pad thai was delicious too, and they gave us a lot! I think I liked the pad see you more than the pad thai, but both were really good.
No bad things to say, really. Check out the coupons online! I will come back! :)
Disclaimer: I don't really know how to review Sichuan-style places because I am pretty new to it, but I know that this place was pretty good!
First: parking is not too bad but could be hard to find if you come at a very popular time since it's in a popular plaza. (We found one of the few parking spaces on Tuesday around 7pm)
The atmosphere is good, though maybe a little dark when I think about it. Really not bad at all though!
The service is really fast and really attentive! We always had full glasses of water and a full tea kettle.
I am useless beyond this point: I have no idea what I ate. I came with a friend and his family and they ordered everything and it was good! It had the right amount of spicyness and was definitely big portions.
A good experience! I ate so well!
WIN. WIN. WIN. Such a good price, so delicious. Good lunch specials, and super fast service!
I usually am kinda meh about ramen, but this ramen is fricking good. I can't eat the whole bowl, which makes my friends with greater food-capacity really happy, but I wish I could eat more of this stuff cus it is so good. The broth is so smooooth and delicious. I love the shoyu broth but the spicy miso is my friend's favorite, and other friends swear by the tonkatsu broth. Basically, it's hard to go wrong here.
Bring cash unless you are spending over $20! That's the card minimum.
The spring rolls...oh the spring rolls.
It's true, all the reviews, that the best is the pork spring rolls. The shrimp ones are good too, but the pork ones are better!
Everything else is good too! Vermicelli, broken rice, pancake thing...I really don't know the names for them so the descriptions are terrible.
That being said, this place is good, hard to find (so come here with someone who has been here before), and not too expensive.
AND: They charge a ten dollar minimum on card, but you could probably try really hard to ask them to let it slide if you really don't have cash.
I LOVE the soft-tofu stew. I have tried different kinds and so far have liked all of them. Regular spicy is not really very spicy at all, so keep that in mind!
Other food is good too! I definitely go for the tofu stew, but the BBQ is good too, just portion is a bit small for the price. That may be for the best, though, because I always eat way too much when I go there.
I like it!
A lot of food for what you pay, and it was good!
I really like the salad dressing, and the service was really good!
I got the porker katsu curry and my friend got chicken breast katsu curry. Both were really good! I like that they give you a lotttt of sauce.
I don't really know how to review curry, but I had a good experience!
Like a lot of others, 3.5 stars. I will round up because we had a good experience!
The service was fine! Luckily I don't know what everyone is talking about when they say the service is bad. Our server was friendly and helpful and attentive, and there were ten of us!
The food is a very reasonable price and it is pretty good. I like Thai food very easily and this place was good! I got the panang curry (I LOVE panang curry) and the portion was pretty big! My friend and I both tried to eat it and still had enough leftover for the next day!
The waiter even let us pay with multiple cards since there were so many of us, which is always really nice and so helpful!
I am not from Irvine and I am rarely in the area, but if I were around and craving Thai food, I would probably come back here! The location is excellent and we had a good experience!
I am going to say it right away: I really don't know how to review cantonese food because I don't really know what it is supposed to be like. We ended up here because a friend and I were driving through Monterey Park to pick up a friend for a weekend trip, and I was talking to my (half mandarin half cantonese) friend about where we should eat. It went a little something like this:
Him: We should get chinese food because it is amazing.
Me: Meh. I don't know if I really like chinese food.
Him: AKHSAKJHAKWI (and other forms of exclamation) HOWW do you not like it?
Me: I dunno I guess I have never had any that is that good
Him: (at this point I can't remember the conversation except that he was pretty much outraged and shocked)
We pick up our friend and explain our conversation, he calls a friend about where to go, that friend calls his mom, the mom tells us to come here. So we end up here and eat some sort of seafood stir fry noodle (sorry that I don't know what it is called!) and some sort of mushroom vegetable dish, and lots of tea and rice.
The food was good! My eyes are opened to better chinese food! Amen. I am sure there is better out there but this place was fine!
The place is very nicely decorated, too, which is nice. Lots of families were there which I appreciated. Some of the servers only speak cantonese, some speak mandarin, some speak english, but to be safe bring someone who speaks cantonese if you can't!
I want to be spiteful and give Pho T Cali one star just because they gave me a fork when my asian friends got chopsticks, but I will refrain and try to be a little more understanding.
Their pho is fine. I don't really know how to judge pho well, but it doesn't make me feel like I am just drinking MSG, so I am happy. I have also had their vermicelli noodle, which is pretty good. I think everything at Pho T Cali seems to be "fine" and "pretty good," but not really anything special.
2.5 stars, rounded up because they seem to be trying and I appreciate their effort.
Parking was surprisingly REALLY hard on a Sunday afternoon. As someone who generally doesn't come to PB, I don't know if this is normal or not. Keep it in mind, though!
It was very easy to be seated for 5 people, and we first noted that the music selection was pretty...eclectic....First it was songs in Chinese, then English, then more Chinese...then we stopped paying attention. We were joking that most people in PB won't notice that the music in chinese isn't thai hahaha. Sigh. We don't think much of PB people I suppose...sorry.
Anyways, the server was really sweet and patient because we took forever to decide what we wanted, and the food came out quickly though not all at once. It was fine. Not great, not by any means bad. The pad see ew is really good and the portions are generous!
Prices...seem a little high since the food is pretty "nothing special."
Meh. I had low expectations for PB Thai food (I don't know how I came up with all these prejudices against PB...sorry), and stand by my original thought: don't go to PB for thai food. Go to Hillcrest!
Let me start off by saying I expected to hate this place. Also, I understand that most of you will not read this review because I am white. Haters gonna hate.
I expected to hate it because I thought it would be small and overpriced since there aren't a lot of these types of bakeries around. I think I also expected it to be grossly crowded, kind of like TapEx I guess, but luckily I was totally wrong.
Regardless of the biases both on my end and potentially yours, this place exceeded my expectations by a longshot.
There aren't really too many Taiwanese bakeries in SD, but this place makes it so that's pretty much okay because it's pretty good! Honestly, I don't know much about authenticity, but in comparing it to 85C (which I think is unfair), I think it measures up in quality though not in selection (which is understandable because 85C is way more well known). Also, my Taiwanese friends like it so I think that means something!
So: bread is good and fresh! Drinks: ehh. Very limited selection and just average. But they have happy hour sometimes (I haven't figured out if there's a pattern for it yet..I'll come back to find out) and the drinks are cheap!
The wifi is free and there are outlets every couple of tables, so come here to study! It is quiet and spacious and parking isn't too bad typically. There is abundant seating so you can come alone or with friends! Also, you are close to a bunch of places if you want to take a break and eat somewhere.
The mochi taro bread is good, and I don't even like taro. The raspberry bread thing is also really good! I will come back (though I will bring my own coffee) to study for finals!
ALSO: some people said there's a $10 credit minimum, but this wasn't my experience. I charged $5 on my card and they didn't say anything!
I've seen it said in other reviews so I know it's not just me: People come here when the lines at other places nearby are too long. Or at least, some of them do.
So while this wasn't our first choice, we had a group of about 10 on a Saturday night during UCSD graduations (aka.....Convoy is PACKED OUT with families), but we were seated immediately.
They seem a bit....understaffed....so things took a while. But the people they did have working there were working really hard! They did a great job. I think they should hire a couple more people, though, because these ladies worked so so hard and were so busy the whole time.
The prices are pretty average, maybe a little high compared to Tofu House, but the food is good! Not amazing, but good. We ate soondooboo (beef and mushroom) and dolsot bibimbap among our table, so pretty standard stuff. It was good! We had to ask for the egg for the soondooboo but that's not a big deal. Just be sure to get it before it gets too cool to cook!
They let us pay with multiple cards, which is nice when you have a big group!
Basically, this place was alright. I wouldn't want to come back really, but if the lines were too long somewhere else then I wouldn't mind coming here.
There is a good amount of seating, so after you find parking (sometimes you're better off finding street parking in the back!), you should have no problem seating just a few people or a big group!
I have played board games here (bring your own, they don't have them if you want to play) and it was fine! The noise level is really normal (not creepily quiet, not loud) so it's great to just hang out.
The food and PMT is what you'd probably expect from any place. I really like their ovaltine milk tea because I LOVEEE ovaltine (ahh I am such a kid!)
They take card with a minimum purchase of I think $5, or there is an additional .50 charge.
The service is good! They are very nice and attentive and patient! Which is nice if you can't decide between their many options of food and drinks.
Meh. If you come here, it will be fine. If you don't, you haven't missed much.
It's really hard to find boba that is the right consistency. You know what I am talking about: it's either really hard (ahem, Tapioca Express...so gross) or really soft and kinda mushy, but Honeyboba has got the whole texture thing DOWN.
I guess I am only rating their regular milk tea with boba drink, but if they can do that well I would assume everything else follows. GOOD. MILK. TEA. GOOD BOBA. Good price, good size. I love it.
The place itself is pretty cute. It's not in a great area from what it looks like, as in, I probably wouldn't be there unless Honeyboba was there, but then again I am not from Arcadia so I don't really know what else there is. But inside, it's hella cute. I love the tiny chandeliers and the paint and the tables.
The service is decent. Seems to take a while to make simple drinks, but if it's this good I don't mind waiting. The employees seem happy which is unfortunately rare at boba places.
I would definitely be back! Bring yo friends.
Three dollars for a footlong pork BBQ sandwich?! Yes, please. There's really not more to say than has already been said:
It seems that the draw is how cheap yet good the sandwiches are. Basically, my favorite things of cheap and sandwich put together into one.
I would recommend coming here and getting a sandwich, pouring some sriracha on top, and reveling in the deal you just got.
I was full after a sandwich, but I tend to not eat very much and I know my guy friend was still a little bit hungry after his sandwich, so maybe add some egg rolls or something if you tend to eat a little more.
Bring cash if you spend less than $6 or else there's a charge!
I have heard such mixed reviews of this place.
Basically, I came here with a couple girlfriends for lunch on a weekday because we know it's not that expensive.
Usually there is a bit of a wait and the location is kind of...unattractive (don't take someone here if you want to impress them), but the price is good and the food is fine.
I like that they have monthly specials and daily specials, so you can always get a good deal and they have a great variety!
The rolls are pretty good and I feel like a baller because we split the August special and another roll and ended up spending less than $20 for the three of us. I wouldn't recommend this if you can eat a lot, but if you don't eat too much like us then this is a SUPER good deal. Or else order a couple more rolls and be happy.
Parking is kind of a pain usually, but you can try parking at Mitsua (not technically allowed....but if you aren't afraid of their threats of towing then go ahead and give it a try).
Ahhh, I miss Thailand. I am on a search for authentic Thai food to eat when I miss Thailand (I spent a while in Thailand and loved it), and I was really happy here.
The woman working is so sweet and she hooked me up with some good and authentic-tasting sohm tham (papaya salad), medium spicy (for those of you who like spicy, start with medium! It's pretty spicy haha). She also gave me a sample of the cha yen (thai iced tea) to let me decide if it's what I was looking for.
I was so reminiscent of Thailand with the decor and the food, and the sweet woman working.
love love love
Ommmm chirashi bowl.
It's ridiculously huge. I split this with a couple guys and we were sitting fat and happy after trying to finish that and an order of bulgogi.
Good prices if you split it like that, forreals.
Honestly, this place isn't great, like I probably won't ever crave it, but I would come back because it's a really good price for plenty of food. And since I love food and am cheap, it works out pretty well for me.
Ohhh the beef noodle soup is so good!
Some people say the service is kind of slow, so come when it's probably not going to be too busy! I came around 7 on a Tuesday night and it was great.
If you check in before 4pm, you get a free tea! I recommend the wintermelon ooommmmggggggg it was pretty good. We checked in at like 645 but they still gave us one ;) THANKS MAMA LIANG
The papaya thing they give you when you sit down is so good! Really sweet and nice to eat to take a break if your soup is spicy (the spicy soup is exactly that--really spicy!)
Apparently the shaved ice is hella good and my friends got pretty excited about it, and fosho if you can eat a lot get the beef roll too.
It's times like these when I wish I could eat more.
I was so sad. For some reason, a couple of my friends say this place is good. Okay, not good, but "better than Tea N More." Tea N More sucks, so that doesn't mean E and Drink is good, just better than sucks. I don't know if I agree though. But none of y'all will listen to me since I am white, but here we go anyway:
The air was spicy. We walked in and the air was so spicy (reminded me of the airport in Guangzhou....not a good thing). We coughed for a couple minutes then got over it. It's fine to have spicy air, I guess? They had millions of jars of spicy sauce in the corner so that's why. Kinda weird.
Service is fine. That's where the two stars comes from! Pretty attentive--well done!
BUT THE DRINKS SUCK. D: At least, the strawberry milk tea, which I will admit is not usually that good, is so bad. It was sitting on the table cus I didn't want to drink it because it was gross, and two minutes later I look at it and it's all separated into two layers of...stuff....?
Not for me, but I hear the hotpot is good.
Small place, but superrrr gooooddd shaved snow! The place itself is cute and well-decorated.
The texture is so good and puts that hard, awkwardly watery, chunky shaved ice to shame.
Ain't nothing to say that hasn't been said already! Good toppings, good price, good product.
What's there to say that hasn't been said already?
Crepes are pretty good! I like the crepes without ice cream on top, but then again, I like them with ice cream too. I am an easily pleased woman when it comes to food, so I loved it.
BUT THE BEST PART is the weird giraffe stickered on thing in the back. And the hella cute guys who work there.
I love this place.
Except for the tvs that are super distracting that play Korean version of The Voice or something hahaha. I loved it. But was super distracted--my fault, not theirs!
They do their best with having such a small place! I am bummed it's next to a cigar bar because it can smell gross sometimes (til you're seated, then it goes away!). They get people in and out without rushing you, and the service is good! They are SUPER friendly!
Prices are average, maybe a little cheaper than Tofu House for the bbq (WOOHOO) and the portions are big! I always get the soondooboo (tofu stew) and always love it.
OHMYGOSH and the banchan (side dishes) and UNLIMITED, except the steamed egg which is one per table. I LOVE THE SIDE DISHES. I was here with a couple girlfriends and we ate like 3 refills of a lot of them hahha.
I will always choose this place when I want tofu stew because the soup is soo goooodd. The broth is really good and not too weak or brothy, but not too little broth either (IMO, Tofu House doesn't give enough soup part so my rice always soaks it up too soon).
So: come when it's not too crowded or be prepared to wait! Also, I think there's a credit card minimum of $10?
I am super out of my element reviewing this place (I am a hick from San Diego, totally unfamiliar with Pasadena), but here we go:
Seems like this is a good place for groups! //end boring but useful note.
Prices seem a bit high, but people go all nuts for the sweet potato crust (which is pretty good, forreals), so they can charge it since people will pay it. The pizzas are flavorful and have unique combinations. I thought the shrimp was such a good idea, but I wish it had more flavor. But the vegetables and stuff on the pizza is realllyyy tasty. Best way to get people who don't eat vegetables to eat vegetables--put it on pizza. Does it still count as healthy then? Whatever. I am counting it.
This is a fun place for friends because you can try a lot of things, and who doesn't want to try all kinds of stuff here?
Service is attentive and pretty quick! My friends say it is really similar to what is in Korea, so plus one for that. I can't say firsthand cus I haven't been to Korea yet, but I trust what they say!
Basically, come here and eat a lot.
Koreans and Korean food lovers (aka, everyone because it's delicious) were skeptically rejoicing when Manna opened. Could good kbbq have finally come to San Diego? Good AYCE bbq? Sounds too good to be true.
Well, my friends, it is true. The food is good, service is good, wait is long. But what is there to say that hasn't already been said? I have a couple things:
1. Thanks for the self-esteem boost, ajumma who reached right for my crotch to turn off the heat on our table. It was about as awkward as it sounds. She was so nonchalant about it though, so I giggled.
2. Apparently it is everyone's birthday at Manna. And when they play the birthday song over the speakers, it always resets the cd or whatever, so Gangnam Style comes on every time after. I had to hide my delight because I didn't want to be "that white girl" who wants to dance to it.
Prices are about what you may expect for AYCE, with a $20 or $25 option. Honestly, the $20 option is excellent so unless you need to get something unavailable on that menu, save a few bucks and you'll leave super satisfied/really full.
I MISS THAILAND. I MISS IT.
And I love Sab E Lee. I came here with a coworker for lunch on Saturday after she was raving about it at work, and she did not oversell.
It's been said: this place is hella small. So don't be a jerk and bring a lot of people! Bring your friend or that girl you've been trying to get to know better and save some space for the other 6 people that can fit in there.
I was super impressed at the prices, too. Thai tea is $2.50 or something like that, and entrees are around $8 or less. NICE.
Service is really good, too. Very attentive and hospitable (reminded me of Thailand a little....ahh kit teung mak mak) My coworker brought in her 6 month old ADORABLE baby and the workers were so sweet to him as well (he is such a ladies man...dang).
On to a fun story with an important lesson:
My friend Joseph H came here with our pastor, and my pastor went ahead and got his meal at the spicy level of 8. My friend says that during the conversation, our pastor was sweating and couldn't talk. I'm pretty sure most people who like spicy like it around a 4-5...
My friends, their spicy is SPICY.
I am so sad about this review update. I am the type of person who loves everything and finds the best in everything, but honestly looking at our last experience here I can only be fair to update with one star.
We signed up on the list outside and were expecting a short wait to be seated. We were seated quickly enough on the patio, which is pretty nice! It's like a secret they've been hiding for so long. It has nice tables, cool lamps fresh with the Ikea tags on them, and tables with those fire and rock things. Super cool!
We got our waters then ordered, then...waited. For like....a long time. It was raining pretty freaking hard outside, too, and the patio roof was leaking so we were getting kinda rained on. It was pretty awkward. The heat lamps ran out of gas, too, so it was cold on the patio. Such a bummer!
We waited for a freaking freaking long time for ramen. Isn't it already cooked? Anyways, we got up to leave after waiting for an hour after we ordered, when they said they actually just started making it and lost our ticket somehow and would make it up to us. Since we were hungry and are cheap, we sat back down with all dignity lost and ate the ramen when it arrived a few minutes later. The ramen itself is good, but not wait-an-hour-in-the-rain good.It's cold outside, so who doesn't want a nice bowl of ramen?
I was meeting up with a couple of… En savoir plus
Good resource for some harder to find items in other grocery stores! The prices are also really good for meat, fish, bread, dumplings. You know, necessary life stuff.
But their produce sometimes sucks. I am definitely one of those people digging to the bottom of the huge pile of onions to find one without a bruise, but I suppose it's worth it for the price!
They also tie their bags in a super cool way.
I also sometimes get stared at because I am hella white and I just want my dumplings, dammit.
My loyalty has been earned by Di Chan due to their good food, fair prices, and EXCELLENT service.
I have been here a handful of times, and each time I like it more and more! The staff and owners are wonderful and so friendly! The restaurant is clean and the decor is comfortable.
My new favorite thing is to call them a day in advance when I am having a big get-together and don't want to cook, then make a HUGE order, then pick it up the next day. They are superstars! They've never messed up an order even when I read them a 10 item list. They repeat it back to me like champs, then I typically get a call the next day confirming the order and telling me they are going to start cooking, and confirming the time I requested to pick it up. They are super punctual, too! I say 7pm, it is ready at 7pm in to-go boxes and containers, all bagged up! One time, they were maybeee 5 minutes later than I had requested (not a big deal at all--still impressive) and they gifted us with 2 thai teas (one for me and one for my partner-in-crime). I was really impressed with their hospitality and service.
The food is good! As I explore the menu more, I appreciate the home-cooked feel that does give me that wave of homesickness for Thailand. I recommend: curry (any kind), anyyy noodle dish, the thai fried rice, or the larb. SO GOOD. I want to try their fish dishes next, too. Ommm.
Di Chan has a special place in my heart due to their incredible, over the top kindness, service, and hospitality! Kop khun mak ka, Di Chan! Chun rak khun. (Thank you, Di Chan, I love you).I thought I would probably never come here because, let's face it, it looks janky from the outside. … En savoir plus
Let's start with the not so good:
Service here is pretty slow. I don't think it's so much they're understaffed with servers, but they have only one or two guys making rolls at busy times so if you have a larger party, you'll end up waiting for a long time. At least they warn you about that, I suppose!
Parking can also be a little tricky, so get creative if the lot is full!
Now that that's over, onto the better:
Ambiance: Pretty cool! Darkish lighting (they put napkins on the lights hahaha) and well spaced tables give the small restaurant a hip feel. Good for friends or dates!
Food/Prices of food:
The garlic edamame is SO GOOD. I didn't know things like that existed. Honestly, garlic edamame sounds nasty to me but this was sooo gooooddd. Sorry for doubting you, roasted garlic. Get it. Good portion size, too.
The rolls are also pretty good! I have "risked' it with the One Night Stand a couple of times and have been happy both times! The portions are good for me, but my guy friends are usually still pretty hungry after a roll so keep that in mind! Prices aren't too high, probably on the lower side of what I would expect, but remember: Multiple rolls add up fast.
Overall: Not bad, not amazing. I wouldn't object to coming back here, but wouldn't jump at the opportunity either. The food is good but the wait is long.
Who would've thought that a place that is in the middle of Mira Mesa, in the middle of a strip mall, that looks so janky from the outside, could be SO GOOD?
I was pretty surprised, myself. But Yelp don't lie, and the 4 star average gave me some hope in the middle of a suburban wasteland (okay, that's a little dramatic. ohwell).
Parking is easy, and when you walk inside you are face to face with walls of GOLD. Dat gold! So sparkly, so Thai. When I was in Thailand (gotta pull the snob card, yaknow), there was that shiny gold everywhere! They also had some of dem statues of dragony things. COOL.
Seating is well-spaced. This is good for groups (there was a big group of teenagers, and also a bunch of families!), but also really good for dates or coming here with a friend. There was this really cute old lady there with her family (at least, I assume it was her family) and I really liked her and she can be my grandma, too. ANYWAYS
Service is definitely not bad! I got all nervous and didn't wai back and didn't 'sawatdee' back...shame on me! :( My thai mama would say I have bad manners. Sorrrryy mei! We took a little time to decide what we wanted, but the server checked on us regularly and kept our water glasses full! I loveeee the golden dresses they wear!
FOOD. IS. SO. GOOD. I was so nostalgic! GOOD JOB, BOYFRIEND, for taking me here. We got the drunken noodles and the yellow curry, and roti for dessert. The drunken noodles tasted JUST like the street food I ate in Bangkok (just less spicy, which is okay in my book!) and the curry was flavorful, rich, and plentiful! I just wish we had more rice. The roti (it's like a thick crepe with sugar and condensed milk) reminded me of the night markets and I loved it.
Overall, I love this place and it would make me actually want to come to Mira Mesa. I would be quick to recommend and quick to crave.
Update, 2 years later.
Still, the boba is pretty good.
But I cannot overlook how expensive it is any longer! Boba addiction is an expensive habit if this is your go-to place.
They remodeled, so it's all fancy now. Dang, girl! It has a lot of space and is good for groups. Service is fine, nothing great and nothing bad. The lady who dropped off the check left even though we had the card out, which was kinda weird hahaha.TEA STATION HAS MADE A BOBA ADDICT OUT OF ME.
Their boba is so chewy and delicious, and their drinks… En savoir plus
DID YOU HEAR? Of course you did. Everyone and their mom is giddy with excitement at the news THAT ZION HAS MOVED.
It's location is bigger, it's better, it's the Zion we were promised in the days of old.
Okay, maybe not, but it's pretty cool. It's HUGE and has got all the stuff we loved about the old Zion (the meat, the kimchi, the ridiculously cheap though questionable produce, the moms with knockoff designer bags and sweatsuit sets), and MORE! There's a Paris Baguette coming (ahem, competing with H Mart in Mira Mesa if you ask me. But no competition, IMO), Samsung store (obviously...is it bad for me to say that?), and some other random stuff.
AND. HALLELUJAH! The parking lot is WAY BIGGER. I freaking hated the parking at the old Zion because people would go nuts for some reason. But this one is wide open, so hopefully there will be none of the chaos (no guarantees, only hopes).
Clairemont Mesa Blvd just gained a new supermarket to join the ranks of 99. I don't know if that's really high praise, but I am happy.
I am often the only white person here, which makes me feel pretty confident that they have the good stuff.
First things first: I thought that my boyfriend was just over emphasizing how good their garlic chicken wings were (sorry for the yelp confession, boyfriend), but he gets the last word because those things are freakingggg good. Like...you really need to get them. Like now. Crispy wings with crispy garlic, so gooodddddd!
They keep your water glasses full, which is an added bonus for those dishes that are surely jam-packed with MSG.
I am not sure how I feel about how I don't really like pho that much, but it is what it is, so I usually get the vermicelli noodles and cover it in fish sauce and I love it. Smells like feet but tastes soo good!
So at this point, I smell like garlic and fish sauce, and I couldn't be happier about it, especially for the price! This is totally the go-to Vietnamese place in the area.
I don't know if it's okay that I lived in SD for 5 years before coming here, because it seems like "one of those places" you sort of have to try.
I have this thing about three star reviews: It can either be a bad 3 or a good 3. It's not fair of me. This place is a good three! I would totally come back.
The wait can get pretty long, so I have heard. It was busy but not packed while we were here around 7 on a Wednesday. Prices are fair and portions are generous. I recommend coming with a group and enjoying family-style eating so you can try a lot of stuff mmmm.
You can get your sweat on by indulging in the spicy stuff, or you can keep calm and eat on and get the nonspicy stuff. The garlicky fish dish was super good! I am useless with names because I didn't order--I left it to the pros.
All in all, good enough service, good enough food, good enough options means A OK in my book.
Linda Vista-ites....I am surprised at the high reviews.
Not that this place is bad. It isn't! The duck soup seems quite popular. I opted for the thing I crave most about the street food in Thailand-the kao pawt moo. Friend rice with pork, for you nonThai speakers. I have found what I believe is the best in SD at my beloved Bahn Thai, and was hoping to find something comprable to what I have been missing. While I wasn't gravely disappointed, I wasn't reminded of what I missed in Thailand.
Maybe I am being too harsh, but I am just saying that while this place has decent prices and is not bad by any means, but there are more authentic options in San Diego. I wouldn't be quick to recommend on my Thai food short list, but wouldn't be too judgy for people who rave about this place.
the chicken and rice dishes seem popular and pretty good. I didn't try it so I can't comment on it too much, but if you come here it may be a good option.
My favorite thing about being in LA is that I never have to pick where to go, and the people I am with already know where to go so it's always sooogooodddd.
First of all: Whiners, get over the wait. It's long cus it's good. Deal with it.
Second of all: This place was recently renovated and it looks dayum fine. We were more thank grateful for the AC in the 100 degree heat.
And finally: The xiao long bao are sooo juicydelicious I could eat them forever and a day. Portions are a bit small, as people have said, but for two of us we got three dishes (around $30) and had leftovers and left soo happy. No complaints on my end! Happy Nat
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