LOOKING FOR A SPECIFIC CUISINE? WE’VE GOT A
WEALTH OF WORLDLY CHOICES IN SAN DIEGO
Head to Bencotto or its casual sister
restaurant, Monello, in Little Italy. Both
are owned by a couple from Milan, and
are known for handmade pastas and
risotto cooked tableside in a Parmesan
Sushi Ota in Pacific Beach is where
locals have been heading for 30 years for
authentic sushi. Sit at the bar and order
the omakase menu, or chef’s choice. If
you’re looking for ramen, Tajima has five
noodle bars around the county.
Use the injera bread to enjoy the East
African delicacies at Muzita Abyssinian
Bistro, a cozy restaurant set inside a
former home in University Heights.
Bombay in Hillcrest has lively, colorful
decor and belly dancing on weekends.
Royal India has three locations and a
menu of vegetarian options along with
Order some xiao long bao (pork soup
dumplings) by the basketful at Dumpling
Inn & Shanghai Saloon in Kearny Mesa,
a spacious modern restaurant with an
adjoining craft beer pub.
Café Chloe in East Village is a favorite
for its neighborhood café ambience
and boutique wines. Bleu Bohème in
Kensington changes its menu every week,
so there’s always something new to try.
Lotus Thai’s two upscale locations are
decorated with waterfalls. Supannee
in Point Loma is known for its spicy,
beautifully plated dishes.
Pho Hoa in City Heights has communal
seating and is always packed with diners
who come for the beef noodle soup.
Saigon on Fifth in Hillcrest has dishes
prepared tableside and a full bar; it’s
open until 3 a.m.
Mama’s Bakery & Deli in University
Heights has Lebanese pastries and wraps,
served at a walk-up counter. Khyber Pass
is a chic spot in Hillcrest serving kebabs
and dishes from Afghanistan.
San Diego’s hub for Asian food lies along
Convoy Street in Kearny Mesa. Here you’ll
find strip malls with eateries and shops
selling foods from across northern and
Southeast Asia. There’s Korean barbecue,
boba drinks, sushi burritos, Thai rolled
ice cream, sushi and more.