I was planning to go to Balboa International Market for lunch today then I realized I had some late DVD's to return at Video Eye. Last week has been a blur, but anyway there I finally noticed some activity through the windows of what would be Izakaya Sakura's first sister restaurant (located in the same mall, old Thai Chile Gourmet spot). The two friendly female servers said it had been only a week since they've soft opened and I believe today was the first for lunch.
While the business is registered as Sakuramen (due to the ever eccentric charm of
Kazu-san), it's an unofficial standby while they search for a more suitable name for the
Japanese influenced pasta place that it is.
is also still being worked on. Today for lunch they were set up with a
soup/salad/spaghetti combo for $12, where some choice items that are
extra is noted. For instance the soup of the day was a minestrone but I
went for the
vichyssoise which was a buck extra. Your simple but nice flavored pureed
potato and leek
soup that I always enjoy. This is the smaller lunch portion.
house salad of arugula and romaine was extremely lightly seasoned with
what seemed like a mist of vinaigrette and S&P. I think I
would've wanted a few
slivers of parmigiano reggiano, but it was definitely fresh enough.
it's still soft opening, they're very eager to hear comments and suggestions. So
a person can wait a couple months until they settle in, or they can
come, experience the friendly service and help shape their future menu. Heck,
maybe even come up with a cute name that they may adopt.
head waitress was all ears in hearing about my bolognese. Perfectly al
dente but flavored on the mild side for me. I always prefer a
bolognese where the meat sauce is much more concentrated and packed with
intense meaty and tomato flavor. A "meat pesto" is a perfect
description I always use. Also the portion of the pasta could've been a
tad more. For the price I think I expect a bigger fill. The sea urchin
Uni Pasta is supposedly the same as what is served at Sakura. Otherwise
the rest of the menu is original. I look forward in dining here again,
and wish them the best of luck. がんばってね！
Sakuramen (formerly Thai Chile Gourmet spot) 3904 Convoy St, Ste 105, San Diego, CA 92111