I tried to get my fill of noodles before our trip; here's a rundown of a few of those revisits:
It had been over a year and a half since I visited "Sakura's Son of a different Mother", the Japano-Italian Ristorante Kaz. I'm not super fond of that fusion. Though, while I thought having the same type of pasta for almost every dish a bit tedious, I did enjoy a couple of items I had. So I decided it was time for a return.
It's good to note that the lunch prix fixe menu still has a base price of $12 for a salad, soup, and pasta. There are upcharges for various substitutions for each course. This means that top price for the lunch would be about $18....kind of pricey.
I decided to try some of the substitutions this time around, starting with the marinated vegetables in the place of the standard salad, a $1 upcharge.
I'd say save your money here; this is more like a couple of grilled vegetables and one that should have been roasted (the red bell pepper), but was not, with some vinegar and olive oil thrown on it.
The potato soup ($1 upcharge) was not bad.
This version was a bit less thick and creamy, lighter in texture overall. It needed a bit more salt.
I went with one of my favorites here the Shishito Pepper and Mushroom with "Citrus" Flavor.
The pasta, as in my past visits was nicely done. I did notice some fairly significant changes; there was a lot less shishito and mushroom. I also think they aren't using much, if any yuzukosho, as I couldn't detect anything but a very strong and bitter white pepper flavor which detracted from the dish.
Too bad I guess. I will say that when I left the place was packed....with women and infants; the Japanese National version of "women who do lunch" with strollers, highchairs, and such. Perhaps they've found their niche. For me, it was just a bit too much carbs.........
3904 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
The Hen Xuc Banh Trang - Stir Fried Baby Clams with Rice Crackers was a spicy-peppery joy to eat. The left-overs come home with us and we eat it with rice the next day......I believe this was the last time I ate rice until tonight, something like 6 weeks!
Mien Trung Restaurant
7530 Mesa College Dr
San Diego, CA 92111
Yeah, I know, yet another post on this place. This time was different though. We both thought they went a bit too far with the MSG.....I know that San Diego is notorious for glutamic overload, but this was the first time I noticed it here. I hope this was a one-off....otherwise I'll have to stick with the Bo Kho.
9326 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92126