Oceanside’s Amazing Asian Restaurants
Oceanside has long been known for its beautiful beaches but now that the food scene has evolved, both locals and tourists alike enjoy a huge variety of options including a plethora of Asian restaurants. From Japanese to Vietnamese to Thai, eateries abound will satisfy noodle, sushi and/or curry cravings. Learn more about three popular Oceanside Asian restaurants below.
Sabai Sabai Thai Kitchen
Sabai Sabai means a way of life at the beach that is relaxed and casual. And that is exactly how Chef/Owner Simon and his family want you to feel when visiting their small friendly restaurant off Oceanside Boulevard. The cozy dining room is decorated in cheerful orange tones with authentic Thai décor. Traditional Thai dishes are executed with flair such as the Chicken Satay, Pad Thai or Tom Yum. The house curries are also delicious. The creamy Mussaman Curry with potatoes, carrots and onions is popular along with the Sabai Sabai Curry made with red curry, peanut sauce, broccoli, bell peppers, carrots and sweet basil. Customers are encouraged to specify the level of spiciness that they desire. The Thai Iced Tea nicely complements any dish and the Mango and Sticky Rice dessert is a must try. Sabai Sabai also offers takeout plus caters corporate and private events.
Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub
The Omakase menu option at Wrench & Rodent (a meal consisting of the chef’s choice of dishes) is a quintessential San Diego dining experience. Every time is different and provides the chance to be guided on a culinary journey by supremely gifted Chef Davin Waite and his talented staff. Chef Davin is reputed to be a chef’s chef because he pushes the envelope by constantly exploring new techniques and flavor profiles using fresh locally sourced products. Wrench & Rodent offers a small but well curated wine and beer selection. A few summer standouts on the Omakase menu are the Watermelon Gazpacho with Sashimi, Oysters with Uni and the Salmon with Blistered Shishito Peppers. House rolls showcase creative sushi preparations such as Ginger Devils with spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, albacore, avocado topped with a sublime roasted Anaheim chili caramelized onion sauce.
Wulan Ramen Tap House
Ramen is the star of the menu at Wulan and there’s quite a selection such as Mega Pig, Chicken, Miso Hot and Black Night. Traditional ramen is made with a Chinese wheat noodles but Wulan incorporates plain, sesame and spinach into their various ramen dishes to create incredible flavor combinations. The signature Wulan Ramen with the sesame noodle, creamy pork broth, pork, seasoned egg, green onion, bamboo, wood ear mushroom, fish cakes and seaweed is a customer favorite. Tantalizing appetizer options are the Vegetarian or Pork Gyoza, Smoked Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings and Fried Calamari Rings. Orders are taken at the counter then food is brought to the table at this casual East Oceanside spot. Service is fast and prices are reasonable. The décor is stylish and trendy with bold red walls and an attractive graphic mural.
About the Author
Jolee Pink is an Oceanside-based writer, designer and artist. She runs the popular Eat Drink SD Facebook group and is also the organizer of North County’s premier, annual culinary arts event: Foodie Fest. Her Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. For more information, please visit wabisabigreen.com.