Convoy Street is the area of San Diego in which you will find the most pan-Asian restaurants and businesses – it’s all about Authentic Asian Restaurants On Convoy Street. Whether you are looking for Korean, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, or Vietnamese food, you will find it here. The area stretches about 1.5 miles in the Balboa Ave/Clairemont Mesa neighborhood – between Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and Balboa Avenue. Not only will you find delicious, authentic food; but you will have so many options to choose from.
Harmony Cuisine 2b1
You can go to Harmony Cuisine 2B1 with high expectations as Chef Mickey Ninomiya is well respected. You will find so much creativity in the dishes. Some of my favorite items are the lemon salmon carpaccio, Japanese small bite Charcuterie box, nigiri platter, and spicy tuna and scallop roll. They also offer a $100 omakase, which I’d recommend as they get a box of imported fresh fish every week.
RakiRaki Ramen & Tsukemen
Japanese chef Junya Watanabe’s RakiRaki Ramen & Tsukemen is probably one of the most well-known restaurants on Convoy Street. And for a good reason – their ramen is delicious, they stay open late, have a varied menu, and have many locations. While I would not deprive you of a bowl of their ramen, it is the Japanese fried chicken with which I have a fixation. Expect a long wait, especially around dinner time.
Kura Revolving Sushi Bar
The conveyor belt sushi at Kura Revolving Sushi Bar is so much more than just a meal – it’s an experience. While I’d agree that we are not talking about the best sushi available, the social experience of dining here with friends is a not-to-be-missed opportunity. At peak time, the wait for a table can be as long as 2.5 hours, so plan accordingly.
If you’re looking for an exceptional dining experience, Hitokuchi is the place to go. The menu features a selection of small plate Japanese cuisine – each dish expertly prepared and presented beautifully. I recommend sitting at the sushi bar where you can see the chefs preparing dishes. The fish (from Japan’s Toyosu Fish Market) is incredibly fresh and they have sake pairings to enhance the entire experience.
Cross Street Chicken and Beer
With a location on Convoy Street and a second in Del Mar, Cross Street Chicken and Beer is known for its tasty Korean fried chicken. With flavors varying from soy-garlic, garlic parmesan, thai chili, original, and salt ‘n pepper, there is bound to be one that you will love. While you are there, don’t miss out on their craft beer and artisan cocktails .
For your sweet tooth cravings, visit UP2You Cafe. Honey toast, crepe cakes, and waffles take centerstage on their menu, with all the sweetness and decadence that you could want. They also have a large selection of tea, coffee, and boba. You will quite easily want “one of each”.
MNGO Cafe is a dessert restaurant that specializes in kakigori (Japanese snow ice), creme brulee, sago, trio custard dip, and other delicious Asian fusion desserts and drinks. One thing is for sure, they have some of the sweetest mangos in San Diego – and menu that has something for everyone looking to satisfy their sweet tooth cravings.
Koon Thai Kitchen
Koon Thai is a great option when looking for Thai food. The menu features a full selection of authentic Thai dishes. The ambiance is warm and inviting, and the service is impeccable. This restaurant is a must-visit if you are looking for a taste of Thailand’s culinary brilliance. The signature dish is a whole fish, and makes for a fantastic presentation and tasty dish.
NICE 2 MEET U CHUAN CHUAN HOT POT
Nice 2 Meet U specializes in classic Chinese chuan chuan hot pot. The signature dishes are skewers of food cooked in a broth of your choice. You can ready my full review of Nice 2 Meet U here.
With so many authentic Asian restaurants on Convoy Street to choose from, it was difficult to come up with my favorite restaurants on Convoy Street you ought to try out!
If I didn’t mention one that sounds appealing to you, here are some of my other favorite authentic Asian restaurants on Convoy Street:
- Cake de Partie (dessert)
- SongHak (KBBQ)
- Wa Dining Okan (Japanese)
- SomiSomi (Dessert)
- Pelicana Chicken (Korean fried chicken)
- Tajima Ramen (see my reviews on San Diego’s best ramen)
- Facing East (Asian fusion)
- Chaba Thai Kitchen (Thai)
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