Animae

San Diego
Asian Restaurant
$$$$

Animae is an interpretation by Puffer Malarkey Collective of West Coast Asian cuisine. A formal, seductive atmosphere sets the stage for highly theatrical dining on the ground floor of Pacific Gate by Bosa, Downtown San Diego’s newest ultra-luxury condominiums.

Available for Reservations
Monday
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Featured In

Slip into one of the opulent banquettes in Brian Malarkey’s latest venture, Animae. Under the helm of acclaimed executive chef Tara Monsod, Animae’s menu has a lighter, more Southeast Asian-focused menu. Sip a Blood Moon Rising (pink peppercorn gin, gentian amaro, blood orange, lemon egg white) alongside savory Caviar Shrimp Toast or Tuna Crispy Rice. Then explore the sake menu while you indulge in A5 Wagyu, Shanghai Crab Noodles with snap peas, garlic chili butter, and cilantro, or Kare Kare Short Ribs with long beans and eggplant.
How to book: Reservations are recommended and can be made online. Walk-ins are accepted if seating is available.

Read The Full Article
Read The Full Article

Animae, the latest endeavor from the Puffer Malarkey Collective, is the ideal destination for an elevated holiday event or celebration. Now under the helm of acclaimed chef Tara Monsod, Animae has a lighter, more Southeast Asian-focused menu. The stunning dining room is inspired by the ancient forest of Yakushima Island, with lush moss green velvet banquettes and heavy drapery sheltering dining nooks along the wall, while playful lighting provides flattering illumination. Parties of up to 12 can be accommodated, and Animae’s casual counterpart, NIMA Café, is available for larger groups who require private dining. The polar opposite of the over-the-top opulence of Animae, NIMA Café showcases sweeping city views and a sleek, modern vibe with plenty of lush greenery. Custom-tailored menus and specially curated wine pairings are also available.
How to book: Tables for groups up to 12 can be reserved via OpenTable. Book larger parties online or by calling 619-432-1225.

Read The Full Article
Read The Full Article

Animae may be widely known as a steakhouse with Asian fusion, but under the direction of Filipino-American executive chef Tara Monsod, the restaurant delivers a few select dishes from Monsod’s culture with delicious results. Her scallop crudo incorporating calamansi, a lemon-lime-like citrus used throughout the Philippines, is a standout. Also worth ordering are the kare-kare short ribs with bagoong, a fermented shrimp paste, which delivers a hit of umami in the dish.
How to book: Make reservations online.

Read The Full Article
Read The Full Article
Monday
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

More From Thrillist