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The buzz: Southeast Asian flavors from the folks behind Oceanside’s Dija Mara.
The food: Traditional tastes of Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Thailand abound at this brand new addition to the North Park food scene. Start with a Sri Lankan coconut roti and smoky eggplant to dip, an imperial roll stuffed with wood ear mushrooms and duck confit; peanut, tamarind, and lemongrass-laced oyster mushrooms; or ribeye Phuket au poivre. Larger plates include a palm sugar-glazed brisket or Hanoi-style fried black cod in turmeric and summery herbs of dill, lovage, and dandelion. Cocktails add zing with complimentary flavors as well, think lychee, mango, lime, Thai basil, and chili, or a refreshing “gintail”—they make a mean Singapore Sling.
The cost: Starters and shareables run $13-18, entrees are $14-38. Cocktails are $11-13, drafts cost $8-9.