Friday, May 18, 2012

Convoy Tofu House

Panchan!  We love panchan!

Hot pot bibimbap.

Dumpling and rice cake stew (Miko's favorite!)

Dumpling soft tofu stew (Jenne's favorite!)

Kimchi sausage soft tofu stew.

Rating: Two thumbs up (+ up from Elise and sideways from Laura)
Date: 5/18/12
Time in: 7:05 PM
Servers' recommendations: Tofu stew, beef ribs, bulgogi chicken/pork
What we ordered: Dumpling soft tofu stew - mild (Jenne), dumpling & rice cake soup (Miko), kimchi sausage soft tofu stew -- very spicy (Elise), hot pot bibimbap (Laura)
Number in our party: 4Final check amount: $41
  • Although we didn't order it, the curry soft tofu stew is one of our favorite dishes in all of San Diego.  It's delicious and comforting, and we crave it whenever it gets cold.  (Well, cold for San Diego.)
  • Actually, all the tofu stews are quite delicious.
  • The dumpling and rice cake soup is also yummy.  It's a little on the blander side, but it's exactly what I want when I feel like I'm about to get sick.  (Miko)
  • The rice is excellent.
Address: 4229 Convoy St
Phone number: 858.573.2511
Accepts credit cards? Yes
Very crowded lot
Ideal group size:
Available vegetarian options: Vegetable soft tofu stew, soybean soft tofu stew, fried rice
Noise level: 4

Friday, May 4, 2012

Thai House

It's very pink in here -- so much so that I had to color-correct all the food photos!

"Mild" curry with mixed seafood.  The squid was very tender and flavorful.

"Spicy" noodles which were exactly as spicy as the curry was mild -- e.g. not very. 
Both were entirely medium-spicy.
The chicken was also tender and flavorful, but the dish was kind of bland overall.

I (Jenne) had to get Thai iced coffee for old times' sake --
I used to come here with my parents years ago and always ordered it.
Rating: Two thumbs up
Date: 5/4/12
Time in: 2:17 PM
Time in: 3:00 PM
Servers' recommendations: Evergreen, Spicy Noodle
What we ordered: Spicy Noodle (with chicken), Choochi Curry (with seafood) 
Number in our party: 2
Final check amount: $17.14
  • The food is simple and not fancy -- the vegetables in the curry are the cubed, frozen kind, which is actually better than the big crinkle-cut carrots that are always in the curry at other Thai restaurants. The seafood is surprisingly good -- soft and flavorful.
  • I (Miko) like the noodles, but Jenne finds them a bit one-dimensional.  Thai noodle dishes are usually a lovely combination of sweet, spicy, salty, and sour.  This is only salty and spicy.
  • The staff is very nice.
  • The decor is very late 80s/early 90s. The color scheme reminds us of our 80stastic library -- teal and mauve. Hideous, yet nostalgic and strangely comforting.
Address: 4225 Convoy St
Phone number: 858.278.1800
Accepts credit cards? Yes
Crowded lot with itty-bitty spaces
Ideal group size:
Available vegetarian options: Evergreen was recommended, but anything on the menu can be vegetarian.
Noise level: 2.5