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Jasmine (San Diego CA)
||4609A Convoy Street,|
San Diego, CA 92111
Reviewed by: Jacqueline M. Newman
Spring Volume: 2007 Issue: 14(1) page: 25 and 31
While in San Diego, a tourist book touts Blue Ginger in the Gas Lamp District of this city. It says it features 'forbidden dishes'...and...'Blue Ginger tea.' We wonder what tea is this. A friend says 'not much' so we read on and eat elsewhere trying the 2005 San Diego Restaurant Association Gold Medallion Award winner in the Best Asian Casual Dining category. Hong Kong style, it is in business more than a dozen years and we never knew about it.
Once there, their wonderful dim sum comes around on carts and we enjoy so many of them. Dinners include fine seafood, especially on week-ends. Huge during the day, this cavernous place transforms itself into small dining rooms at dinner-time.
At lunch, our dim sum means delightful dumplings and delicious Steamed Spare Ribs, Baked B.B.Q. Pork Bun, Sui Mai, and Chicken Feet w/Black Bean Sauce. We indulge and also delight in their Scallop and Shrimp Dumplings, Pork Shark's Fin Dumplings, Fried Seaweed Roll, Deep Fried Stuffed Crab Claw, Medlar Coconut Pudding, and a large assortment of other goodies.
A Chinese friend adores dinner and banquets here. Another says not to miss their Rock Cod Filet, Braised Abalone with Fish Maws, and if flush, their Braised Shark's Fin with Shredded Chicken. The banquet menu fascinates. It is tri-lingual with Vietnamese transliterations along with Chinese and English. Never mind language, foods here make the mouth water and the mind recognize why this place is also called: 'The Seafood Restaurant of San Diego.'