Tucked away in a residential area high on top of Mount Soledad lies a quaint hidden gem: Turmeric Thai Kitchen. Named after the peppery yellow spice that’s found in curry, the restaurant has already gained a loyal following despite having only been a part of the community since 2014. With favorites like Pad Thai, yellow curry, pineapple fried rice, and chili lime sea bass on the menu, Turmeric offers fresh and flavorful dishes at an affordable price in a modern, comfortable setting.
Turmeric truly has its own stake of land in La Jolla – they’re the only restaurant actually on Mt. Soledad! They’ve recently expanded from their original location just outside the gated community of Windemere; a brand new section with an outdoor patio and plenty of space is now open across the street. They’re tucked away in a small plaza, so you may have to pull out the GPS to find this one – but you won’t be disappointed once you do.
Other menu items include chicken satay, Panang curry, pad see-ew, and mango with sticky rice, just to name a few. A local favorite is the Crying Tiger; sliced marinated rib steak grilled to your liking, served with Thai salsa, fresh vegetables, and sticky rice. They have something for every type of palate, though – they have plenty of vegetarian options, like tofu spring rolls, Tom Yum and Tom Kha soup, and a delicious papaya salad. You can get virtually any noodle dish with tofu instead of chicken or beef, and there are plenty of seafood choices. If you’re a spice lover and ask for more heat, they won’t skimp on the extra peppers! They also provide four different sauces (each with their own bit of spice) to add if you really want to treat your taste buds.
The restaurant employs a BYOB policy regarding alcoholic beverages, so feel free to supply your own bottle of wine or beer; they do charge a minimal corking fee for both.
Turmeric Thai Kitchen is located at 6435 Caminito Blythefield, Suite G, in La Jolla. They are open for lunch (11am- 2pm) on Monday through Saturday as well as dinner (4pm-9pm). On Sundays they are only open for dinner (4pm- 9pm). They also provide takeout, so do call ahead if you’d like it to-go.
[photos courtesy of yelp.com]
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