Great new Asian fusion restaurant
Great new Asian fusion restaurant on the Southern end of the Gaslamp District near the ballpark. We've eaten there five times now and each time has been outstanding. Check it out!
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious creative menu
Came here twice. Once with a group and once with a couple of friends. With the group we let the waitress pick and wow us with appetizers and entrees to share with the group of 10 so got to taste most of the food on the menu. Deliciously cooked foods and creative flavors could be considered as a modern Asian cuisine with fusion with other influences. Shrimp, whole fish, duck, summer rolls, crispy rice, fire crackers were highlights. Dessert was ok. Highly recommend, and recommend sharing your dishes.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the variety of unique dishes. Appetizers were great. Crusted ahi was delicious. The Salmon and the beef entrees were wonderful. Can't wait to go back. Prices are reasonable. Great service.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious and fun in the Gaslamp
We had a great time at Gang Kitchen. The food was delicious (don't miss the edamame wontons with truffle sauce or the grilled Shanghai beef), drinks were great and the atmosphere was hip and lively. Everything is family style so it good to go with a group so you can try more things. Service was a little spotty - but easily forgiven in the fun atmosphere. We had a great time and would definitely go back.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was there with my gf and another couple.. Everything was very good..
We had the edamane wonton! so delicious., also the spicy tuna and seabass for entree were spectacular.. The place have a great design and put you in a good mood right away..
Definitely we needed it a place like this in downtown.,
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Compare, Compare, Compare
The appetizers looked so good I decided to go for an tapas experience at Gang Kitchen.2 of the appetizers were just like 2 at my other favorite restaurants in San Diego .. The Edamame Wontons were just like the Edamame Dumplings at True Foods--both of them "smooshy" w/Truffle Oil. What I would like is an Edamame Wonton that's crunchy inside (chopped Edamame rather than pureed) . Another, the Spicy Tuna with Crispy Rice was better than Burlap's Spicy Tuna-Crispy Rice -- Gang Restaurant had "real" tuna instead of albacore, and the wasabi oil was better than a hot pepper on top. For Drinks, I couldn't decide between the Asian Tonic (yum) or Ginger Beer Mule (glass, sans copper cup) so I ordered both. The Chcolate Tofu Cheesecake is yumsicle.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
New York meets San Diego
I'm a San Diego native currently living in Orange County so when I had to attend a conference downtown I was looking forward to spending some quality time exploring my favorite city for the weekend. There are so many places to consider dining and when I came across this place, I knew I had to give it a try. I had some friends come down from RSF and San Clemente to meet me for dinner and we had the best experience at this place! Everything we ordered was flavorful and delicious! The restaurant space reminds me of a warehouse restaurant you'd see in the meat packing district in NYC. I highly recommend and look forward to my next visit!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
San Diego needed this
The appetizers alone are memorable. Creative ways of making potstickers, spring rolls, won tons. The entrees are also good -- I had the pork belly pad thai and tasted the shanghai beef. Both delicious.
Good service, friendly servers.
The music was of unknown genre but the volume made up for it.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and good service
Our dinner experience was very good, our attendant was kind to offer us a menu walkthrough to make us more comfortable when she took our order. The ambient was too dark but it did not matter. Definitely We will come back.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is some of the best Asian food I've had! I went with a group and everyone felt the same. The menu is very innovative and there are many great flavors brought together. There is a unique style to this food and it is excellent. The service was also excellent! I will definitely eat here again each time I visit!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Asian Fusion Food & Fun Environment
I dined here with a party of 9 and the service was great! They even offered to split the checks for us at the end of dinner. The dishes are meant to be shared as a table or in smaller groups. Everything we tried was delicious and there were quite a few vegetarian and fish options. The environment was modern and somewhat industrial, very large open space and high windows. Overall our party was pleased. :)
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food, Great Service
Took 9 Japanese coworker's for dinner. Slow night (Labor Day) so didn't experience the bar scene but good casual Asian-Fusion place and the service was great.
9/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great fusion asian
Had a great meal with the family including kids 10-13. It was a little early so we were the only ones in the dining room. The bar like it had a good happy hour scene going. The food was excellent and the server was great about answering question about heat levels for food for the kids.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great addiiton
The owners of Basic and URBN have added another new kid to the team! Gang Kitchen has a super friendly staff and the food was great. Excellent wine selection (thanks for having Rose on your list) and quality specialty cocktails.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had great food & great
We had great food & great service with Farrah.
The crispy rice appetizer is a must. The food overall was good- light & not so greasy.
Hope this place stays around.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The word "inventive" may be
The word "inventive" may be grossly overused in description of restaurants; however, it is appropriate for Gang Kitchen. As with CraigJimenez's previous endeavors, the ability to twist menu staples into a refreshing discovery (how do you make edamame unique and delicious!?) is the mark of a special gift.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
went with friends
We've been to Gang Kitchen twice. Once as a couple and once with our firends. Both times it was super. Our waitress coincidentally was the same each time and actuially remembered us. Made super recommendations ... Unusual food as it is an Asian-fusian sort of menu. Highly recommended.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Niceplace, interesting menu.
Took a group of 8 to Gang Kitchen to celebrate my wife's birthday. We got there a few minutes early and had a couple of drinks at the bar. The servers were a bit inattentive and it too a long to get drinks compared to the modest crowd. Decor was the definition of Asian fusion, the panda/pop-culture murals were a noted hit in the modern industrial with Asian flair design. Appetizers were great, the edemame and firecracker rolls we the star. Our entrees arrived quite a bit staggered, but since the portions were intended to be shared family style it wasn't a big deal. Pad Thai and Drunken noodles did not fail to satisfy while our server was attentive to our drinks. We enjoyed Gang Kitchen and will be back! Dessert too next time.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hip, Urban Asian Fusion
Enjoyed this place very much, was recommended by a friend. Ambiance is very hip and contemporary, food was just as good, highly recommended, you won't be disappointed. Guys fyi this is a girls night out hot spot, the ratio must have been 80-20. Centrally located, great spot to grab a bite and some drinks then get your night started. Service was accommodating and friendly.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very, very nice restaurant
This is a very, very nice restaurant, it is often quite busy and energetic. The dishes are great, kind of "pan Asian fusion", extremely well done (prepared), and the sauces excellently compliment the cooking. It has lots of smaller dishes that are good for sharing so you can easily get a taste of "everything".The service is great even when they are busy. The collection of sake is very good. Alltogether highly recommended!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect for a last minute group!
I needed to find a restaurant for a group of 6 at the last minute one evening, and went on to Open Table to see what I could find. Gang Kitchen was absolutely perfect! We had a U-shaped table so we could all talk, and although there was a lot going on in the restaurant, we could all hear perfectly. Our server was lovely and patient with us when we had no idea what we wanted after quite a while, and the food was delicious!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
delicious asian fusion
Great food but noisy. The only reason I'm deducting a star is because the music started bumping at 8 and made it difficult to hear...not super romantic...and made me think I needed to bust out some glo sticks and start dancing.
BUT the food was great. Loved everything we tried...and you can just order a bunch of the apps to kind of make it tapas style. My favorites were the papaya salad and pork belly tacos. The service was great and I liked the decor...the music was just too much for me...but probably wouldn't stop me from returning.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant was featured in the in room hotel guide for San Diego. I tried the suggested dish, Baby Kale salad on quinoa and the Sweet Potato and Avocado spring rolls. with habanero/tomatillo sauce. Both were superb! I also saw several other items that I would like to try as we'll, on another trip to San Diego.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, but too much salt
I enjoyed my visit to Gang Kitchen. Good food, good location, excellent service and a hip vibe. I also liked the fact that it's not too brightly lit.
On the topic of food, it was very good but not excellent. Everything tasted way too salty to me. I asked them to reduce the salt in my Chicken Firecracker Rolls, and they couldn't because "they're pre-made". Also, it's somewhat pricey for their small plates.
I had one mixed drink (forget the name) and it seemed to be trying too hard. Lots of diverse ingredients, but they didn't fit together in a harmonious way.
I do recommend Gang Kitchen. I spent $85 on dinner for 2 with drinks and I didn't feel like I got a lot of bang for my buck. But the food was good overall.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM