Saffron Thai opens new location in La Jolla
by DAVE SCHWAB
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Some of the Saffron Thai menu items available are Thai grilled chicken, to stir fries, salad rolls and curry wraps.
Some of the Saffron Thai menu items available are Thai grilled chicken, to stir fries, salad rolls and curry wraps.
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After 33 years in Mission Hills, Saffron Thai now has a second La Jolla location.

Inhabiting a retail space that formerly was a Chipotle at 1055 Torrey Pines Road, this latest eatery by company founder and now-consultant Su-Mei Yu, features more than 2,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor dining space.

Guests can enjoy all of their favorite Saffron dishes including Su-Mei's famous salad rolls, Thai grilled chicken, stir fries, noodle soups and flavorful curries, plus several new selections like beach-friendly curry wraps. 

The menu continues to emphasize Su-Mei's philosophy of "food for the mind, body and soul,” with a wide range of healthy choices, most of which are available gluten free and/or vegetarian, all under $13.50.

“We opened in October of last year,” noted Saffron publicist Lorena Whiteside, adding the new restaurant is “more the casual affordable type.”

La Jolla Saffron Thai is breaking fresh ground.

“Our curries are available every day instead of just on certain days,” said Whiteside, adding Saffron’s latest menu entree, the curry wrap, “comes wrapped inside a tortilla with rice and chutney, which is kind of fun.”

The La Jolla expansion comes nearly two years after Yu joined forces with San Diego hospitality firm Karina’s Group, which manages popular dining establishments like Karina’s Mexican Seafood, Savoie Italian Eatery and Karina’s Ceviches & More.

Karina’s Group contributed their design and operational expertise, along with the capital needed, to create the new Saffron revamping its look. 

The La Jolla space underwent a significant facelift under the guidance of Karina’s Group’s David Contreras Curiel. The result is a welcoming and bright eatery where guests can enjoy a casual meal or conveniently order/pickup food to-go.

“Saffron has been such an on-going success story that we wanted to share it with other parts of San Diego, and La Jolla was a natural choice,” Curiel says. “The new space is large enough to accommodate a good number of guests, but small enough that we can maintain the high quality of food, service and environment customers expect.”

Su-Mei Yu, a long-time La Jollan, is thrilled with the opening of the new location. "I'm so excited to finally be able to expand Saffron with the help of Karina's Group," she said. "The new restaurant beautifully encompasses the essence of my original creation while offering the same high quality, healthy and flavorful fare our customers have enjoyed for more than 33 years on India Street."

Saffron Thai La Jolla

Where: 1055 Torrey Pines Road.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Info: 858-263-4324 .
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