Saffron Thai Opens In La Jolla

Saffron Thai La Jolla
Saffron Thai La Jolla (courtesy photo)

Saffron Thai has opened a second location in La Jolla just over 33 years after chef Su-Mei Yu established the restaurant’s original outpost on India Street in San Diego’s Mission Hills neighborhood. The new Saffron at 1055 Torrey Pines Road, near the heart of downtown La Jolla, features over 2,000 square feet of inviting indoor and outdoor dining. 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, and all under $13.50.

The expansion comes almost 2 years after Yu joined forces with San Diego hospitality firm Karina’s Group. Also successful veteran restaurateurs with popular dining establishments like Karina’s Mexican Seafood, Savoie Italian Eatery and Karina’s Ceviches & More, Karina’s Group has contributed their design and operational expertise along with the capital needed to create the new Saffron and revamp the look of the original location. The La Jolla space, which previously housed Chipotle, 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 Thai La Jolla
Saffron Thai La Jolla (courtesy photo)

“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 Jolla resident, 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,” says Yu. “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 over 33 years on India Street.”

Saffron Thai La Jolla is currently open daily from 11am to 9pm at 1055 Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 92037. Hours will extend to 10pm daily in early 2019. Customers can call the restaurant at (858) 263-4324 for additional information or to place takeout orders.

About Saffron Thai

Saffron uses the freshest ingredients, using items based on the season, making sauces and broths from scratch, and hand preparing everything daily. The result is an award-winning menu that is both affordable and nutritious. Opened in 1985 by notable chef, cookbook author and television personality Su-Mei Yu, Saffron was San Diego’s first Thai restaurant. Yu’s unique approach of using healthy Thai cooking techniques to create delicious dishes that nurture the mind, body and soul have earned her national acclaim and a loyal customer following at Saffron. As one of San Diego’s most loved culinary figures, Su-Mei is also an accomplished cooking instructor, Emmy nominated television host and award-winning writer. For more information, please visit SaffronThai [dot] com.

About Karina’s Group

In 1981, Arnulfo Contreras and his wife, Maria Ines Curiel, opened a small but ambitious restaurant in Spring Valley in the hope of providing a better life for their six children. Named for their eldest daughter Karina, this location closed when the family chose to expand the brand into a San Diego County-spanning group that now encompasses numerous Karina’s Mexican Seafood locations, Karina’s Taco Shop and the soon-to-open Karina’s Ceviches & More. An insistence upon on-target authenticity guides Karina’s restaurants daily, with a clientele willing to wait in line to enjoy their expansive menu of popular Mexican seafood specialties. Karina’s Group also includes Savoie Eatery in Otay Ranch Town Center and Su-Mei Yu’s iconic Saffron Thai in Mission Hills. For further information about Karina’s Group, please visit KarinasGroup [dot] com.