- Cuisines: Californian, International, Fusion
What do Morocco, Lebanon, India, China, Iran, Iraq, and San Diego all have in common? They're all intersected by the same latitude -- the 33rd parallel. Bringing together the unique flavors of those far-flung locales is the inspired idea behind Parallel 33, located in the upscale neighborhood of Mission Hills. The menu leaps enthusiastically from fragrant Moroccan lamb tajin to Goan shrimp curry. The ahi poke (raw tuna) appetizer fuses a Hawaiian mainstay with Asian pear, mango, and Japanese wasabi. The decor is a hodgepodge, too: a touch of Hindu, a dash of Islam, a little bit of Buddhism -- all contemporized by cement floors and iron accents. Next door is the restaurant's intimate, very chill lounge, Blue Lotus, which serves food from the same menu.
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- Highly Recommended 2009
- Highly Recommended 2010