From the funky to the traditional, the Asian food scene in Santa Cruz will satisfy anyone's aesthetics. One of the constants, though, is excellent food, whether it's fresh sashimi or spicy Kung Pao chicken. Here are the Top 10 Asian restaurants in Surf City. Shogun Japanese Restaurant takes the top spot because it is the most consistently good Asian cuisine in Santa Cruz. Whether you're looking for a light lunch, a warming bowl of Udon, or a dinner of Nigiri after Maki after Tempura, Shogun delivers. Fresh ingredients are the heart and soul of this downtown establishment. The service is friendly and unobtrusive, the atmosphere mellow and even romantic. For your money, Shogun is the best Asian restaurant in Santa Cruz and the Number 1 pick. Malabar (Number 4) might not be everyone's cup of tea seeing as it's a vegetarian restaurant, but if you can go one meal without meat, this is the place to try. The Sri Lankan cuisine is bold and inventive, exhibiting flavors you never knew existed. Also one of the more romantic restaurants in town. Sabieng Thai Cuisine (Number 9) hardly advertizes, and for good reason. It has built an outstanding reputation as the best Thai food in Santa Cruz. Bringing the spices and aromas of Thailand is no easy task, yet Sabieng achieves this and more with its huge menu, each item perhaps more flavorful than the last. There's little chance Sabieng will disappoint even the most discerning diner. There seems to be a saturation of Asian restaurants in Santa Cruz, some far better than most. Avoid the Asian restaurants on Ocean Ave. The quality just isn't comparable to those elsewhere.
2316 Mission St
Where Calif. 1 turns into Mission St