Animae in San Diego
Animae is the best restaurant I've eaten at this year. The food was outstanding! We started with two non-alcoholic calamansi collins. These were delicious. It was fizzy, slightly sweet and sour. A calamansi is a citrus hybrid, more common in the Philippines than the U.S. For a starter, we split the lechon kawali. This is roast pork bites and figs on a vinegary apple sauce. I thought it was a very original dish. The fruit and vinegar complemented the fatty pork very well.
For main courses, I had the chicken inasal. This was a nice BBQ chicken on turmeric rice with pickled vegetables. My friends had scallop crispy noodles and the branzino. I didn't get a bite. 😐😐The portions were a nice size and everyone was very happy.
For dessert, we had the matcha crepes with a strawberry sauce. This was a big portion and was amazing! It was rich and not overly sweet.
This is a very pretty restaurant. The cuisine is Filipino-inspired with a nice selection of American-style steaks and Japanese wagyu steaks. The decor is old Hollywood with some Asian touches. It is very elegant with a lot of black with gold accents. It is on Pacific Highway and there is construction across the street. We easily found on-street parking.