Restaurant Review: Third Avenue in downtown Chula Vista (nowadays also known as the West side) is extremely underrated. The storefronts are quaint and this area reminds you of a cross between the Wild West and small town Main Street America.
The facade of this week’s restaurant still has the old German wooden beams, hearking back to about a generation ago when many German immigrants settled in these parts. After the Naturalization and Immigration Act of 1965, many more Asians were allowed to come to California and attain citizenship. Mea Kwan: Thai Cuisine with its German facade and Thai ownership is a quintessential example of the ever changing tide of ethnic enclaves in America.
I remember when this place used to serve Schnitzel. Mea Kwan still serves beer, but it’s Singha and Chang nowadays. A regal crown decorates the space as well as kick boxer statuettes. The green, sometimes ripped, vinyl booths and wood paneled walls still remain.
Choo Chi: Fresh catch of the day braised in choo-chi curry reduction sauce, sprinkled with kaffir lime leaves; and
Three-flavors Fish: Fresh catch of the day, lightly battered, generously topped with special three-flavors sauce with pineapple, tomatoes, onions, and basil.
Crispy Duck: House special half-duck marinated in deletable Thai herbs and spice, grilled to perfection.
Great For Vegetarians
You can choose veggie or any kind of chicken, shrimp or even calamari for their soup, noodle and rice dishes. For soups they have Tom Yum: the famous spicy and sour soups with kafir lime leaves, lemon grass, glanced, mustard chili paste, tomatoes, and mushrooms, garnished with fresh cilantro and scallions.
Or Tom Kha: Thai famous coconut milk soup with galangals, kaffir lime leaves, lemon grass, and mushroom garnished with fresh cilantro and scallions.
They have an entire page of Fried Rice and Noodles that you can order with only veggies or tofu. They’ve also got a nice selection of red, green, yellow curries as well as Panang Curry: Bell peppers and kaffir lime leaves in panang curry sauce.
Although I’ll take a little rustic on the West side over something more upscale, for those of you who want the same great menu on the East side of Chula Vista, Mea Kwan has a second location in Eastlake.
Address: 230 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Second Location: 2326 Proctor Valley Rd., Ste. 104
Prices: Main dishes go from $8.95 to $15.95.