clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Animae Restaurant Adds Casual Asian Cafe

NIMA Cafe debuts next to the Brian Malarkey-backed hotspot

Mirroring the smart pairing of Herb & Wood with its casual companion Herb & Eatery, downtown’s flashy new Animae Restaurant has unveiled an adjacent daytime-focused spot in the Pacific Gate by Bosa building. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and also available for private events, NIMA Café is geared for both dine-in and grab-and-go service at breakfast and lunch.

The high-ceilinged space, also designed with Bells & Whistles, evokes a giant terrarium, with sweeping glass windows and tendrils of greenery dripping from the ceiling. Its menu, by executive chef/partner Joe Magnanelli, reflects a wide swath of Asian cuisines. Breakfast offers homemade spam and egg musubi and Japanese egg omelet sandwiches with American cheese and miso mayonnaise as well a selection of Asian-inspired pastries from executive pastry chef Adrian Mendoza that includes matcha croissants, pork sung buns, peanut butter togarashi cookies, and yuzu morning buns. Lunch ranges from a duck grain bowl and a miso chicken salad to a banh mi sandwich with duck liver pate, a variety of fresh spring rolls, warm and savory rice porridge, and a pour-over ramen with housemade noodles, soft egg, ham hock, and bok choy. Beverages include coconut matcha smoothies, lemongrass gin and tonics, pineapple sencha iced tea, and the full gamut of coffee drinks.

Chris Costa
Chris Costa
Chris Costa

NIMA Cafe

969 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92132
Eater Inside

North Park’s Newest Bottle Shop Is an Oasis of Hard-to-Find Gin and Natural Wine

Coming Attractions

Malibu Icon Gladstone’s Restaurant Added to Seaport Village Lineup

Michelin

Michelin Honors ‘New Culinary Gems’ in San Diego Ahead of the California Guide

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Eater San Diego newsletter

The freshest news from the local food world