Saiko Sushi Owner To Open Traditional Thai Restaurant Concept In Partnership With Former Sab E Lee Chef

September 8, 2020

The owner of San Diego's Saiko Sushi, which has locations in North Park & Coronado, recently teamed up with a former chef from the Original Sab E Lee to open Sovereign, a traditional Thai restaurant opening this fall in the East Village.

Sushi chef Anthony Pascale opened the original Saiko Sushi in Coronado in 2011 and launched a second outpost in San Diego's North Park in 2014. He recently teamed up with Chef Uthan Dejcomrunkul, who previously cooked at the Original Sab E Lee and Thai Papaya restaurants for the past 4 years. The duo will soon open Sovereign in the base floor unit that previously housed Made In Kitchen near East Village's Fault Line Park.

"We are really excited to bring traditional Isan cooking to the East Village," wrote Sovereign co-owner and founder of Saiko Sushi Anthony Pascale.  We've had our eye on this neighborhood for a long time and can't wait to join the community."

Sovereign will be a modern Thai restaurant with a menu centered around traditional Isan food, which uses fresh ingredients like chili peppers, lime, peanuts, dried shrimp, fresh fruits and vegetables, sticky rice, cilantro, mint, and other fresh herbs to create complex flavor combinations. The eatery will have a large outdoor patio and 2,100 square-foot interior dining area. Chef Uthan will lead the kitchen. Sovereign will also have a menu of local beer and wine. 

Sovereign is expected to open mid-to-late October at 1460 J Street in San Diego's East Village. For more information, visit the restaurant's Facebook page