With spring quarter ending last week at UCSD, its recently-opened Chinese cafe is planning to pivot for the summer season to offer you a new menu aimed at bringing in diners from encompassing spots. Enthusiast-Lover, which landed in April at the freshly-built Sixth College or university, is the 3rd region restaurant for proprietors Tony Wu and Lijun Liu, who also run Flavor of Hunan and the rapidly-casual Outrageous Duck.
Buoyed by UCSD’s significant population of Asian learners, the 3,000-square-foot restaurant was an immediate strike, with 1,000 students and personnel lining up day by day for Fan-Fan’s cafeteria-design menu, which ranges from sesame hen and beef with broccoli to Hunan spicy stir-fried pork and steamed fish with chopped chili peppers. There’s also a late-night time menu, featuring dishes like pungent tofu, congee, and mini very hot pots.
Liu, an alumni of the Rady School of Administration, tells Eater that he and Wu want to use this summer season to outreach to the nearby group past campus. From June 25 to August 28, the restaurant will run a specific festival spotlighting popular summertime snacks from during China, centering all over 3 types of crawfish together with spicy Chansha crawfish seasoned with about 20 spices plus chili peppers, do-it-yourself sesame oil, ginger, onion and garlic. Regional road food items will also be served all over the summer months, from grilled oysters and roasted pig ft to spicy squid skewers and Guilin noodles with beef and pickled extended beans.