Together with friends we have begun exploring the many small ethnic restaurants here in the Valley. To date we have had wonderful dinners at a Cambodian and a Pakistani restaurant but we want to look further. Obviously we are not going to Mexican/Chinese/Italian because these cuisines are wonderful but all to mundane.
So, does anyone have recommendations?
There are many choices, but one place to start is at Mekong Plaza, a mall in west Mesa that focuses on customers of southeast Asian origin. The full service restaurants there are generally good at offering familiar Vietnamese and Thai fare, but if you want to dig deeper, explore the food court. You'll find three high-quality places there servings lesser known cuisines:
Kong Fu Gyoza -- Chinese, but not the usual stir-fry dishes. Lots of emphasis on street foods with good gyoza, dandan noodles, and other specialties.
Hue Gourmet -- The food of central Vietnam. Bold soups beyond pho, mini rice cakes with shrimp, dishes you won't see at most Vietnamese restaurants
Wholly Grill -- Filipino food, a cuisine that doesn't get much love among non-Filipinos. Try the specials each day.