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San Diego Uptown News | Aug. 5–18, 2011


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The restaurant’s signature color appears in the new Pink Noodle dish. Photography by Frank Sabatini Jr.


Noodle nirvana leaves patrons on a pink cloud


Thinking Pink PINK NOODLE


406 University Ave., 92103 (Hillcrest) (619) 298-2929 Prices: Soups and appetizers, $5.95 to $8.95; entrées, $8.95 to $12.95


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gnore the sign for Kitima Thai Cuisine hovering above the res- taurant’s new white and hot-pink awning. It will inevitably come down now that the owners have performed cosmetic surgery by giving the venue a sassy new identity and changing 50 percent of its menu. Enter Pink Noodle, owned by


Kitty Bushyakanist and business partner Adam Caughron. The duo felt it was time for a change and, with pink being Bushy- akanist’s favorite color, the new concept was born. “This was a perfect idea for


the gay community of Hillcrest, and it’s been my dream to try this,” said Bushyakanist, Kitima’s founder, who also operates Kitima Extraordinary Thai in La Jolla, another establishment she’s considering converting into Pink Noodle. On University Avenue, the space is now adorned with Bushyakanist’s hand-painted tables and a collection of framed, embellished greeting cards hang- ing prettily throughout the dining room. The mostly white walls are surprised by splashes of vibrant pink, also splattered on handrails leading to a refreshed second- level dining area. Compared to Kitima’s dark, earthy tones, Pink Noodle gives the impression of a light summer breeze. Visiting with a lunch cohort,


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Sauces and chilies are served on the side.


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