Santa Barbara’s Tyger Tyger – the Funk Zone’s favorite Asian-inspired cafe Re-Open Thursday, November 17
The Lively Neighborhood Cafe Returns with a Bold New Menu
by Chef Trevor Laymance and Consulting Chef Jasmine Shimoda
Acme Hospitality announces the relaunch of Tyger Tyger, the Funk Zone’s favorite Asian-inspired cafe. Opening on Thursday, November 17, 2022, Tyger Tyger is located at 121 E. Yanonali Street, on the major east-west thoroughfare in the heart of the arts and entertainment district affectionately known as The Funk Zone.
Passersby can easily spot the restaurant by its iconic black and white tiger mural by local artist Tom Stanley, spanning two sides of the building.
The original Tyger Tyger opened in 2018 and quickly became the hot spot in the Funk Zone. The bright colors, energetic vibe, and focused Southeast Asian casual menu resonated with the community near and wide and the Instagrammable food and ambiance were instantly embraced. Unfortunately, the pandemic forced the restaurant to close, and the concept was placed on hold.
The strategic location became ideal as a test kitchen to give Acme Hospitality chefs a place to experiment with new menus, concepts and pop-ups. But the question eventually arose: What if we take the very best flavors of the original Tyger Tyger and lean in on “clean and green?”
Consulting chef Jasmine Shimoda (formerly of Los Angeles vegan restaurant Jewel and Santa Barbara’s Loquita) and Chef Trevor Laymance (farm-to-table fine dining chef hailing from Ojai) put their heads together to develop a new plant-forward menu offering vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and omnivore options; sure to please anyone seeking a healthy alternative in the Funk Zone with all the bold flavors they have come to love. Tyger Tyger 2.0 is the same beast, with a different diet – roaring back this fall just in time for the holidays. This iteration offers breakfast and lunch daily and dinner service Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
The building on Yanonali was built in 1945 by the Castagnola family as the original “net barn” where fishing nets were stored and repaired and has served the community as an auto repair shop, bakery and catering kitchen/café.
Large windows peek into the building and bring all-day sunshine into the airy room. Window frames and counters are crafted from natural teak wood and are accented by textures of stained concrete floors, terrazzo tabletops and whimsical wallpapers, including the canary-themed ceiling and wildly floral kitchen and restroom.
The bright pink, green, orange and turquoise floral palette warm the interiors and are juxtaposed with the natural wood and grays of the building, evoking the colorful designs of Southeast Asia.
“Ever since Tyger Tyger was forced to close its doors two years ago,
we have had consistent requests from our loyal guests to reopen with our innovative Asian fare.
…Those voices have been loud and clear, demanding a healthier and more sustainable menu brimming with flavor but good for the body and the planet. We are listening, and this new iteration of Tyger Tyger is our effort to deliver on that promise,” states Sherry Villanueva, Founder of Acme Hospitality.
menu is inspired by the bold flavors discovered in street food carts from Southeast Asia
The Tyger Tyger menu is inspired by the bold flavors discovered in street food carts from Southeast Asia, showcasing the Central Coast’s year-round bounty with its plant-forward selections.
Breakfast dishes include…
Breakfast dishes include Banana Loaf with miso butter; Coconut Berry Parfait with coconut yogurt, 7-spice granola, blueberry chia jam & local berries; Overnight Oats with chia seeds, coconut, kinako, tahini, Santa Barbara pistachios & house jam; Spicy Avocado Toast with chili-garlic crisp, scallion, house pickles & green goddess; Roasted Mushroom Toast with miso cream, tarragon & scallion; Breakfast Sando of herby egg omelet, fermented hot sauce, spicy cilantro aioli & pickled Fresno (sub tofu scramble); Breakfast Tacos with eggs, black beans, pickled red onion and jalapeno & house-fermented hot sauce, tingly chili oil & corn tortilla (sub tofu scramble). Eggs can be added to Avocado and Mushroom Toasts on request.
lunch and dinner
In addition to Spicy Avocado and Mushroom Toast¸ lunch and dinner offer a Crispy Rice Salad with Her Produce spicy greens, puffed quinoa, cucumber, mint, Thai basil, pickled shallot, roasted mushrooms, & lime leaf vinaigrette; Tea Leaf Noodle Salad with kelp noodles, cabbage, romaine, tomatoes, peanut crunch & fermented green tea condiment; the Tyger Bowl with coconut rice, black pepper tofu, fried shallots, pickled chili & golden curry sauce. Guests can add a Tamari Egg, Coconut Chicken or Grilled Fish to all Salads and bowls at an additional charge. Tyger Tyger’s signature Chicken Khao Soi is back with an aromatic coconut broth, scratch curry paste, egg noodles, braised chicken, lime leaf, fresh coriander, pickled mustard greens & noodle nest.
Other lunch and dinner dishes include Fried Yuba Sandwich with “Chicken Fried’ tofu skin, spicy maple, shaved cabbage & vegan yuzu ranch dressing; Lechón of crispy pork belly, black sticky rice, pickles, herbs, chili citrus glaze & black vinegar; Cha Ca La Vong – a turmeric and dill-marinated local catch with vermicelli noodles, nuoc cham & local veggies; and Mushroom Carbonara with khao soi noodles, wild mushroom medley, miso cream, preserved lemon, thyme, tarragon, green peppercorn & bonito.
Don’t forget to add a tamari egg as an option.
Enjoy a vegan soft serve or Ube Cream Pie for dessert and non-alcoholic drinks of house-made sodas and iced tea.
Acme Director of Restaurants Danny Bendett has carefully selected wine selections from around the world to complement the flavorful cuisine perfectly. Unique Sake and beer selections reflect the popular and the uncommon, all remarkable and expertly matched with Chef Laymance’s cuisine.
The fast-fine concept delivers elevated menus utilizing counter service with an inventive design. The tightly curated food and beverage programs promise to provide the extraordinary guest experience that Acme has been recognized for since making its mark in the Funk Zone in 2013. Tyger Tyger serves breakfast daily from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and lunch daily from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dinner is served Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
121 E. Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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