A few new spots in Ventura:
Salome's (Mexican) Very nondescript decor-wise, situated in the mall on Ashwood and Telegraph. Burritos aren't too great, go for the tacos. Homemade tortillas (probably the only place in Ventura where you'll get homemade tortillas) and asada and al pastor that remind me of the better east L.A. taco trucks. Definitely the best tacos in Ventura, to my knowledge.
Chai's Thai Cuisine. This place is the new outpost of the Yenbamroong folks (people behind Talesai). Gave it a shot yesterday, despite Talesai never getting stellar reviews. I'll definitely be back. Between a friend, I got crispy duck lettuce wraps (awesome, I could eat 3 plates of these) mussels in lemongrass broth (feh, nothing to write home about) pad thai (East in downtown Ventura does a better one) and a chicken larb like dish, a little different, that was pretty amazing, very intensely flavored. Had a coconut custard with coconut ice cream for dessert. Piping hot custard with ice cream melting on top. Let's just say I hate coconut, and I thought this was phenomenal. Custard had a bread pudding texture...I could see something like this on a tasting menu at Water Grill...
The place is promising...I'll return soon and keep an update...it's in a very unlikely area, 2148 Saviers. P.S. the service was SLOW, only two people up front. It's already very popular and appears they don't have the staff to keep up with business. Go early or during the week. Oh yeah and the wine list is surprisingly well chosen, though limited. Some Qupe, Alban and other good california picks.
Lastly just wanted to mention there's a Taj Cafe coming in downtown, near the Natural Grill Cafe, which is an extension of the Taj Cafe in Santa Barbara. I had some of the best Indian there, rivaling Bombay and much cheaper. Best naan, amazing daal, everything very well seasoned. (Although beware, mom just went there and had a less than satisfactory meal, probably due to spring breakers and whatnot)