Tuna tostadas at The Hake — Photo courtesy of The Hake Kitchen & Bar
The seaside community of La Jolla, located less than 20 minutes from San Diego, is no stranger to good restaurants. However, a newcomer called The Hake Kitchen & Bar is likely to win over locals. The neighborhood brasserie offers a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere and a delicious seafood-based menu to delight taste buds.
La Jolla resident and managing partner of The Hake, Ricardo Dondisch, isn't a stranger to the restaurant business, as he's helped open several notable restaurants in Mexico City alongside Chefs Federico Rigoletti and Roberto Craig, who conceptualized and oversee the seafood-based menu at The Hake.
The menu is divided into sections beginning with one- to two-bite "Snacks" like the tuna tostada with a ponzu scallion marinade, avocado and fried leek (pictured above). Traditional "Tiraditos," or lightly-dressed sashimi-style preparations, are next. They include hamachi with miso, jalapeno relish and garlic chips or sea scallop with citric-chipotle dressing, sea salt and olive oil.
"Appetizers" such as shaved rib eye - thinly-sliced rib eye steak served a la plancha with sauteed chilies and warm corn tortillas - encourage sharing. "Main Courses" feature sea and land options such as seared tuna steak with wasabi mashed potatoes and soy butter, or the Berkshire pork chop with au jus, Granny Smith apples, potatoes and endive.
Not to be skipped is "Dessert," especially the Key lime pie with basil cream and Meyer lemon gelato.
The lunch menu includes a menu similar to dinner offerings but with more traditional lunch fare, such as the burrata salad with heirloom tomatoes, arugula and Key lime dressing. Or, try the Baja shrimp roll with dill mayonnaise, asparagus and celery on buttered brioche.
A neighborhood brasserie isn't complete without world-class wines, a great cup of coffee and, in this case, hand-crafted cocktails. The La Jolla Lady is prepared with Skyy vodka, cucumber, lime and thyme simple syrup.
The contemporary interior at The Hake — Photo courtesy of The Hake Kitchen & Bar
The space takes on characteristics of the building, featuring a palette of whites and neutrals with exposed wood, mirrors and small accents of color. Or, dine al fresco on the small patio just below Prospect Street amid bright greenery and light fixtures sourced from local salvage and design stores.
The Hake Kitchen & Bar is located at 1250 Prospect Street. It's open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.