Reopening to the dining public tonight is The Hake, which landed on Prospect Street back in 2013 and is returning from a 10-month hiatus. In its place now is an almost entirely reimagined concept, with a fresh design from Mexico City architect Jorge Campos and nearly 2,000-square-feet of additional space.
Most significantly, the restaurant finally has the view that diners coming to La Jolla look for. Beyond the new entryway and patio, past the 12-seat private dining room and the custom-made copper bar and lounge area, is an expansive dining room with a panoramic view of the Pacific.
Helming the reinvented dinner destination is executive chef Aarti Sanghavi (Puesto, Searsucker), whose menu ranges from raw seafood preparations to shareable plates and larger land and sea entrees that draw from the cuisines of Latin America, Asia, and the Mediterranean. Beverage curator Joan Villanueva returns with a cocktail menu categorized by base spirits, including the agave-spotlighting Niama with Tequila Cabeza, Cynar, Dolin Rouge, Gran Marnier, Aperol and a Fernet wash and the vodka-based Emporer's Tea with Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, chrysanthemum tea syrup, lemon and apple juice. There's also an expanded wine program, with both Old and New Word varietals and 25 options by the glass; a retail component allows bottles to also be purchased and taken home. And after dinner, dinners can choose to cap of their meal with a digestivo poured from a mobile tableside cart.