Three years into its residence in La Jolla, The Hake Kitchen & Bar shuttered earlier this year for an expansion that is almost nearing completion; the restaurant is prepping for its grand reintroduction to the neighborhood and is expected to reopen by the end of month.
Remodeled concurrently with its Prospect Street plaza, which also houses George's at the Cove and Donovan's, The Hake has gone from 3,456-square-feet to 5,400-square-feet. Besides a private room and bigger outdoor patio, the highlight of the revamped restaurant is a newly enlarged dining room designed for approachable fine dining that now boasts panoramic views of La Jolla Cove.
There's also a new executive chef in the expanded kitchen; formerly chef de cuisine at Puesto and executive chef at Searsucker, Aarti Sanghavi will introduce an almost entirely refreshed menu that draws inspiration and flavors from global regions ranging from Mexico to Asia and the Mediterranean. Sanghavi says the sharable dishes will be ingredient-forward and locally sourced, and primarily focused on vegetables and seafood — everything from raw bar items to shrimp and pork belly tamales and whole fish. And beverage curator Joan Villanueva is back with a mix of favorite cocktails and fresh drinks to pair with the new menu.
Managing partner Ricardo Dondisch says he hopes that The Hake will continue to be a locals' hangout, but also have renewed appeal as a destination restaurant with its new oceanfront status. Dondisch, who along with his partners owns 17 restaurants in Mexico City, says that they plan to bring more of those existing concepts to San Diego.