This Monday, January 1, West Pac Noodle Bar will set sail in Coronado. Launched by Blue Bridge Hospitality, which runs Stake Chophouse & Bar, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge on the island plus Liberty Public Market on the mainland, the new counter-service eatery pays tribute to San Diego’s naval history through its format. Referencing a navy deployment into Western Pacific waters, a “West Pac Tour” that would encompass travels to Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Hawaii and more, the menu brings together the greatest hits of the area’s regions, from Thai papaya salad to Chinese soup dumplings, Korean fried chicken, Filipino lumpia, Burmese fish curry, Japanese shrimp tempura and Hawaiian poke.
Noodles are a main focus of the 1,600-square-foot space, where an open kitchen is powered by a wok station and noodle bar. Executive chef Tim Kolanko and executive sous chef Jared Becker’s global noodle menu includes Japanese ramen, Vietnamese pho and Chinese dan dan noodles.
West Pac Noodle Bar will ultimately be open from 11 a.m. to 10 pm. daily, but its full menu will initially be available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a limited lunch menu to roll out shortly. The eatery will also offer a bar menu of sake-based cocktails including the POG Slammer with passion fruit, orange and guava juice plus wine and 24 taps pouring a mix of local craft beer, Asian brews and fresh sake. Its daily happy hour, coming soon, will run from 3 to 6 p.m. and feature $1 dumplings and $5 on drafts and a sake cocktail of the day.