Echoing a phrase that was commonly utilized by Navy preparing for deployment from San Diego, a “West Pac Tour” refers to the Western Pacific waters from Japan to Singapore, Thailand to Hawaii, and everything in between. A tribute to San Diego’s naval history, West Pac’s menu embarks on a country-by-country journey through the traditional flavors and cuisines that make up these “West Pac” regions.
Led by Blue Bridge Hospitality Executive Chef Tim Kolanko and Executive Sous Chef Jared Becker, the culinary program spotlights a wide variety of family-style plates so that guests may experience a melting pot of flavors from up to eight different countries. Alongside traditional Vietnamese pho and Japanese ramen, sharable entrees include Burmese Curry with white fish, tomato and lime, Chinese Dan Dan Noodles with minced pork and peanut butter, or Japanese Chilled Soba with green tea miso, carrots and cabbage. Smaller plates offer an assortment of dim sum including Singaporean Shrimp Skewers, Filipino Lumpia, South Korean Bulgogi Beef Tacos and Korean Fried Chicken, Japanese Chicken Skewers and Housemade Gyoza, as well as Chinese Char Siu Pork Bao Buns and Housemade Soup Dumplings.
A staple in Hawaii’s islander culture, poke rounds out the concept’s Polynesian influence with five specialty-crafted bowls of fresh caught fish. With a choice between sticky rice, brown rice or mixed greens as a base, patrons can peruse selections including the SoCal-inspired Nado Poke with avocado, purple cabbage, and maui onion, to a spicy Volcano Poke with wakame, jalapeno, and pickled ginger.
Offering a new take on the traditional Asian sake sipper, the revered Japanese rice wine gets blended into a variety of fruit-forward cocktails such as How Do Yuzu? with green tea and lychee, Lei It On Me with Liliko’I (yellow passionfruit) and the POG Slammer with passion fruit, orange and guava. Alongside an extensive variety of authentic Japanese sakes, West Pac’s local 24 drafts will offer a mix of local craft and Asian beers as well as one tap dedicated for fresh poured sake. Additionally, a limited and diverse wine selection will satisfy the popular varietals of reds and whites.
Inside the 1,600 square-foot space, an open kitchen allows guests to feast their eyes on the sizzling wok station and noodle bar. Upon placing an order at the walk-up counter, diners are invited to take a number and make their way to a comfortable seat along West Pac’s banquettes, communal high tops, central noodle bar or outdoor patio. Embellished with art and artifacts found in different Asian cultures, the silhouette of a Chinese dragon creates an eye-catching effect on the restaurant’s front windows. Inside, a dramatic red-scaled wall depicting a koi fish takes shape opposite floor-to-ceiling lined bamboo forest wallpaper, beach wood flooring and stone bamboo tiles that cover the noodle bar façade.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
West Pac opens daily from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will to roll out lunch service within the next few weeks.
Happy Hour | Daily, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
EAT: $1 Edamame, $5 Offerings: Korean Fried Chicken, Lumpia, Tempura Shrimp
DRINK: $5 Drafts & $5 Cocktail of the Day
About Blue Bridge Hospitality: Blue Bridge Hospitality is a diverse group of exceptional restaurants based in and born out of a love for the city of San Diego. With a portfolio of eight distinct concepts (MooTime Creamery, Village Pizzeria, Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q, Coronado Coffee Company, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge, Stake Chophouse & Bar, Liberty Public Market, Maretalia Ristorante), Blue Bridge Hospitality has experienced immense growth since its beginnings in 1998. The collective’s first concept, MooTime Creamery, was a family effort from the ground up, with native San Diego resident David Spatafore taking the lead. As Blue Bridge has flourished, expanded, and entered into new partnerships in the 18 years since its inception, the group has reached tremendous heights with the opening of San Diego’s most buzzed about project to date, Liberty Public Market, the city’s first food hall. Carrying that same focus on local ownership and family values has remained a core component of the company’s principles as Blue Bridge Hospitality continues to grow. For more information, please visit: http://bluebridgehospitality.com