A dynamic renovation of La Jolla’s 1250 Prospect Street building, a multilevel center for upscale restaurants and galleries, offered The Hake an unexpected and irresistible opportunity. Previously housed in relatively small and viewless premises, the international-themed restaurant expanded into gracious quarters that share grand Pacific views with noted neighbors George’s at the Cove and Donovan’s.
Ask for window-side seating when reserving. If successful, prepare to negotiate with your dining partner over who sits looking over La Jolla Cove and waaay up the coast, and who regards the ocean horizon. The cove itself is so close you may imagine dipping your hand in the gentle waves. Inside the room are fine artworks, music with a hipster vibe that plays above conversations, and tables variously topped with marble or wood.
Executive Chef Aarti Sanghavi, who was born near Chicago to parents from India, weaves Indian, Mexican, and European flavors into a nicely varied mostly seafood menu.
Try this: Lobster masala, a spiced appetizer with shellfish, eggplant, and saffron aioli.