So, uhh… I kinda sorta went back to The Hake for a second birthday dinner with my siblings. In my defense, we actually called around to other restaurants but they were all booked so The Hake was a last resort. Not that I was complaining or anything. :)
We were a half hour late for our reservations because I got lost (whose idea was it to have two Torrey Pines roads, anyways?!), but we called ahead and they were very understanding, which was nice. Honestly, we almost ended up not going because there was only 30-45 minutes before the restaurant closed, but luckily there were enough parties still dining, so we weren’t alone.
My parents weren’t able to make it, but I’m glad I got to bring my siblings along because they just HAD to try the short ribs. And with this being my second time at The Hake, I was excited to try some new things!
For my appetizer, instead of ordering the tacos like last time, I went with the roasted zucchini and poblano soup. It was good; flavorful and peppery. However, I didn’t like the burrata cheese it came with because its fluffiness didn’t incorporate well into the hot soup. Also, the texture of the soup itself was too much like a puree for my liking; I wish it had been smoother.
I had a bite of my brother’s octopus appetizer. I don’t really eat octopus (I prefer squid/calamari), but I surprisingly liked this! It was served sashimi style and lightly dressed in a lemony, citrusy sauce that was refreshing but did not overshadow the octopus’ flavor. I cannot say how well the octopus was cooked because I haven’t tried enough to assess that, but I can say it was not rubbery whatsoever.
Reunited and it felt so good! ;) Totally worth having my Chanel lipstick rub off.
For dessert, I picked the artisan cheesecake. I liked this much better than the amaretto gelato. Even though I was full from my meal (and still had leftovers), I still managed to make room for this dessert because it isn’t sickeningly sweet or super dense.
Clearly, The Hake has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants. I already can’t wait to come back! Also, if you’re in the San Diego area, I would love to hear your restaurant suggestions.
If you want to read about my first experience at The Hake, click here.