5 Must-Try Seafood Dishes From La Jolla’s Newest Pacific Catch

Pacific jack is making waves in San Diego with its first SoCal location in La Jolla! This bright and airy restaurant brings beach vibes and a long list of seafood to the Westfield UTC mall in La Jolla. Head toward Pacific jack for any occasion, whether it’s a romantic date near the hearth or a family or group reunion. With innovative dishes like sambal-glazed spicy cod burgers and tried-and-true favorites like Baja fish tacos, Pacific jack has something for everyone, even if seafood isn’t your first choice! Here are five delicious dishes that you must try as soon as possible. Best Seafood La Jolla

Fresh Catch Asian Herb Chimichurri with Kimchi Fried Rice + Thai Brussels

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Order the Fresh Catch menu and choose amberjack Kanpachi, striped bass or arctic salmon with an Asian herb and garlic marinade! While there are four mouth-watering styles to choose from on the Fresh Catch menu, our eyes are on the Asian herb chimichurri sauce – a deliciously green topping to their list of sustainably sourced fresh fish options. And don’t skimp on the sides! Crispy Thai Brussels and Kimchi Fried Rice are the perfect additions to this meal. Try adding sun-kissed eggs to mix into your rice.

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Lobster roll

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Feast your eyes! Pacific JackLobster Roll features a fresh tarragon and dill lobster salad topped with avocado, radish, romaine lettuce and chives that’s tucked into a buttery grilled King’s Hawaiian roll for a heavenly bite. The best part? Their lobster gets the nod from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s sustainable seafood watchdog, so you can feel good about eating it. Packed with mouth-watering lobster meat and a variety of vegetables offering a mix of creamy and crunchy textures, Pacific jackThe lobster roll has it all.

Poké and Ceviche Trio

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Choose three of six poke and ceviche options with wontons or tortilla chips! Whether you share it with your entrée table or claim them all for your entree, this trio of poke and ceviche on a bed of ice is a great pick for indecisive orders. You do not know which one to choose ? Follow our lead, we go for Korean ahi poke (yellowfin tuna, gochujang, soy glaze, kimchi, onions and sesame seeds), spicy amberjack ceviche (Hawaiian kampachi, Peruvian ají amarillo chili marinade, tomato, red onion and coriander ) and the Baja shrimp ceviche with a fresh lime, avocado, Fresno pepper and cilantro marinade.

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Rainbow Sushi Bowl

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With slices of fresh sashimi (two of each) yellowtail, salmon and seared sesame ahi, this colorful creation is as fresh and flavorful as it gets. Along with your fresh fish, you’ll find crab salad, yuzu tobiko, avocado, wakame seaweed, pickled cucumber, pickled ginger, daikon sprouts, and soy-wasabi dressing on sushi rice. All the best parts of a sushi roll, just mixed together in one bowl – what could be better? Previously a seasonal summer item, Pacific jack recently made its Rainbow Sushi Bowl a main menu item (we approve!). Combining fresh sashimi with creamy crab salad and zesty pickled vegetables makes this bowl explode with flavor and texture.

Platter of three tacos

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When it comes to tacos, we love to mix and match! Choose between six different tacos (Traditional Baja, Grilled Fish, Cabo Shrimp, Guajillo Shrimp, Hot Fish, Spicy Sriracha) and enjoy a side of black beans and fries, miso salad or fries and salsa. Feeling spicy? Try the hot fish taco with crispy Alaskan cod, sambal glaze, cabbage, pickled carrots, jalapeño and sriracha aioli. If you’re in a classic mood, order the traditional Crispy Baja Cod, with crunchy cabbage, avocado-tomatillo salsa and jalapeño tartar. If you’ve had your fill of seafood, go for the Spicy Sriracha Steak Taco with cabbage, pickled carrots, jalapeño, crispy shallots and Sriracha aioli.

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Essential cocktails:

Lilikoi Mai Tai

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Hawaiian lilikoi (aka passion fruit) imparts a beautiful golden color that mixes perfectly with three (yes, three!) types of rum in this tiki cocktail from the Livin’ Aloha menu.

Local preview: Classic mai tais are $4 off during happy hour, 3-5 p.m. weekdays.

Pain killer

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Served in a classic ceramic tiki mug (which are on sale, BTW), the Painkiller deftly combines aged Bacardi Reserva Ocho rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, Liquid Alchemist coconut syrup and grated nutmeg (no aspirin included).

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Pacific jack
4575 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 1160
San Diego, CA 92122
619.728.2700
@pacificcatch


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