[UPDATE 11/9/15: DUKES IS NOW OPEN!]
Duke’s La Jolla will officially be opening in the village this month! Owned and operated by San Diego- and Maui- based T S Restaurants, Duke’s La Jolla is scheduled to open its doors sometime in October 2015. The 13,000 square-foot space will feature two main dining areas on two floors, both of which will have outdoor seating on a beautifully- designed patio area designed by Marengo Morton Architects and Hatch Design Group. Of course, being on Prospect Street, the new restaurant will boast stunning views of La Jolla Cove and the Pacific.
Duke’s is named after Duke Kahanamoku, native Hawaiian, highly-regarded “father of modern day surfing,” and six-time Olympic swimming/water polo medalist. The first Duke’s restaurant opened in May of 1989 on the island of Kauai overlooking Nawiliwili Bay; now, there are six different Duke’s locations in both California and Hawaii, La Jolla being the newest member of the group.
In keeping with the culture and passion of the restaurant’s namesake, Duke’s menu will celebrate the collaboration of flavors between Hawaii and California — playfully crafted yet approachable, its cuisine will honor tradition while still keeping a significant focus on all-natural ingredients and seasonal, locally-sourced products.
Signature items will include Tahitian Octopus (shown above) cooked on a wood grill with smoked papaya, cucumber, lime and coconut milk; charred snap peas with burnt pineapple vinaigrette and brie; Lilikoi Ceviche with coriander stem, tomato, avocado, and Fresno chili; a roasted Firecracker Fish with Suzie’s Farm cabbage, gailan, and ginger sprouts; and 24-hour Kalbi Short Rib served with housemade kimchee, smoked potato salad and Kewpie yogurt.
There will also be a selection of San Diego/California craft beers, barrel-to-glass wines, and hand-crafted cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices – including a killer Mai Tai made with fresh POG (passion fruit, orange and guava)!
Duke’s La Jolla will be located at 1216 Prospect Street and will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Stay tuned for more updates and an official opening date! In the meantime, visit Duke’s website.
[Images courtesy of Duke’s La Jolla]
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