Pacific Catch 243 S B St./E. 3rd Ave., (650) 389-2482. L-D daily. The original restaurant in this Bay Area mini-chain is on Chestnut Street in San Francisco. This newish branch operates inside a spare, clean-lined dining room featuring rust-colored walls, bamboo-style room dividers, giant rice paper chandeliers, and--surprisingly in such a sleek space, but most appreciated--comfy booths.
Before we ordered, the server offered us complimentary still or sprinkling house-filtered water in lovely blue bottles along with a little plate of fish-shaped pretzels and edamame.
The menu stresses sustainable seafood with an Asian and Hawaiian bent. Signature items include six kinds of Hawaiian Poke, sushi rolls, rice bowls, fish & chips, salads, and island tacos--all in a variety of styles. I ordered a Hawaiian teriyaki bowl with a half rice, half lettuce base and topped with a small slab of grilled salmon. It was so big and yummy that I took my leftovers home for lunch the next day.
Appetizers include spicy Cabo calamari, Korean sticky ribs, and crispy Thai coconut shrimp. A special themed menu is added periodically, and when I visited it featured dishes made famous in San Francisco. From it we chose a crisp, avocado-heavy Green Goddess shrimp salad to share.
From it, he also chose a tasty pan-seared petrale sole with Dungeness crab-topped mashed potatoes,
and we both were unable to resist the pull of what turned out to be strong and really good Mai Tais.
Service was a little slow, but our waitress checked in and reassured us that “perfection takes time.” I planned to order an It's-It for dessert from the S.F. menu, but we decided instead to share chocolate and vanilla mochis.
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