Friday, October 30, 2015

101 South: San Mateo, Pacific Catch


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.  
Pacific Catch Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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