Monkey King now open in the Gaslamp

January 12, 2018 by  

A new Chinese restaurant, the Monkey King, recently opened in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego.

Brendan Mica is the executive chef, and aims to put a contemporary spin on traditional Chinese dishes. The restaurant’s unusual name is a nod to San Diego’s colorful history of the late 1800s, when people could gamble, drink, and dine at an illegal lottery spot called the Monkey King.

The current Monkey King is at 467 Fifth Avenue, and serves up Chinese dishes like Peking duck, dim sum, lobster with chili sauce, and a New York prime steak served with a Szechuan sauce seasoned with black pepper.

Chef Mica says there will not be any tricks on the restaurant’s menu, but instead, diners will be able to enjoy meals that reflect real Chinese cooking, using ingredients that are locally sourced. The Monkey King has an open-air lounge, a patio, and a dim sum table that was imported directly from China. The table can seat as many as eight patrons.

Matt Gerold, who is a co-owner of the restaurant, says that the new spot, just like its namesake, will become a destination in itself, where people can dine and enjoy good drinks and conversation well into the night.

New businesses like this could benefit by working with a flyer printing company to create a handout inviting passersby to stop in.