Here’s something new and cool: Pacific Grill will turn into a noodle bar every Thursday late night starting next week, June 24.
Owner Gordon Naccarato calls it a pop-up restaurant, where from 9 p.m. to midnight every Thursday Pacific Grill’s menu goes late-night street style Japanese dining.
The menu is like nothing around town – and reminds me of dining at Ping, the hot spot in Portland that serves inventive Japanese street food with Southeast Asian and Chinese twists. My last visit at Ping found all kinds of small bite wonders – grilled skewers with short ribs, quail eggs and fish balls, small plate duck egg salads and tea-steeped eggs.
Pacific Grill’s pop-up noodle nights will feature customized noshing in a bowl –ramen soups come in a broad array of flavors. I like that diners have a choice of four broths. I’ve got my eye on the spicy curry coconut broth with kaffir lime and peanuts. It sounds as if it would be a perfect companion to the banh mi sliders on the noodle bar menu. If the banh mi sliders are anything like the Vietnamese inspired banh mi sandwich on Pacific Grill’s lunch menu, it’s a guaranteed hit. The banh mi at Pacific Grill is one of the best sandwich finds in town. It's a deeply flavored culmination of the salty-sweet-spicy-sour goodness that comprises Southeast Asian cuisine. I wrote about it here.
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For ramen add ins, I like the sound of the chewy udon noodles with crispy shallots and pulled pork char sui. That's noshable late-night dining in a bowl.
The small plates menu holds a lot of promise. I don't think I've seen okonomiyaki, Japanese style pancakes, anywhere on menus in Tacoma. Have you?
Take a look at the full noodle bar menu below.
"...if someday you come looking for me,
I will be in a shop that sells ramen,
a good drinking place,
or a brothel."
~ Ikkyu~ Fifteenth-century Zen Buddhist high priest
[ ok I lied~ he really didn’t say ramen, but the rest is true! ]
Choose from 4 Broths:
1/ Classic Ramen Broth / chicken + pork stock / herbs & spices
2/ Chicken broth only, soy / herbs & spices
3/ Spicy Curry Coconut broth w/ kaffir lime & peanut
4/ Organic Miso Broth / herbs & spices
Choose your Noodle:
Chuka noodles ~ classic crinkled ramen noodles
Udon noodles ~ japanese wheat noodles
Vegetables (usually) Include:
carrot / daikon / bean sprout / mushrooms / sesame seeds / nori / asian herbs /
crispy shallots ~ ask your server, for today’s up-to-date list
Broth, Vegetables & Noodles // 12
- soft-boiled egg // 1
- rock shrimp // 2.50
- pulled pork char sui // 1
- duck // 2.50
- chicken breast // 1.50
- beef // 2.50
- Godzilla Ramen (all of the above) // 5
Thai Chili Sauce on request** --if you can take the heat --please no screaming!
fish sauce / lime / garlic / palm sugar / fresh Thai bird chilies**
**Scoville scale~ Thai chilies ranked approx 10x hotter than jalapeños
ramen~ 2 minutes to cook--a lifetime to master
asian street food / small plates
Chefs Gordon & Ian have travelled extensively in Thailand & Japan.
They bring their love of chef-inspired asian street foods to this once a week menu~ enjoy
ASIAN SNACK MIX // 5
RAW FISH OR HANDROLL OF THE DAY / ask your server // market
SNAKE BEANS / crispy battered long beans / curry salt / “mai tai” sauce / hot chinese mustard // 8
KAMIKAZE PEPPER ROULETTE / blistered shishito peppers / soy / curry-salt
~will you get a hot one? good luck! // 10
CHAR SUI PORK SLIDERS / hawaiian rolls / pulled pork / hoisin barbecue / slaw / sweet potato fries // 10
BÁNH Mí SLIDERS** / hawaiian rolls / pork / vegetables / cilantro / herbs / thai chilies / asian slaw // 12
OKONOMIYAKI / japanese “pizza-pancake” / king salmon / tempura crumbs / bonito / okonomi sauce /
kewpie mayo / scallion / sesame seeds // 12
“TAKOYAKI” / japanese street food fritters / shrimp / scallion / ginger syrup / takoyaki sauce // 12
CHICKEN “TONKATSU” SALAD / chicken / panko / / asian slaw / okonomi sauce / kewpie mayo / crispy shallots
sesame seeds // 10
LACQUERED BABY BACK RIBS / hoisin barbecue / asian slaw / crispy shallots / sesame seeds // 11
DRAGON WINGS** / black & white sesame seeds / curried pickle / kaffir lime dipping sauce / thai chilies // 12
(like buffalo wings--but hot!)
WHITE FRIED RICE** / coconut rice / thai chilies / holy basil / mint / cilantro // 6 ~ add rock shrimp // 12
ASIAN CHICKEN SALAD / shredded lettuces / chicken / almonds / hot chinese mustard / wasabi peas /
cilantro / ginger vinaigrette // 10
STEAMED RICE & GRAINS / soy / cilantro / scallion / toasted almonds // 8
ASIAN SLAW / shredded cabbages / lime dressing / cilantro / sesame seeds // 6
**Scoville heat scale~ Thai chilies are ranked approximately 10 times hotter than jalapeños
The Small Print:
Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs
may increase your risk of food-born illness,
especially if you have certain medical conditions
Where: 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Info: 253-627-3535 or pacificgrilltacoma.com
Noodle bar: Every Thursday, late night 9 p.m.-midnight