Grand Opening

San Diego’s Who’s Who was present at Monkey King’s Grand Opening, this remarkable event took place during two days. First Day from VIPs and Friends, Second Day for Press and Media.

Grand Opening by NBC San Diego

A new restaurant with an unlikely name – Monkey King – has opened in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp District.

The name pays homage to the city’s more colorful past, when the Monkey King was an illegal lottery house of the late 1800s where people could dine, drink and gamble.

With Executive Chef Brendan Mica in the lead, the latest iteration of Monkey King at 467 5th Ave. features Chinese cuisine such as a whole one-pound lobster served with grilled scallions and a red chili sauce, dim sum, Peking duck, and a 12-ounce New York prime steak with a black pepper Sichuan sauce.

“The Monkey King menu will have no tricks. We’re crafting recipes inspired by true Chinese cooking, driven by ingredients from our local farming community,” Mica said.

The restaurant has an outdoor patio, an open-air lounge, and a dim sum table imported from China that seats up to eight people.

“Just like the Monkey King of old, this restaurant will be the most happening destination to enjoy food, drinks, and conversation into the late evening hours with a lively, contemporary vibe,” said co-owner Matt Gerold.

VIPs, Press and Media

The grand opening featured some of San Diego’s most beautiful people. Gaslamp Industry was represented alongside the press, media and VIPs for this exclusive private event. The guests were able to enjoy the sample menu items offered by Chef Brendan Mica, alongside my the craft cocktails prepared by our master mixologists led at the helm by Jeff. All guests were exstatic about the food and libations they had that night, and many of those attendees now became regular patrons.