Lately, there have been many trips to San Diego, even to Mexico believe it or not — I’m not complaining — and they always have to do with food in one way or another. I visited Prepkitchen Little Italy last year, but this is my first visit to Prepkitchen La Jolla and I am surprised at how small this location is. My parking karma is in full force as I find parking right in front of the restaurant.
I am here with a group and we enjoy the relaxed nature of the outside patio. I am glad I snag a seat facing the street because it is entertaining and eye-opening watching some eccentric people walk by every so often.
A Daily Soup ($5/$9) is offered and on this day, it is mulligatawny. The blend of lentils yellow curry, coconut cream, jalapeno and ginger creates a mulligatawny I find extremely mild in flavor. I would have liked more spices, but understand this appeals to a wider variety of palates. It is pleasant and satisfies.
Who can say no to charcuterie? Not us! Cutting Board ($18) is a combination of house cured meats, cheese and various accompaniments such as roasted vegetables, olives and grain mustard. The toasted crusty bread is a welcoming addition to this item.
Another dish no one can deny is Bacon Wrapped Dates ($9.75). I love bacon and I love dates. The marriage between the two is one of salty sweet and it is difficult to stop once you’ve taken a bite.
Even though I’m not a big fan of salad, I enjoy the Asparagus & Little Gem Salad ($11.25). I think it is the tender little gem leaves and the blanched asparagus which win me over. The roasted shallot vinaigrette and BACON add so much flavor to the dish. A nine-minute egg is just the icing on the cake.
Tempura Fried Green Beans ($10.50) is a huge hit with everyone at the table. The accompanying sauce ravigot is nice and acidic and provides a great contrast to the fried green beans. Absolutely delicious and deserves a repeat order.
Sandwiches are definitely in order for lunch. Cubano Torta ($11.75) is definitely respectable, with Heritage smoked ham, pork belly, a chopped pickle relish, gruyere and house mustard. The bread is perfectly toasted and if sandwiches are your thing, then this is your sammie!
Vegetarians may opt for Poblano Torta ($11.75) with chipotle aioli, plantains, avocado, pico de gallo and queso fresco. The potato chips are soooooo good.
My favorite dish of the entire meal is Tagliatelle Bolognese ($19.50), a house-made pasta with a beef and pork blend, simmered with tomatoes and rosemary. The bowl is deceiving and looks on the small side, but once you dig into it, you’ll realize there is a lot there.
This is a quaint and cozy spot for a meal with friends. The staff is delightful and if you get prime parking, it makes the experience even more sweet.
Prepkitchen La Jolla
7556 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037