I visited Kitchen 4140 for brunch on a fine Sunday morning with Sk. I’ve been a bit wary of restaurants offering brunch, since many turn out to be overpriced and underwhelming meals. But the reviews for Kitchen 4140 were high, and I had a Passport Card discount, so I decided to give this place a try.
We chose indoor seating, and the inside is decorated in a really neat, modernist style. I love the high, wooden ceiling and paintings of cows, haha.
They had a pretty extensive drinks menu, with various coffee, espresso, tea, and other brunch-y drinks. I tried my first Yerba mate tea! I loved the spiciness of the tea and will definitely be getting some for my office.
And Sk ordered an Almond Joy mocha, which actually did resemble the candy bar quite a bit, and was pretty much dessert in a cup.
We decided to order one item each from the “Breakfast” and “Between the Bread” sections of the menu – everything looked so good, and we had a pretty hard time deciding. In the end, we went with the steak hash and the short rib sandwich.
The hash was awesome!! I couldn’t decide what was my favorite component – the eggs were perfectly poached, almost like the soft-boiled eggs that I love in Japanese ramen (糖心蛋). If I could use only one word to describe this, it’d be “rustic”. All the ingredients – potatoes, beef, peppers, even the creme fraiche – worked really well together to create a hearty, delicious dish. My only bone to pick is that the bread was a bit over-toasted, but other than that, it is perfect.
The short rib sandwich was a completely different style than the steak hash. The flavors were distinctly Asian, with the mango chutney and sesame vinaigrette(?) slaw. The meat itself was tender, the bread was nicely toasted, and the meat-to-bread ratio was just perfect – you could get everything in one bite. The French fries were brown and crispy, my favorite.
Overall, I loved my meal. The entire experience was excellent, from the service to the atmosphere to the food. One of the reasons that we enjoyed the food so much was perhaps because the flavors were rich but not overly heavy, and it reminded me of some of the Southern fusion food that I miss so much. (Sk pointed out that it’s like Watt’s Grocery in Durham – one of my favorite restaurants!) I will definitely be back for brunch again, and
/or try their lunch and dinner sometime!
What is your favorite brunch spot in San Diego? Will you be giving Kitchen 4140 a try? (Because you totally should!)
4140 Morena Blvd., San Diego, CA