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Kitchen 4140 is one of our favorite brunch spots, and we’ve always planned to check out their dinner but never got around to visit. Recently, we were invited to try their dinner menu, and of course I gladly accepted.
We took a look at the menu and were slightly overwhelmed – there were a certainly a lot of things we wanted to try! So we decided leave our dinner fate at the hand of the chef.
Instead of bread, every table has a small jar of pistachios, seasoned with a variety of spices – I can’t remember all of them, but there was definitely cinnamon. I love pistachios and munched on these while waiting for our meal.We started out with a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich – made with brioche bread and three types of cheeses: Humboldt Fog (my fave!), aged cheddar, and taleggio, and finished with a drizzle of truffle oil. As if that wasn’t decadent enough, it was paired with the best tomato soup I’ve ever had – the tomatoes are smoked, which gave the soup a rich and meaty flavor. S said that it was like we were drinking barbecue… haha. Our other appetizer was one that we requested – the smoked pork belly. The pork belly was quite tender and had a light smoky taste. We also really enjoyed the crispy brussels sprouts, as well as the crispy polenta (which pretty much tasted like cornbread), topped with a confit egg yolk that reminded us of Chinese-style salted duck egg yolk, which was rich and delicious.
Our next course was seafood:This sea bass was served in a light miso broth with wilted spinach and topped with crispy garlic slices. I loved the flavor combination and the perfectly-cooked fish. These scallops were probably my favorite dish of the night. They were juicy, tender, and sweet. The natural sweetness of the scallops were actually enhanced by the accompanying candied bacon and corn purée.
At this point, I thought we’d be getting dessert, but to my surprise there was a meat course as well!The duck had a nice and crispy skin – the manager later told us that this was inspired by Chinese-style roast duck. S isn’t a big fan of duck, but I really enjoyed this. Interestingly, there was a wedge of lime to sprinkle over the duck – I’ve never done that before but the acidity helped offset the fattiness of the meat. The dish was served with roasted potatoes and a mâche salad with champagne vinaigrette. The portion size of this lamb shank dish was huge, and definitely worth every penny. The braised lamb was fall-off-the-bone tender. We initially thought that there was wine the braise, but it turns out that it was just a particular blend of spices. It was served over a bed of delicious, creamy polenta, tomato concassé (fancy word for chopped), and accompanied by heirloom carrots and broccolini. I really loved this dish.
Finally, we were brought out this beautiful sample of desserts! There were two delicious gelatos, vanilla and pistachio; a coconut bread pudding; and a berry cobbler. The pistachio gelato had great flavor, but unfortunately was really icy. My favorites from this bunch were probably the vanilla gelato and the coconut bread pudding.
Overall, we had an absolutely fantastic meal at Kitchen 4140 and are definitely planning to return for dinner again! We learned at the end of the meal that pretty much everything we tried were new additions to the menu for the summer – and I’m happy to report that everything was awesome. Looking forward to exploring more of their menu in the future!
Disclaimer: As noted above, we were invited here for dinner and our meal was complimentary. All opinions and writings are, as always, my own!