On the day that I left for my week-long vacation in Texas, SK and I had lunch in La Jolla, at Whisknladle. Both of us have heard really good reviews about it, and we were super curious to try it out. However, it’s on the pricey side, so we found an opportunity to head over for lunch!
(When SK suggested Whisknladle to me, I only had my cell phone, keys, and wallet with me… which means no camera pics. Boooo.)
The entrance to the restaurant is low-key but very… “organic” looking. I like it. By the way, most of the restaurant’s seating is in the patio area pictured right here; the bar and kitchen are indoors, but that’s about it.
The lunch menu was overall pretty light but a lot of variety, featuring a few different salads, sandwiches, pastas, and a couple of meat entrees. It took forever to decide between the skirt steak salad, flatbread, and burger – but finally, this is what I chose:
Niman Ranch Cheese Burger with WNL garnish, $17
I ordered the burger with Whisknladle garnish, which means that it is served with bacon, Thousand-Island-like sauce, and an egg (yay!). The meat-to-bun ratio was good, the garnish was fantastic, but unfortunately, the kitchen overcooked my burger – instead of being a nice, pink-ish medium, the burger was just past medium-well. And really, if the meat wasn’t done properly, then I could not really say that it was a great burger.
SK ordered the rigatoni, and as usual, we switched plates halfway through the meal.
Rigatoni with fennel sausage, chino broccoli, chili & garlic, $17.50
I really enjoyed this – the fennel sausage was one of the best sausage I’ve had in a long time! The pasta was also cooked nicely, and the sauce was hearty and flavorful, but not too heavy. I also loved how the cheese was so finely grated that it simply melted into the sauce – yum! I was pretty much ready to lick the plate clean.
The bottom line? I had a great meal at Whisknladle. Of course, if the burger had been cooked to medium, it would have been a perfect visit. I am hoping that this was just a fluke in the busy kitchen, but I will shy away from the burger next time. I am interested in trying their sister restaurant, Prepkitchen (locations in La Jolla, Little Italy, and Del Mar), which is cheaper but serves a similar-style food.
1044 Wall St., La Jolla, CA
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30AM-3PM
Dinner: Sun-Thu 5PM-9PM, Fri-Sat 5PM-10PM
Brunch: Sat-Sun 10AM-3PM
Bar menu: Daily 5pm-Close