Saturday, April 13, 2013

Whisknladle

For my parents' final dinner in San Diego we visited Whisk n Ladle.  My friend Lauren recommended the restaurant to me before I even moved to the city and now, almost six months into living here, I finally got around to visiting.

It had been a long week at the office and I was definitely in need of a drink so I ordered a great tequila-based signature cocktail.  The name is unfortunately eluding me right now, but suffice it to say it was definitely a nice cap on the end of a busy and hectic week.

I dove right into the menu after ordering my drink, knowing that I'd likely be ordering a full meal since it was my last name to take advantage of my parents' hospitality (and credit card).  I asked the waitress to guide me through some of the gluten free options and she said that most everything could be altered to be gluten free, with some dishes requiring more alterations than others.  I had looked at the menu during work so I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to order and was glad to hear my hunger wouldn't be stifled by gluten issues.

I began with the Whisknladle Caesar without croutons and it was awesome.  It was a pretty plain salad, with long shears of romaine lettuce sprinkled with parmesan cheese.  While I know it wasn't the most exciting appetizer on the menu it was executed perfectly; I've had enough experiences to know that while a Caesar salad is a common menu item it isn't always prepared as well as Whisknladle's.

For my entrée I went with the scallops prepared "a la plancha."  I'm not normally a huge fan of scallops which isn't to say I don't like them, they just aren't normally high on my list of entrées to order.  That being said, I loved the scallops at Whisknladle.  Needless to say I cut out the fried bread from the order; I also cut out the olives since I'm not a fan.  Regardless the order was still delicious, with the scallops coming buried beneath a pile of crows pass spinach.  I wasn't familiar with that type of spinach but it was very similar to an arugula in its size and texture.  The pine nuts added a nice touch to the dish, but the focus was on the five scallops, all of which were grilled to perfection.

I ended the meal with the chocolate mousse, because who am I to say no to a full meal when I'm with the parentals?  It was delicious, a little thicker than I imagined it based on my waitress' description but great nonetheless.

I'll definitely visit Whisknladle again.  Our waitress was super helpful, the food was delicious, the ambiance was great, and the location near the La Jolla Cove makes for some nice walking before and after dinner.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Whisknladle
1044 Wall Street
La Jolla, CA 92037 (Map)
(858) 551-7575

1 comment:

365 in American Samoa said...

My sister loves Whisknladle! I haven't been but been to both Prep Kitchens (same restaurant group). Have you tried Prep Kitchen yet? I think you'll love it as well.