Prepkitchen (Modern American)

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7556 Fay Ave
San Diego, CA 92037
(858) 875-7737

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Reviewed on 12/3/2010


I took my mom to Prepkitchen (the one in Del Mar) for a belated birthday lunch. This was my first trip to the Del Mar location, and it was just as delicious as I had expected. I had the lunch combo that included a cup of soup, half sandwich, salad and house made chips. The soup of the day was celery root, and it was outstanding. For the sandwich, I had the smoked salmon panini with pickled persimmon, avocado & tarragon aioli. This sounded a bit odd, but peaked my curiousity. This too, was delicious. The pickled persimmon really complimented and lightened the salmon, and the bread was thin sliced and perfectly crisp. Mom tried the beet, tangerine & goat cheese salad. Also excellent. We finished the meal with the best carrot cake I've ever had. It was so good that we got a slice to go for a friend.

It was an excellent meal based on the food alone, but the service took it up a notch. Our waiter was super friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, and we chatted a bit about the La Jolla location. At the end of the meal, we got our check and noticed they didn't charge us for the second piece of cake. I pointed this out to our waiter, and he said it was on the house. When I asked why he said it was because they like to do something extra for their repeat customers and he had appreciated the positive feedback I had given them. It was really refreshing to hear this as often the only time you get something taken off the bill is when you complain. I should point out that I also used a Groupon coupon that day, so I know they weren't making much off our table. All in all, it was a great way to end the afternoon. We'll definitely be back there soon.


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Reviewed on 5/13/2010


Prep Kitchen Restaurant has the feel of an upscale cafe/bistro that is framed in a charm unique to downtown La Jolla. My friends and I went in for a late post-wine-tasting dinner and sat outside. It was a bit of a nippy Spring night, but the impressive array of heat lamps kept the chill at bay.

First off, the food here is outstanding. We started with a trio of appetizers...the peppers stuffed with chicken and goat cheese (this was highly recommended to us and cemented our decision to try Prep Kitchen), a beet salad with goat cheese, and a tuna confit salad. We also got some focaccia bread on the side. The peppers were indeed magical, showcasing a great flavor and complementary texture that really came together. The beet salad was about what I had expected...simple and fresh. The tuna confit was not quite was I was expecting, and I'm not sure I would get it again. It wasn't at all bad...I think my best comparison would tuna in a can with pieces similar to what you may get from large lump crab. Texture was a bit tougher though.

For an entree, I went with the porchetta. I had never had the dish before, so have not basis for comparison, but it was pretty good. Some bites had a chewy/fatty texture that I didn't love, but the flavor was great and it was served in a pool of au jus that was a nice complement. You get a choice of sides, and the mashed potatoes were as good as I've ever had as they had a nice creamy texture and were expertly seasoned.

Service was great and our waitress was friendly and very knowledgeable about the food. We frequently solicited recommendations with exquisite results. Also, having tried a few bites off my friends dishes, I can testify that both the half-roasted chicken and lamb steak were both top notch. In fact, what really differentiates Prep Kitchen is the chef's ability to marry flavors.

Give it a shot, and if you need a great date spot...this is your place.


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