La Jolla’s Prepkitchen lives up to the trendy foodie tropes: Slow food. All natural ingredients. Seasonal Menu. Comfort food turned casual.
Yes, they use jidori chicken. Sure, they serve Niman Ranch beef. All buzzwords and cooking terms are in place, impressively positioned on a telling menu that leaves little to the imagination. Prepkitchen understands its clientele and wants them to rest assured in the quality of their food.
But at the end of the day, all one needs to know is that Prepkitchen tastes incredibly good.
It’s one part Linkery, one part Boston Market. Comfort food done beautifully -sustainably - and ordered at the counter.
Prepkitchen’s new brunch menu includes a Beef “hash” with potatoes, poached eggs, and horseradish gremolata which tastes hearty, but hardly overpowering for a late morning dish.
Below, their Chilaquiles with fried eggs, onion, cilantro, and queso fresco offers the same balance between comfort and restraint. Its gently sauced tortilla strips proved crispy amidst the tang of an equally subtle dollop of creme fraiche.
At around thirteen dollars each, both dishes proved a not too extravagant medley of polished taste and comfort.
Above, the Roasted Jidori chicken with mashed potatoes, an earlier summer offering (menu changes frequently), reinforces Prepkitchen’s penchant for properly cooked and modestly seasoned, tastefully sauced classics.
The slow pulled pork sandwich and mushroom soup lunch combo proved good tasting and modestly portioned affordable plate at around ten dollars.
With a palate and a eye for restraint, Prepkitchen’s ethos comes from its attention to detail. From its complimentary pickled olives - worked in an herbaceous mix that includes orange rind and caraway seeds - to its cucumber water and Intelligentsia coffee, its aesthetic philosophy is worthy of name dropping; it lends itself to bragging.
But once you sit down and take an actual bite of one of their dishes, you’ll forget all of that. Then you’ll take another. And another.
7556 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037