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Category:San Diego Restaurant Blog
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Okay it is hard to find a great place to hang out late at night in La Jolla. But I have found my new favorite lounge. My boyfriend and I were enjoying a warm night walking around downtown La Jolla when we found Whisknladle, we checked out the menu and decided to stay. There were an amazing assortment of house-infused drinks with very interesting combinations. We took a seat around the bar and made our decisions. I had the lavender Cosmo with blueberry vodka, it was an amazing twist on a cosmo. My boyfriend tried what the bartender suggested, the Lychee Drop with ginger and lemon sake. We decided that we needed a snack while we sipped our drinks so we checked out the Happy Hour menu and decided on the cutting board house cured meats & cheeses.
My dad and I went for Brunch last week and had the best time ever. As Food Network junkies, we were excited to see that La Jolla had a new restaurant opening. Deciding that dinner would be busy, we went on a Saturday afternoon before hitting the shops. Because I tend to favor the sweet side of life, I ordered the ricotta French toast and had some of the house-made scones and jam. They came quickly, and the presentation made my mouth water. To die for. My dad got the Tuna Melt (being a more conservative brunch goer) and loved the home-made potato chips. We got some Mimosas and sat and chatted for about an hour. The dining room patio was gorgeous, the design was open and fresh, and created the perfect environment. An interesting fact our server told us was that they only buy the highest quality products from local growers and markets, and all the food is made in-house. The chef cures the meats, bakes the breads, churns the ice-cream, etc. Crazy (in a great way). All in all it was a great experience, and we are already making plans to go back and experience the dinner menu!
Sort of seemed like we got forgotten about for 10 minutes or so when we sat down for lunch... but the manager was kind and friendly and bought us a round of beers which was great. After that the service was good and the food, though just a quick lunch, was really good.
I had fish and chips that were perfectly (lightly) breaded, the fish was cod and was very flaky and just great. The tarter sauce was a sort of Bearnaise sauce that was also awesome. My girlfriend had a gourmet grilled cheese that she loved too.
I don’t usually post reviews after I eat at a restaurant for the first time, but I was in such a good mood after dinner that I had to go home and let everyone in on my new favorite restaurant. The food was amazing. Not only did it taste delicious, but the server told me that they only use highest quality ingredients from local merchants. All the food is handled and made in-house, from the bread to the sausage and the ice cream. The setting of the restaurant was very comfortable, I was instantly taken in. If you are the kind of person who enjoys refreshing and inventive foods, Whisknladle is for you. I am looking forward to going back and trying some new dishes.
My fiancé and I dined at Whisknladle on Saturday and it was unbelievable. We are foodies by design, having traveled to San Fran and NYC just for the dining experience and this La Jolla spot has convinced us that San Diego is now on par with the best dining cities.
Our server guided us throught the menu, which he explained was designed so you can try 4 or 5 different dishes, which we did. He also explained to us that the restaurant makes EVERYTHING in-house, from the sausage which they cure and age in a hand made cellar to the butter, the pasta the ketchup you name it.
We started our meal with the Lamb Sausage which is under the SNACK portion of the menu. The sausage was accompanied by a homemade fig chutney that complimented the sausage phenomenally. We also tried the Pale Ale Braised Short Ribs with polenta and the cutting board with house cured meats. Duck Prosciutto was one of the featured items on the cutting board and it was o die for. Our main dishes consisted of the Brick Chicken. I never order chicken at restaurants, but this was paired with Saffron Risotto so I could not resist. You can really taste the difference in the dishes because of the quality ingredients they use. The chicken was all-natural and the seasoning used was like a party in your mouth.
After dinner we moved into the restaurants bar and lounge to try dome of their signature cocktails. The decor of the space was modern and minimalist, with tall ceilings, a smooth concrete bar and light bulbs that hung low, from the high ceilings. The atmosphere, was laid back, the crowd was upscale and ranged in ages from mid 20's to mid 40's that night. The restaurants bartender, Ian, spent many years tending bar and infusing liquors in New York City. He has brought this skill with him to Whisknladle. My fiancé tried what they call a London's Burning which is roasted jalapeno water, lime and sapphire gin. It was just the right amount of spice. I tried the Lychee Drop, which is ginger infused sake (
i am originally from NY so i am an avid foodie. i ate here friday night...there were 5 of us and we each ordered salads to start with and each had entrees and a bottle of wine with 2 rounds of drinks while waiting for a table. the food was ok but the treatment of the customers was pretty bad. we were at the restaurant pretty close to closing time. we were sitting at the left side of the restaurant in a table in the corner and there was noone else left on that side when we were leaving. as we got up to leave, our table was being cleared already by the busboy. there was noone else left in the restaurant except for a table of 2 at the complete opposite side of the restaurant and our table was not even within view from where they were sitting. we were about 5 minutes out the door when we realized that we left our camera. we went back into the restaurant right away and the busboy and waiter deny seeing anything. then they started to question whether we even had a camera or not to begin with and THEY EVEN TOOK OUR PICTURE. for the camera to be gone so soon after us leaving the restaurant then its only obvious that the restaurant's own staff stole the camera. plus since the waiter took our pic he already knew that we had a camera and he already knew that it was a nice canon camera. AND there was no one else left eating when left!!!! we spent alot of money at that restaurant and the manager defended his own stealing employees without acknowledging that as customers that paid for a service at his own place we suffered from a loss. this never happened to me in NY of all places. and here, in the service industry, where the customer is always right, we who suffered from the wrongs of his own employees dont even get an "i will talk to them" or "i am sorry that this happened in my restaurant i will do everything i can to help u" nothing comforting or somewhat helpful whatsoever. a manager that does not place his customers as priority to me is reflective of someone who does not belong in a business whos sole purpose is to serve and deliver excellent service. and i would not want to be supportive of a business that does not take care of its customers. bad behaviour of a restaurants employess makes me seriously question every aspect of the restaurant, if the employees are not going to respect its customers then can you imagine what happens in that kitchen? good food has to be accompanied by great service
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