I recently went to try Prepkitchen Little Italy in San Diego, CA for San Diego Restaurant Week. It was a $30 three-course meal, but I went with some friends, and was able to taste some of the items as well! It’s a casual restaurant, great for a night just out with friends.
For my first course, I had the Crispy Pork Belly, which I thought was delicious. It was a bigger portion size than I had thought I’d get. The meat was nice and fatty, tender and easy to cut into. It was a little sweet due to the molasses, but that was balanced with the farro on the plate. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I don’t really understand why it’s called “crispy”, when it wasn’t really.
My friends tried the Cutting Board, which came with an assortment of cured meats (sopressata, terrine, pate), bleu cheese, candied walnuts, olives, pickled vegetables, and bread. That definitely was bigger than I had expected! I tried a piece my friend put together with pork and cheese. Tasted really good, but I couldn’t see myself eating the whole thing. It seemed more like a sharing appetizer than a single-person serving like the pork belly.
For my main course, I had the Fresh Catch, which for that day was a pan fried mahi mahi with roasted fingerling potatoes, baby broccoli, and a blood orange sauce. Didn’t care much for the sauce, but the vegetables complimented the fish nicely. The fish was, to my delight, just perfect, still moist in the inside, and not overcooked. I usually steer away from fish at restaurants because its tendency to be dry, but this was great! The only thing about this dish is that it definitely seemed smaller portioned than the other main courses, so if you’re hungry, this is not for you.
The two other dishes I got to try was the Baked Rigotoni and thePorter Braised Beef Chuck (not pictured). The Baked Rigotoni probably impressed me the least out of the three entrees, as it just tasted to me like baked pasta in a creme sauce, with shreaded pieces of lamb mixed in. It was fairly big though - neither of my friends who ordered it finished. The Braised Beef was probably the dish that our group liked the most! It was a huge chunk of braised beef that fell apart as soon as you touched it with a fork, served over a large, creamy pile of mashed potatoes. My friend died with each bite.
For dessert, I ordered the Flourless Chocolate Cake, a dense, rich chunk of chocolate-y goodness with a delicious creme fraiche on the side. The whipped creme fraiche really made the dish for me, because usually I don’t like eating things that are too rich, and it made each bit a little lighter and less sweet.
My friends ordered the Sticky Toffee Pudding, which isn’t like the pudding normally expect. It should be described more as a dense flan that was toffee flavored. I think the sauce that pooled at the bottom of the plate was unnecessary (probably just there for garnish) as it was already pretty sweet.
Overall, I was satisfied with my meal here. Though it got a little loud sometimes and it got a little hard to talk, but when the food came out, we were all definitely too engrossed in our food to talk. The food was well-prepared, simple concepts that seemed to satisfy our tastebuds and our stomachs. I definitely would send people here to try, and would come back to try out their regular menu!