It’s been quite a while since we visited Whisknladle. Recently we had some friends visiting and I thought this would be a perfect place for dinner, especially since they offer a large selection of small plates that are great for sharing.
Whisknladle’s menu changes often and rather than divide their menu up into sections, everything is listed together. The top menu items are more appetizer-style portions, with the lower listings being the entree portions.
I’ve always found that I enjoy Whisknladle’s small plates better than their entrees, so we decided to just order a lot of the small plates to share. We came on a good night with a lot of more “adventurous” options.
Whisknladle serves one of my favorite cutting boards in San Diego. There’s always a good selection of olives, meats and cheeses.
Crispy Pig Ears
This is a dish that seems to be trending. I first had it at Animal a few years ago and have seen it gradually pop up on more menus. I really enjoyed the version here and it was our favorite dish of the night. The pig ears were light and crispy, accompanied by a mildly sweet sauce. We mixed in the runny egg yolk which added some creaminess. The fresh herbs and greens kept the dish from being too heavy. For those that are squeamish about eating cartilage, this is a good introduction.
Ravioli stuffed with bone marrow
The mini ravioli were adorable and I loved the colorful blood orange garnish.
Braised and Glazed Sweet Breads
Fried sweet breads were accompanied by mushrooms, carrots and turnips. I enjoyed the earthiness of the vegetables, but found the sauce a tad too sweet.
Octopus “a la Plancha” | Chino Potatoes, Arugula, Toasted Garlic & Romesco
This was a little too heavy on the starch for my preference. The octopus was tender, but I could have done with less potatoes.
Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Gnudi
The gnudi were quite large, but very soft and light.
Overall, we had a good meal here. I think the entrees are a little overpriced so we tend to stick to the small plates. The menu changes daily, which is great, though sometimes frustrating if you don’t see the items you want offered that day. The restaurant is usually quite packed so reservations are recommended.
1044 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92039