The first stop on a mini trip down San Diego’s way is La Jolla’s Nine-Ten restaurant. The Monster skipped breakfast so he’s frothing at the mouth and possibly losing his mind.
For one of the top restaurants in the area it’s marvelously ugly. While the windows looking on to Prospect Street do let in a good amount of light the horrible art and nauseating booths combine with fake plants and tacky chairs to make the space appear like an upscale stab at Denny’s.
The lunch menu finds salads, sandwiches, entrees, dessert and cheeses.
The salads are blah, blah, blah so hungry, might kill someone. As for sandwiches, Feed The Monster! Or perhaps…need bread now.
Eggplant and bell pepper soup is the special of the day and The Monster orders it hoping it will arrive post haste.
The entree calls are house made pasta, duck confit, roasted butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, parmesan along with harissa grilled shrimp, fennel risotto, meyer lemon, eggplant.
The soup arrives and it is vaguely tasteless. Hungry Monster does not care. It is food. It is gone in .3 nanoseconds. The Monster proceeds to lick the plate clean and then eat the bowl as well.
As for the shrimp, they are hot while the risotto is cold and does not taste of fennel in the least. The dish is fine. Which is to say a disappointment.
The pasta fares better. Al dente, with a generous portion of duck. The sauce however is watery.
For dessert the signature half baked chocolate cake with caramel sauce and vanilla bean ice cream is the call. And finally there is something to applaud. It’s decadent and delicious and reminds The Monster of a grown up sundae.
Service is friendly and on nice days there is a large patio on which you can forget you’re overpaying for mediocre food.
All that being said, taking a look at the dinner menu it appears to be an entirely different ballgame. The Monster won’t find out, he’s not coming back.
Why go? You love Denny’s.
Monster rating 2/5 Monsters
910 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037