Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Greater East Bay: Pleasanton, Sabio on Main


Sabio on Main  501 Main St./Rose Ave., located behind Starbucks in Pastime Plaza, facing Rose Ave., (925) 800-3090.  D daily, Sat-Sun Br.  Perhaps the classiest restaurant on this busy main street, Sabio--whose name means “wise” in Spanish--specializes in global tapas served with fine wines and artisan cocktails.  The California-centric wine list focuses on small local producers, cult and hard-to-get wines, and out-of-the-ordinary grapes and regions, and the latest technology is used to allow keeping more than 30 wines available by the glass.  Locally sourced craft beers are also available.  Seating is available at the bar (which features an arched undulating barrel-stave ceiling treatment, plus a dramatic wall of wine displaying the restaurant's extensive selection), in a bank of private booths, and at tables and chairs, plus outside dining is also an option.  Menu winners from the kitchen of Francis X. Hogan include tasty, fragrant, and even pretty (it’s the green garnish) chicken meatballs; meaty Gulf shrimp with satisfyingly crispy grits squares and Maitake mushroom gravy; and grass-fed flat-iron steak served with a cute little sunny-side up quail egg, colorful and garlicky chimichurri sauce, and tasty potatoes fried in duck fat.  Hope that on the menu when you visit is a delicious, warm, Sonoma goat cheese tart with colorful stone fruit from K & J in Winters and candied macadamias.  We enjoyed our meal with a dry, cool, blush-pink 2016 Vin Gris of Grenache from The Steven Kent Winery.  


bar at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California
bar at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California


booths at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California
booths at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California
 
2016 Vin Gris of Grenache from The Steven Kent Winery at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California
2016 Vin Gris of Grenache from The Steven Kent Winery at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California

salad at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California
salad at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California

chicken meatball at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California
chicken meatball at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California

Gulf shrimp at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California
Gulf shrimp at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California

steak with quail egg at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California
steak with quail egg at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California

fruit tart at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California
fruit tart at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California
Chef Francis X. Hogan at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California
Chef Francis X. Hogan at Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, California
Sabio on Main Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 


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