The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Love this restaurant and the 10-course meal did not disappoint... reasonable price, good portions, great taste!
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
I have been dreaming about Sabio on Main's brunch since I reviewed it a while back so when I heard that they were offering a 10-course tasting menu I knew I had to go! This newer restaurant has everything I want: a great chef, friendly staff, wonderful service, and delicious food. The fact that I'm willing to drive an hour should be testament enough.
Mon - Thurs 5pm - 9:30pm
Fri - Sat 5pm - 10pm
Sun 4pm - 9pm
Sat - Sun 11am - 2pm
Mon - Fri 11:30am - 2pm
What I ate/drank:
- 10-Course Tasting Meal ($85 per person)*
- Wine Pairing ($50 per person)
*The price of the meal does fluctuate depending on the menu.
Grilled Spanish Octopus Pintxo, Zuckerman Potato, Meyer Lemon Olive, Sweety Drop Pepper
Tortilla Espagnole, Salsa Verde, Chorizo, Arbequina Oil
First Generation Farms Delta Asparagus, Pancetta Vinaigrette, Meyer Lemon, Gremolata
Paired with: 2015 Rose, Luli, Central Coast
Bacon Wrapped Devil's Gulch Rabbit, Romanesco, Cara Cara Marmalade, Rosemary Jus
Paired with: 2011 Pinot Noir, Sander Wine Co., SLH
Wagyu Bavette, Vietnamese Cabbage Slaw, Toasted Peanuts, Puffed Rice Noodles
Paired with: 2o13 Grenache, Skylark, Mendocino
Twin Sisters "Whatcom Blue", Compressed Fennel, Quince Jam, Marcona Almonds, Port Gastrique
Caramelized White Chocolate & Bacon Donuts, Sage Creme Chantilly
Paired with: Cyrus Noble Bourbon, San Francisco
While I won't give my thoughts on every dish, there were a lot (and they also gave us a few extras, like soup to start)! I thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and would definitely recommend it. Most items can't be found on their regular menu, I did star (*) the courses that can be ordered separately. The idea is to showcase the ingredients. Sabio sources their produce from local farmers and turns them into a sophisticated, but casual and fun dinner. I thought the sommelier did a great job with the pairings, they complemented the dish and I didn't feel like I was racing to finish my drink before the other showed up.
The octopus is a must order, the meyer lemon stuffed olive made me fall in love. The flavors meshed so well and the sweet, salty and savory as well as different textures, definitely takes you on an adventure.
The rabbit and duck mousse was an explosion of flavor. The house bread was a perfect crunchy canvas for the sweet jam and smooth mousse. The kumquat really took everything from winner to orgasmic; the citrus enhanced the flavors.
Crispy quail was another star; the taste was so rich and the bird so crunchy. Can I take this in a bucket to go?
I love asparagus, but I didn't know that I could want to marry it. The gremolata really did it for me, the lemon kick and crunch from the bread crumbs was everything I never knew I wanted.
The doughnuts were orgasmic! I inquired and found out you can order these to-go and in bulk if you call ahead. They were perfection; not too sweet with a savory kick from the sage and the chantilly cream sealed the deal. They also didn't feel heavy, I had no problem eating both 🙂