Restaurant Reviews

Sabio on Main

November 5, 2015
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
From the service to the food, this was one of the best experiences I have had recently. Brunch was AMAZING!
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

Sabio on Main recently graced Pleasanton with their presence in early September. This is the first restaurant for the owner while their Chef, Francis Hogan, and his sous-chef came from Bluestem Brasserie in SF. Their dinner is a “wordly” tapas menu with great attention to detail. They source their ingredients locally and focus on doing things in house (animals are brought in whole). This past week they introduced brunch.I noticed as soon as I walked in (and throughout my meal) that everyone was super nice and very welcoming. From the hostess to the waiters, it was a very personal and friendly treatment. The restaurant, although spacious and quite large, feels inviting. The decor is influenced by various places and things, but somehow comes together nicely. They also get a lot of natural light, which during brunch time is great!

What we ate:

  • Kir Royal ($12)
  • El Sabio Sangria ($10)
  • Rose Street Mary ($14)
  • Smoked Liberty Duck Breast Croque Monsieur ($15)
  • Smashed Avocado Toast ($10)
  • Eggs Benedict ($14)
  • Granola Crusted French Toast ($13)
  • P-Town Fry ($13)
  • Whole Wheat Pancakes ($13)
  • New Orleans Style Beignets ($13)


Disclaimer: The pictures represent a portion of their full size dishes – this is so I could try various dishes on the menu.
​The Kir Royal was a nice change from a Mimosa, but I think I prefer the latter. This is great for anyone who is craving something bubbly, but doesn’t necessarily want the heaviness that comes with a mimosa.

The sangria was sweeter than most with the addition of Liquor 43; it went down easy and had a lot of flavor.

The bloody mary was the real winner though; it was delicious! This is a huge compliment because last time I tried one my face became a family meme. Everything about a bloody mary is a turn off: the idea of vodka and tomatoes, celery and the fact that most of those things don’t cover the intense vodka flavor. I was hesitant to try Sabio’s “Rose Street Mary”, but I was so pleasantly surprised. You could taste the tomatoes (which tasted like actual tomatoes and not some watered down, cheap juice), the vodka was masked and it had a great punch that I haven’t experienced before. Hands down the best and only bloody mary I’ve actually enjoyed. It was so good I would actually order this over the other drinks I tried.

The French toast was AMAZING!!!! Let me repeat: AMAZING! While the menu lists it as granola crusted, the description is really more telling. This soft, gooey perfection has apple compote with bourbon chantilly and a perfectly bruleed marshmallow. It’s sweet without being overpowering and super flavorful.
This eggs benedict was incredible; the serrano ham really pulled the dish together and everything from the egg to the sauce was perfection!

Hands down best avocado toast I’ve ever had. There’s only so much you can do with avocado and bread and while I have loved every one I have tried, Sabio’s has them beat. The combination of quail eggs, siracha, sea salt and avocado is brilliant. I would’ve happily eaten another 5. It was a salty, spicy, creamy perfection!!

The Croque Monsieur was the only thing I didn’t love. It was very different (made with duck), but that isn’t what turned me off, I guess I just wouldn’t order it as a brunch item. It’s very rich and very heavy and I enjoyed everything else so much more. If you order this, make sure you’re hungry.

The real star of this P. Town Fry was the shrimp; they were crispy and full of flavor. The arugula added much needed freshness and the whole dish came together nicely. While I enjoyed this, I would have to go with any of the other dishes next time because they were simply on another level.

These pancakes were absolutely divine! Don’t let the “whole wheat” part fool you. I tried making whole wheat pancakes at my house last week and all I kept thinking is, these are good for being “healthy”, but they don’t compare. These pancakes, however, were amazing and I couldn’t tell the difference. Plus, it didn’t hurt that the batter had bacon and the pancakes were topped with peanut butter maple syrup and caramelized bananas. I would HIGHLY recommend this dish!

The story behind these beignets is very cool:

The chef met a Pleasanton resident who happens to be a pilot and own a farm in Hawaii where she grows coffee beans, macadamia nuts and cacao. He was inspired to make a dish that showcases all the ingredients grown on her property. They source everything from her and it shows, the ingredients feel decadent and not mass produced. The macadamia nuts have a certain flavor (a little smokey, a little spicy) and the mocha dipping sauce is nice and rich. I did prefer the beignets alone, but loved the chocolate and macadamia nuts together.

The whole meal was phenomenal and I enjoyed every bite. I haven’t tried a new place in which I was this impressed in a while. Well done Sabio, all that’s left to do now is figure out how quickly I can get back there.

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