Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sable Kitchen and Bar

A while back, my friend / PR rep / old 4th roommate Rachel held an event for her work at the Palomar Hotel. As a thank you for they're valued clientele, the hotel invited them (and me as a guest) to their restaurant Sable. I'd heard quite a bit about the place (mostly about their drinks), and I was really excited to check it out first hand.

Sable's right off the corner of Grand and State. Right when you walk in you're smack dab in a trendy bar (even if they do have a tacky video of a fake fire on the wall). After getting through the bar they have a restaurant in back. We went for lunch and had the back room reserved, so I don't know what it takes to get in. I'd suggest a reservation with any decent sized party, but you can probably walk in with a two top.

The service was excellent, and everyone was very knowledgeable about the food. The big deal was that they have a mixologist. Everyone at the lunch had to go back to work after lunch, but I'm just on break from school. Basically, I was the only one drinking, but I couldn't pass up a chance at these famous cocktails.

The event was covered, but in general the pricing can be all over the place. You could easily come in for drinks and get a few small plates around $5 each. At the same time, you could go for a nice seafood or meat dish in the $20 range. Or like in our case a lunch would probably run you somewhere in the teens without drinks. Portion sizes were excellent, and the drinks even came with a small extra carafe on the side.

The Food
We started with a bunch of appetizers for the table including Deviled Eggs, Bacon Wrapped Dates, a Roasted Pepper and Sausage Flat Bread, and a Garden Salad. I really love deviled eggs, and these were pretty standard besides a bunch of extra truffle shaved on top. The dates had some goat cheese on the inside which was a nice spin. The flat bread was really tasty and had a nice crunch to it. Although lots of people didn't really like the salad, I was a big fan. It was very lightly dressed (too light for most), but it was a great palate cleanser before the entrees. Also, for my drink I ordered The Birthright (Old Heaven Hill Bourbon with Garam Masala Syrup). It tasted like bourbon with a slight Indian spice to it. Normally I'd go for something pretty straight, but this was a nice diversion from my usual drink.

The Birthright

The Deviled Egg

The Bacon Wrapped Date

 The Pepper and Sausage Flat Bread
 The Garden Salad

For our entrees Rachel got the Mushroom and Wild Rice Burger, and I got the Steak Sandwich. The Steak was cooked properly and had a nice bun, but it was smothered in a cheese sauce that was very unnecessary. I still really enjoyed it except that one end had some tendon in it that made the sandwich really difficult to bite in to. The Fries that it came with were alright, but I would've liked something more out of a bar style restaurant. Rachel's vegetarian burger was awesome. It's tough to come across something that's not just a mash of black beans and soy in a veggie burger. The rice gave it a really interesting texture, and the caramelized onions and goat cheese added a ton of flavor. This was one of the best veggie burgers I've had in a long time.

The Wild Mushroom and Rice Burger

The Steak Sandwich

Sable has a really trendy feel to it that would usually keep me away a bit, but I really enjoyed my lunch. The drinks are very cool and take an interesting look at standard things you might like. Some items were much stronger than others on the menu, but if you're looking for a great veggie burger then this is your place. I'm giving Sable 3 out of 5 Pearls.

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  1. I LOVE Kimpton hotels. I eat at The Atwood Cafe all the time and find it very dependable and friendly. Also remember having a great meal at South Water Kitchen in The Monaco ages ago. Will make it to Sable eventually!

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