Saturday, April 9, 2016

The other Mediterranean

Pleasanton, California, April 7, 2016—
DINNER WITH A COUSIN in a town we've never visited, in a small-plates-and-flatbreads place that turned out some pretty good food. My companion was enthusiastic about her salmon, a fish I never associate with the Mediterranean: it was grilled and garnished with tomatoes and lots of capers.

I was happy with these two little lamb chops, grilled to just the right point — the waiter made a point of asking how I'd like them — and served with grilled asparagus and a red pepper coulis, I suppose you'd call it.

Viognier, Bonterra (Organic; Mendocino County), 2013: quite nice
•Oasis Grille, 780 Main Street, Pleasanton; 925.417.8438

RESTAURANTS VISITED, with information and rating: 2016
(2015 restaurants)

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