After reading all the praise about Sable, we were eager to try it. Dear friends were in from Vancouver this weekend so we booked a table.
What we loved:
The cocktail menu is indeed amazing and the drinks were also excellent. Between the four of us we tried a good variety and everyone was happy.
Our waiter was very knowledgeable, friendly, available and in no way unctuous. I hate waiters who practically sit down at the table with you.
The price is very reasonable. We ordered 9 or 10 small plates, 3 cocktails and maybe 5 or 6 glasses of wine and it came out to about $65 per person.
Heather, the executive chef, was out front serving and greeting. Nice. Reminded me of Stephanie Izard.
Deviled eggs with truffle oil were outstanding.
Loved the wild mushroom sliders.
Graham cracker crusted calamari were perfectly cooked and slightly sweet.
Wonderful rhubarb crunch desert.
What we didn't love:
In spite of the praise I've read, the corn creme brulee was just a corn pudding. The brulee top was sweet/salty and that was nice, but not worth the hype. Wouldn't order it again.
I love short ribs, but the short rib sliders were dry. I left them on my plate after a bite.
It felt more like a really good bar with great food than a really good restaurant with great drinks. That's not necessarily bad, but just not what I had expected.
I agree about the sweet corn creme brulee - It was ok, but not great.
Of course I had recently had foie gras creme brulee at Sage in Las Vegas and was comparing to that dish :-) Now that was amazing!
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I still think the sweet corn creme brulee is one of the best dishes I've had in the past year, with its "yin yang" of caramelized sugar and cracked sea salt on top. (Also, the silky consistency of the custard in a creme brulee is nothing like that of a starch-thickened pudding.) So I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on that one.
Glad you enjoyed your dinner there so much!
re: ms. mika
I can't think of a restaurant serving corn pudding (with OR without a brulee top) - at least, not since Hat Dance morphed into Nacional 27, and that was about 13 years ago. I'd like to try some corn pudding (even though I know the texture and taste are entirely different from the sweet corn creme brulee at Sable). Please, do tell where corn pudding is being served!
I'd better stop recommending Sable to others; I see that reservations are a lot tougher to get on Opentable now! :)