Friday, September 30, 2011

Eat Here: Oasis Grille

For my birthday last week my husband surprised me and took me to a mediterranean restaurant. Back when we were honeymooning we ate at a Greek restaurant and loved it. It was our first time and we instantly fell in love with the diverse flavors and textures associated with Mediterranean food. For my birthday we went to a restaurant called the Oasis Grille, located under offices belonging to psychotherapists and psychologists on busy Main Street in Pleasanton.
We were ushered to the patio seating, which was an enclosed garden near the street. The weather was perfect and the city garden aura was a nice junction of relaxation and suburbianism. The flowers were in full bloom, overwhelming their stone confinements. Towering oak trees gave plenty of shade and purple morning glories, white roses, and fuchsia bleeding hearts filled the air with their delightful scents.
The time of day we arrived let us partake in the half-off appetizers. We went with the global cheese tray, which arrived with brie topped with glazed walnuts, feta with tomato, and basil chiffonade, and goat cheese with dried cranberries. A basket of warm flat bread with butter accompanied the cheeses. We also ordered the half-off marinated olives, which were quite flavorful. The cheeses were delicious and fresh.
For dinner we ordered the rack of lamb, medium, with mashed potatoes, and the filet mignon kabob, medium rare, with rice and satzi, a greek-style sauteed spinach with lemon.
The flat bread was, well, flat bread. My husband didn't care for it, but I was expecting it. We tend to enjoy those yeasty breads that melt in your mouth like a gluten-laden version of savory cotton candy. The rack of lamb was well done, but flavorful. The garlic mashed potatoes were not as flavorful as I was hoping, but the red pepper puree that accompanied the lamb was delicious! It was a bit spicy and added a lot of flavor to the dish.
The kabob arrived well done, but was immediately snatched up by the waiter to be corrected. A large portion of lightly seasoned rice was piled on the plate and the sauteed spinach was flavorful and satisfying. Overall, I would definitely return, but probably stick with the appetizers, which seem to be where the chef really shines.

780 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 417-8438

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