Keith and I recently had a delectable dinner at the delightful Encuentro Cafe and Wine Bar in Oakland, California.
Here’s a description of Encuentro from their website: “encuentro is the latest addition to the New Jack London District dining scene. This intimate and casual café is the collaboration between Eric Tucker (executive chef at Millennium Restaurant in San Francisco), Lacey Sher (former owner of Down To Earth Restaurant in Red Bank, New Jersey), and Linda Braz. Encuentro means “to meet, gather, encounter” and encuentro will embody exactly that – a neighborhood wine bar and café featuring an eclectic mix of organic/sustainable wines from small, local and old world vintners. Our menu will highlight simple, flavorful, organic and local, vegetarian cuisine in the style of enotecas and tapas bars including bocadillos, hearty salads, local cheeses, small plates, artisanal chocolates and sweets utilizing seasonal and market driven ingredients. In addition to an extensive wine menu, we will serve small brewery beers, organic teas, coffee, and artisanal non-alcoholic beverages.”
Encuentro’s menu is almost entirely vegan and their dishes are fresh, delicious and creative. Everything that we tried was a real treat. Here’s what we ordered:
- Herb and orange marinated olives – yum!
- Sun-dried tomato chickpea spread with roasted garlic oil and toasted sesame served with crostini or gem lettuce
- Herb roasted potatoes with caper aioli – best aioli everrrrrr!
- Tempeh Bac-un, heirloom tomato, arugula, romaine, basil mayo on ciabatta
- Vegan three cheese platter with prune chutney, grain mustard, walnut honey, seasonal fruit (the cheeses were all fantastic – smoked pecan, macadamia nut, and herbed cashew)
- coconut creme brulee
- summer stone fruit parfait
We will definitely be going back to enjoy this little slice of heaven soon and often.