Sabatino’s Trattoria and Bar

I don’t eat at Italian restaurants in this town because most of them are awful. There are exceptions to every rule though, and Sabatino’s in South Surrey is actually pretty great. My Twitter pal Jeremy, who works at Sabatino’s, asked me if I wanted to come down and give their menu a try a few weeks ago. I haven’t been to Peninsula Village, the strip mall that Sabatino’s calls home, in a LONG time. The Starbucks is now a Papa Murphy’s. Hampton’s, a sports bar I used to be a regular at, is now Cora. In other news I’m old and change scares me.

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Let’s get to the food. First up I had the Arancini di Riso. Sicilian deep-fried risotto rolls, stuffed with spinach & mozzarella served with marinara sauce. As risotto balls go these were really nice. Creamy, crispy on the outside, hot, rich, and seasoned perfectly. The marinara was on point too. Did I mention they have Fat Tug IPA? Ya, they do, in 650ml bombers. Risotto balls and IPA are a tasty combo.

Inside the balls.
This is what the Risotto balls look like right before you burn your eye.

Next I had Insalata Sabatino’s, romaine lettuce, crumbled goranzolla cheese, crispy prosciutto, red onions, served with Sabatino’s “signature house dressing”. What a great refresher after the rich risotto. Crisp, fresh romaine, salty prosciutto, I really liked this simple salad.

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For my main Jeremy recommended the Chicken Piccata, chicken breasts with capers and lemon butter, herb roasted potatoes, and veggies. I don’t think this dish will win any plating awards but who cares. What it lacks in presentation it makes up for in flavour. The sauce was rich with a citrus note that worked with the capers. The potatoes and veg were, well, potatoes and veg. Nothing earth shattering there. The chicken itself was cooked just right, not too dry. I’d order this again.

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Dessert was a WFLBC favourite, Crème Brûlée. As most of you know if there’s Crème Brûlée on a menu it’s going to end up in my mouth. This was a fairly average version of my favourite dessert that had been made sometime earlier and refrigerated. I’d rather have it fresh with the caramelized sugar still hot and the custard a little more “loose” from the torch. You can’t win them all.

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Overall Sabatino’s is very good and I’d recommend it to anyone craving Italian. Also having some decent beer on the menu helps, put that Fat Tug on tap and South Fraser Beer Club will put you on their list!

Twitter – @gm_sabatinos

Facebook – Sabatinos-Trattoria

Web – sabatinostrattoria.com

Scott.

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My favourite eats of 2013

2013 was a good year for my taste buds, maybe not so much for my pant size. Here’s some of my favourite meals from 2013!

Sous Vide Lamb
Sous Vide Lamb – Mosaic Bar and Grill
Cauliflower steak
Cauliflower steak – Mosaic Bar and Grill
Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter.
Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter – Edith and Arthur Public House
Nigiri
Nigiri – Noma Sushi
Chipotle Braised Pork Belly
Chipotle Braised Pork Belly – Sharkey’s Seafood Bar and Grille
Queso Fundido
Queso Fundido – La Mezcaleria
Peace Country Lamb Chop
Peace Country Lamb Chop – Cache Bistro
Sexy sexy cheese skirt
Sexy sexy cheese skirt – Gordy’s Cafe
Fantastic risotto and another great wine pairing.
Risotto – Mosaic Bar and Grill
Tuna Tataki
Tuna Tataki – Rajio Public House
Mini carpaccio
Mini Seafood Carpaccio – Rajio Public House
Tacos, so hot right now. Tacos.
Tacos, so hot right now. Tacos – The Taco Shack
Albacore Tuna Nicoise Salad
Albacore Tuna Nicoise Salad – Grain Tasting Bar
3 piece snack pack
Fried Chicken – Mags 99 Fried Chicken and Mexican Cantina
The Brownstone Burger
The Brownstone Burger – Mr. Brownstone
Lobster Mac and Cheese
Lobster Mac and Cheese – Mr. Brownstone
Buffalo Brats
Buffalo Brats – Beast and Brine
Amazing Avonlea clothbound cheddar
Amazing Avonlea clothbound cheddar – Beast and Brine
Heritage Bacon (The BEST)
Heritage Bacon (The BEST) – Beast and Brine
Nat's Pizza
Mac and Cheese pizza (and pepperoni but…) – Nat’s New York Pizzeria
Porchetta goodness
Porchetta goodness – Meat and Bread
Crab Cakes
Crab Cakes – Eight and a Half Resto-lounge
Chacuterie Board - Alta Bistro
Chacuterie Board – Alta Bistro
Chili Prawns - Tap Restaurant
Chili Prawns – Tap Restaurant
Braised Beef Cheek with Risotto - Goodwolfe Kitchen and Bar
Braised Beef Cheek with Risotto – Goodwolfe Kitchen and Bar
No WFLBC list would be complete without BBQ! - Hog Shack Cook House
No WFLBC list would be complete without BBQ! – Hog Shack Cook House

Let’s see what 2014 puts on my plate!

Scott.