When Leigh from Flavorhood Oakland asked me to go to dinner at Shakewell, I immediately said YES. It’s a Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant that just opened a couple weeks ago on Lakeshore Avenue. We sat at the bar and had cocktails, dinner and, of course, dessert. Here are the details:
This was my favorite cocktail: El Matador (with bourbon, cocchi di torino, alvear sherry, SW mole bitters, dark chocolate, $10). After reading the ingredients, I thought it might be heavy, but it turned out to be surprisingly light…and complex.
We ordered the Roasted Beets (with burrata, toasted quinoa, hazelnuts, arugula, mint, $12). Leigh doesn’t really like beets, but she loved this dish. It was so flavorful, fresh and texturally interesting. Seriously, the gooey cheese was great with the roasted beets and the unexpected crunch from the toasted quinoa.
We were going to order a Bomba, which is similar to paella but the the guy sitting next to us ordered the steak and it looked amazing. For real..my picture doesn’t do it justice. Plus, his friend ordered a Bomba and said it was just OK, so that helped us decide on this beauty. Luckily, our Grilled Bistro Steak (with fingerling potatoes, artichokes, piri piri sauce, $24) turned out to taste as good as it looked. The flavors were bold without being overwhelming, and everything was cooked to perfection.
The Chicken Albondigas (Pimenton, tomato, fino sherry, almonds, marjoram, $13) were flavorful and tender, but slightly dry in the middle. They were tasty, but the other two dishes were delicious. You know what I mean?
We couldn’t decide on a dessert, so we ordered two! The Blackberry Tart (with manchego cheese, $8) was crumbly on the outside and jammy in the middle, and the cheese added a contrasting flavor.
The Churros (with spiced bittersweet chocolate sauce, $7) came highly recommended, so I know they can be great. Ours, unfortunately, weren’t fried enough, so the center was slightly raw. That chocolate sauce though…I wanted to dive in, face first.
The food was interesting and memorable, but service was incredibly slow. If you go in the next few weeks, you probably shouldn’t sit at the bar. Hopefully, they’ll work it out soon because this could be a GREAT addition to the Oakland restaurant community.
3407 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland