Barrel Club Brunch rolls out at LB Steakhouse in San Jose

by foodhoe on June 18, 2019

334 Santana Row, Ste 1000, San Jose  |  408.244.1180 | website

Last weekend I was invited to a sneak preview of the new over-the-top Barrel Club Brunch menu at LB Steakhouse on Santana Row in San Jose.  Starting this weekend the new menu will be served on Saturdays and Sundays with a kick-off event on June 22 to introduce their new menu with Steak and Eggs Your Way, Wagyu Loco Moco, Fancy Toast with smoked salmon and caviar, or Barrel French Toast among other delectables; there will be a roaming whiskey cart to select your own spirits from, or choose your own craft cocktail from their specialty satellite barrel bar, listen (and dance) to live music, and more!  No advance tickets necessary, but reservations are recommended.  The whiskey barrel pictured below was the centerpiece of the elegant table.

The first thing you see when you walk in the entrance is an old school meat locker, displaying some impressive chops.

Check out these tomahawk steaks!

Everywhere you look the vibe is sleek and modern, which just makes everyone look good.

Our group of camera wielding influencers were seated in the lovely patio on a very long communal table.

We started with the Fancy Toast ($19) made from thick slices of olive bread, layered with sun-dried tomato tapenade, smashed avocado, a sunny side up egg, and served with a brightly flavored arugula salad with pickled vegetables.  Recommended variations are to add smoked salmon ($26), or add 1/2 oz Tsar Nicoulaai classic caviar ($30).

I say you might as well go all the way, the combination of smoked salmon with fried egg topped with caviar was fabulous and decadent!

We loved the Barrel French Toast, corn flake-crusted batard, bourbon berry compote, lavender cream ($17).  The crust had a wonderfully dense crunch and it was not soggy or custardy on the inside, and went perfectly with the fruit compote and rich fragrant cream (although I seriously could have used a quadruple shot of that delicious lavendar cream, I mean look at the cream to french toast ratio!)…

Fried Chicken and Cornbread ($24), battered half breast with the bones removed covered with a rich savory pork belly sausage gravy, the jalapeño cornbread was topped with melted cheese and topped with bourbon pecan butter.

Here is Chef Roger who came out and introduced each dish to us, he created the black truffle infused edible gold dust, and proceeded to gild the lily on many of the dishes.

This was my favorite dish, called Let’s Get Loco ($20), a rich and decadent loco moco made with a rich wagyu beef patty topped with a savory pork belly gravy, served over jasmine rice, which was made even more delicious when mixed up with the runny yolk of the sunny side up egg, and a side of macaroni salad.

The Everything Benedict, poached eggs served on dungeness crab cakes on top of everything bagel slices and topped with a rich hollandaise sauce ($23) served with tater tots.  There were a lot of baskets filled with the savory tots, some were drizzled with black truffle infused oil, and some were sprinkled with chives.  This was super delicious!

The signature dish is Steak and Eggs your way where you can choose from three different cuts (New York strip, filet mignon, or boneless ribeye) to pair with eggs and tots.  This is my favorite, a juicy tender filet mignon.  The powdery stuff is the edible gold dust that melts when it contacts the heat and juices and starts to look like liquid gold…

The dish is sprinkled with micro shiso greens and edible flowers, it is a beautiful presentation.  The steak is nicely charred, but very tender and juicy – and everything is so moreish with the truffle tater tots!

This is one of the handmade cocktails, a refreshing Lillet Spritzer, made with Lillet rose tonic, prosecco, cucumber and mint ($16), the other special cocktails were an Irish coffee made with Tullamore Dew, Grand Marnier whipped cream and brown sugar, and a Tangerine Mimosa Float with tangerine sorbet, sparkling wine, raspberry and fresh mint.

The property has a rustic elegance, this dining room has brick and distressed wood panels and the tall ceilings are all gussied up with glittering crystal chandeliers.

I loved the venue, I loved the food, and it’s right in the middle of Santana Row, which is an excellent spot to start your weekend!

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Kirk June 24, 2019 at 6:56 am

That toast looks really good FH. Glad to have a nice variety of new posts!

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