Just 5 minutes off of the I-680 freeway is the pleasant, downtown area of Pleasanton, with, from what we could see, lots of restaurants and shops. We found Lokanta on Yelp as we were traveling through the area. It was easy to find, with a parking lot in back of the restaurant, for easy parking. Lokanta is housed in a beautiful building that blends the best of rustic and modern, and is relaxing and interesting at the same time.
We were lucky to visit Lokanta for brunch on a Saturday and found the menu full of Mediterranean cuisine, salads, sandwiches, with omelets and other breakfast items as well. We both ordered iced teas, which were quite good, having what I thought was a hint of cinnamon, but we were told it was orange spice. It was refreshing and good. Next, out came some homemade rolls and olive oil with chopped up olives in it. Both the rolls and the olive oil were delicious.
I ordered the Meze Sampler, which came with the usual Mediterranean fare of humus, tzatkiki, babaganoush, two dolmas, giant beans, and mixed olives with pita bread. It was in the Appetizer section of the menu, but it was plenty as a lunch for me. It was really good. The babaganoush was chunky, as opposed to the usual smooth kind, and had a great smoky flavor. The dolmas were really good, and did not appear to be soaked in oil, as they usually are, which was a nice change of pace. The waitress said that they get their yogurt for the tzatkiki from Turkey. Everything was great.
My husband ordered the Grilled Salmon Sandwich with capers, butter lettuce, and cilantro lime mayonnaise. It came with a nice salad. He said that everything was really good. The rolls, pita, and sandwich buns are house made.
Our waitress was really good, professional, and seemed genuinely nice. She knew the menu and was able to make good recommendations.
I can’t wait to go back to Lokanta the next time we are in the area. I would like to try something from their cocktail menu, as they have a full bar and have what looks like some interesting, delicious cocktails, although a little on the pricey side, at $9-12 per drink. Don’t let the drink prices deter you, as the prices for the brunch items we had were good, especially for the quality.
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