Sabine is a bright, open restaurant serving up delicious dishes in Ballard. They have a beautiful, spacious outdoor space as well that is perfect for the warm, sunny weather we are coming up on. If you’re checking them out on the weekend, make sure to get there early or be prepared for a bit of a wait. The wait is definitely worth it and moves fairly quickly, but don’t expect to walk in and order quickly! I do love the way they have their line set up though – you order up front and then grab a table and they bring your food out, so it seems like tables turn a little quicker versus a sit-down service. Sabine is serving up Lebanese/Mediterranean inspired dishes from shakshuka to hummus to pastrami and so much more in-between.
They have a great menu with tons of delicious dishes. I seriously did not see one thing on the menu that I wouldn’t try. They’ve got elevated toasts, salads and bowls, sandwiches, brunch dishes, and some sweets to end the meal on an even higher note. We went for Sunday brunch and got there before it got too busy, so we were able to really soak in all it has to offer and not wait at all – we walked right up and were able to order! We opted for the Breakfast Sandwich ($12), Falafel Bowl ($12), and Hummus ($9). The breakfast sandwich comes piled high with their seven day pastrami, pickled mustard seed aioli, fried egg, and arugula on a brioche bun. It is one of the best breakfast sandwiches I have ever tasted. The pastrami was so tender, juicy and flavorful that I could eat everyday for the remainder of my life – it was THAT good! The falafel bowl is served with tahini, za’atar tomato, pickled red onion, israeli pickles, kimchi and house made pita. The falafel were surprisingly moist on the inside and still crispy on the outside. Often times falafel can be dry and just not a pleasant experience. This was not that. The bowl was also perfectly balanced with the creamy tahini and the tang from the pickles and red onions worked well together! Lastly, but definitely not least – the hummus! It is topped with za’atar and smoky olive oil served with their house-made pita. You can tell this hummus is made fresh from scratch – it was so creamy and thick! The smokey olive oil also added a unique flavor profile that brought out the rich, deep flavors in the hummus. It was truly divine.
Update: I recently tried their Turkish Eggs and they were incredible – I could eat that dish for every breakfast for the rest of my life. It is fried eggs, with a runny yolk, served with a whipped feta and aleppo butter alongside fresh herbs and arugula with crusty sourdough toast for dipper. The flavors were perfect together and the bread helped soak up all the runny yolks and sauce. I am drooling just thinking about it!
I am so looking forward to going back soon to try even more of their dishes! I am excited to try their Pastrami Sandwich, Shakshuka and their Toasts! They also offer a few items to go in their market area, so be sure to check it out to take home a little piece of Sabine to serve and eat later!
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