Tribeca restaurant — Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta
Although Tribeca has been open for several months now, the impact of what restauranteur Jean-Franscios Poujol has done with this restaurant is becoming clearer every day. While some might consider this location ideal - nestled as it is in one of San Antonio's finer neighborhoods, Olmos Park - the fact of the matter is that few restaurants have survived here. It's a safe bet, however, that Tribeca will beat the odds.
They've managed to find the right balance of great New American cuisine and exceptional service in a warm, cozy atmosphere, and all at a surprisingly low price point. They're also open for lunch during the week, brunch on Sundays and happy hour for some mixologist-invented elixirs.
With Tribeca's old-world charm of vibrant stucco walls, brick flooring and dark wood accents, you feel as if you may just be stepping into a restaurant in Europe - some little Mediterranean eatery you discovered on one of your adventures. However, the fun little Southwestern touches, such as skulls on the wall, remind you that you're in Texas.
Brussels sprouts at Tribeca — Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta
The food is equally eclectic and largely created with locally sourced ingredients from a wide variety of Texas farms and ranches. The dishes are nothing short of divine. Where else will you find a dish made of brussels sprouts; crispy, house-made pancetta; pecorino; rosemary vinaigrette; and a poached farm egg? It can so easily become an obsession.
Other favorites include the Oven-Roasted Lockhard Quail with asparagus and wild mushroom risotto and perfectly cooked Seared Scallops with butternut squash risotto, sautéed spinach and lemon butter sauce. Light eaters will enjoy one of their small plates, such as the Steamed Mussels or Wagyu Beef Burger with pesto, fresh-pulled mozzarella and a roasted red pepper/tomato jam that brings it all scintillatingly together.
A dish of quail with mushroom risotto — Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta
Poujol has been an important part of the culinary landscape in San Antonio for over a decade. Locals know him best for his successful French restaurant, T'ost. Poujol is indeed French and grew up in his mother's kitchen in Versailles, where he developed his appreciation for fresh flavors and great homemade food. Poujol knew he wanted to move to America since he was 13.
"Whatever I believe in, I make it happen," says Poujol.
And he certainly did. He worked for years in the food industry, for some of the best chefs in the U.S., including Los Angeles, for several years until moving to the Southwest.
"San Antonio gave me the opportunity to do what I love to do - open a restaurant," says Poujol.
Fortunately, Poujol brought along his expertise as well as his delightful French demeanor. He talks easily and passionately about following the rhythm of life and relaxing because life is too difficult not to. It all somehow translates into one of the best, most inviting, restaurants in the Alamo city.
"If you want good food with good friends, come to Tribeca," says Poujol with a big smile.
And truthfully, that's what Tribeca is all about!