Pleasanton’s Lokanta is both simple and satisfying

The whole branzino ($24) at Lokanta, a new Turkish restaurant in Pleasanton, captivated me from the very start. A celebration of Mediterranean flavors, the branzino arrived filleted, crisped and propped on an herbed medley of summer vegetables. But it was the coulis, a light, vibrant puree of ripe tomatoes spiked with ouzo, that set the fish apart. Like Lokanta’s infusion of clove into poached Turkish apricots (the fruit, stuffed with mascarpone and rolled in pistachios for dessert, is $7) the [...]

Diablo Dish: Lokanta to Open Its Walnut Creek Location on July 10

Dosa heads to Oakland; Comal is expanding; Lucille’s brings barbecue to Dublin; and Diablo Ballet hosts its annual Gourmet Gallop! Lokanta’s Been a Long Time Coming, but the Wait is Almost Over After a seemingly endless series of delays, many of which were caused by issues with PG&E, Lokanta Mediterranean Grill and Bar will finally open its Walnut Creek location on July 10. The original restaurant in Pleasanton has garnered a devoted cult following for its delicious Mediterranean food, and diners expect [...]