The Barrel Room is a delightful wine bar cum restaurant in the Rockridge in Oakland.
The focus rotates quarterly. When I dropped by the afternoon, it spotlight was on Italy. I had a flight of three crisp Italian wines. The fellow behind the bar really knows his vinos and is a great conversationalist. My favorite was an Italian riesling that I would not have guessed to be Italian if I hadn’t known. I’m sipping a generous pour after the flight.
There’s a limited menu: five appetizers, ten primi, and three desserts. The kitchen is right off the bar; right now I’m about to gag on the odor of what much be the sautéed scallops.
Overall, a very pleasant experience. There are only eight tables and the bar, so it’s an intimate experience.
I like this place and I’ll be back.