Billed as a “food hall,” The Bank is a group of small restaurants in a historical building in downtown Sacramento. Here are some of the dishes – inclusive of a lobster roll, burger fries, poke and an asparagus salad – on Tuesday, June eleven, 2019. By
The Bank, the collection of speedy-informal mini eating places in a glamorous vintage-faculty former bank downtown, calls itself a meals hall. You might be right to consider a food hall as some thing as lavishly upscale as London’s famed Harrod’s, overflowing with tempting connoisseur options.
By that widespread, The Bank has the space – its high ceiling gilded and fantastically painted, its marble halls agleam – however I’m no longer certain the food measures up. The 5 or so vendors slinging burgers, pizza, poke (you can’t pass anywhere without poke these days), and above all else beer appear greater just like the population of that instead less upscale phenomenon, the meals court.
To be sure, it’s an surprisingly best food court docket. An improved meals court, if you may, no longer a Sbarro’s in sight. My first task become on the Orange Julius at what changed into (in 1988) the brand new mall in Chico. With thin-crust pizza and even lobster rolls, The Bank improves on that meals courtroom –or, say, the only at Arden Fair – by a country mile.
That stated, it’s still in its early phases, with several vendor spots empty. The entrance, via a side door, feels a tad perplexing, as guests can’t see any businesses until they go round a corner; on my first go to I questioned if I changed into in the right place. It’s nevertheless attracting exact enterprise at lunch, however weekday evenings can be a bit lifeless, except there’s a huge recreation or other occasion.
Drinking is one lure, possibly a bigger one than the meals. A downstairs beer cellar gives dozens of pour-your-personal taps, but it feels a little out of the manner. Upstairs, the important bar is greater inviting, with masses of environment from the appealing putting, herbal mild from the large windows, TVs for watching the sport and a friendly bartender.
The cocktail bar also a terrific happy hour, a pleasant huge bar, and some satisfactory craft cocktails, maximum of them spins on classics, just like the Patio Chatter, an astringent, crimson French 75-like range with grapefruit and sparkling rosé, a pleasantly fresh cool-off on a warm afternoon. (The AC, through the way, is running very well here – continually a crucial query in a Sacramento summer.)
Five meals vendors, up to now, have set up save. Coffee bar Harvey’s Eats gives Chocolate Fish coffee and in most cases outsourced food, inclusive of pastries from Bella Bru and someplace else. Next door, Poke Bros. Vends a perfectly quality, although no longer extraordinarily one of a kind, take at the now-ubiquitous uncooked-fish fashion, with bendy bowls, vegetarian options, and clean fish, even though the sauces are a bit on the candy side.