I introduced myself to a group of women through Meetup.com as a way to get acquainted with fellow 30- and 40-somethings in the area, and we decided to meet at Vyne Bistro in downtown San Jose. Before I arrived, I checked out the wine bar’s menu online. Vyne Bistro has a variety of small plates, salads and house specialities, made with several organic ingredients. No prices were listed, so I was going in blind on how much I would be spending. However, I don’t mind paying a little more if the quality of the food meets or exceeds the price.
Dish of Choice
Vyne Bistro has a great happy hour menu that includes $5 glasses of wine and small plates from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday (drinks only). I chose two small plates: the flatbread with shrimp, which included green and black olives, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese; and Suya beef, which was cut into strips, seasoned with lightly roasted African spices and ground peanut and placed on bed of arugula, red onions and cherry tomatoes. I also ordered a glass of the house red blend. My bill came out to about $16.
The flatbread had plenty of ingredients and flavor, and any dish that has cheese and shrimp makes me happy. The Suya beef had a nice spicy bite to it, but I never would have guessed that ground peanut was used in the recipe. I think the arugula and red onion greatly complemented the dish. The price of the small plates was a great value for what I got.
Vyne Bistro has a modern, yet relaxed feel to it. The wine bar has modular seating and is dimly lit to create an intimate atmosphere. It also has an electric fireplace near the lounge and a small bar area. It is a great place to get together for a low-key night with friends. Vyne Bistro also has an extensive drink list, which includes red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wine, as well as cider, sake, wine cocktails and bottled beers.
Vyne Bistro is located at 110 Paseo de San Antonio, between 3rd and 4th streets, in downtown San Jose. Hours are 3 to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The wine bar validates parking at the 2nd & San Carlos Street parking garage, according to its website. For more information, call (408) 375-2618 or visit vynebistrosj.com.