Another Point Richmond restaurant that has been a long time coming is finally open. The Up & Under Pub and Grill is the Point's newest eating and drinking establishment. If you are into rugby, this is your place. According to their website, “Up and Under” is a tactical kick in rugby in which the ball is kicked high and short onto or behind the defending team.
Let me preface that I have not eaten there as of this writing. I've been around food so much lately I feel a little saturated, so I thought to put this on the radar of my fellow hounds.
From the photos on their facebook page, they have totally redone the interior. Gone are the plywood boards that covered the windows, you can peek into the bar and restaurant from the street. The bar is wood and copper; a chandelier, new furniture and carpeting warm the pub's appearance. I've heard that the ceiling is copper lined, and there are pictures (presumeably of rugby players) and team jerseys on display. It looks like they can accommodate a couple of large parties of 12 or so. If those tables are reserved, be prepared to chow down at the bar, or you might be lucky to score a 2-top along the wall.
Their menu items are coined from rugby plays and other sports terminology. Some of the appetizers you'll find: Scrums – crispy beer battered tiger prawns with aioli and cocktail sauce, Lineouts – grilled pancetta wrapped asparagus and radicchio wedges with aioli & aged balsamic glaze, The Maul – (rugby’s version of bruschetta) – chopped tomato, mozzarella, onion & cilantro served on toasted herb focaccia. Other appetizer names are rather colorful, such as the Richmond Prick – grilled prickly cactus, beer battered and fried with aioli.
Clam chowder is on their menu along with a soup of the day. Three salads: Home Turf (mixed greens with tomato, cucumber, carrot, onions, olives, house croutons, choice of dressing), Tri-Nations (arugula, endive and baby spinach with sliced prosciutto, cantalope with tomato basil dressing) and World Cup (romaine lettuce, parmesan reggiano, garlic croutons with house caesar dressing). For an addition charge you can add chicken, steak or shrimp.
The names on their sandwich menu are fun. The Eight man is a steak or chicken Philly sandwich with all the fixings and your choice of cheese. Ask for the Hooker and you will get a cheese melt of gouda, jack, fresh mozzarella (bacon is extra). The Outside Center is a classic 1/2lb burger with your choice of cheese, while the Inside Center is 3/4lb of beefy goodness stuffed with your choice of The Crash (blue cheese, bacon, caramelized onion) or The Loop (roasted pasilla pepper, mushroom and jack cheese, topped with avocado). Their other vegetarian sandwich is the Winger, a grilled portobello mushroom and cactus, roasted red pepper, tomato and your choice of cheese, with a pesto aioli on herb focaccia.
They offer a daily lunch special: Monday Meatball sandwich smothered in mozzarella and marinara sauce, served open faced on garlic toasted french bread. Tuesday Tortilla madness, anything made with a tortilla. Wednesday's World wide tour – sandwiches from around the world. For Thursday Thank you for putting it on a stick, not sure what it will be! But it will be on a stick. Last but not least, Friday Frankie forgot the sauce pizza.
Their large plates offer a 12 oz grilled New York strip steak (The “Try”), grilled 10 oz fillet mignon (The Manager), and The Rob is chicken stuffed with bacon, caramalized onion and gouda cheese, covered in mushroom au jus, all available with your choice of side. They also offer tiger prawns with angel hair pasta in a garlic bacon white wine sauce (The B-Rad), a vegetarian entree crispy polenta with marinara sauce and grilled vegetables (The “B” Side). Of course, no respectable pub would be without fish and chips (The Scrum Half) served with their house tartar sauce and slaw.
Sides on the menu include mashed potatoes, cheesy bread, grilled asparagus, pub fries, scallop potatoes, seasonal veggies.
Make sure to save room for one of their three desserts – Sin Bin, a classic smore served with vanilla bean ice cream, Mouth Piece – homemade cookie ice cream sandwich, and The Opposition – seasonal fruit crisp.
They also have a Little Ruggers menu for the kiddies – pasta with butter or marinara, fish and chips. The mini cheeseburger, grilled cheese, and chicken fingers all come with fries.
They have a full bar, not sure what beers they have available. Guess I'd better get down there soon … only one more week until Lent, then it's the wagon until Easter. If I don't make down before then, maybe someone else can report.
Up & Under Pub and Grill
2 W Richmond Ave, Richmond, CA 94801