Sea Salt is a bright and airy spot on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, with lots of space. There is a tiny bar up front and some stool seating near the kitchen. We like that their fish is all sourced sustainably and they choose organic ingredients where possible. The dishes have a light spunkiness to them without being pretentious. The wine list was full of interesting choices as well there are lots of other alcoholic and non-alcoholic offerings. They offer a couple of really interesting cheeses (and it looks like the list changes regularly). We would definitely return.
Caesar salad with marinated white spanish anchovies
Yum. Lots of anchovy flavor in the dressing. The white boquerones were on it. Croutons small and crunchy (looked like they were made with the leftover bread). Lettuce chopped into bite sized pieces. Hard to make this salad better.
White clam chowder garnished with bacon and parsley
Lots of little clams but bacon is truly a garnish. Good balance. Not the best ever, but good. More bacon would improve it!
Bacon, lettuce and trout sandwich with oven-dried tomatoes and arugula
Very enjoyable and a nice composition of flavors, a twist on the traditional.
Oyster po 'boy with remoulade, pickles and house made potato chips
Very lightly battered oysters with a spicy remoulade and pickles on a soft roll. The coleslaw is standout with a nice fresh flavor. House made potato chips are thick, not at all greasy, and very crispy. Really good.
Fish and chips with french fries and malt vinaigrette
I loved the malt aioli instead of traditional tartar sauce. Cod is beautiful and white. Very light battering. The chips were good.
Wines by the Glass:
2004 Txakoli, Txomin Extaniz, Galicia
2003 Bastianich Tocai Fruilano, Friuli
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