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Albany - Sea Mi - $20 Thai Fusion Menu

rworange | Jun 19, 200501:59 AM     17

Everything about Sea Mi, which opened today, makes me smile … the original bright décor, the friendly, upbeat, humorous staff and my complementary appetizer – crab Rangoon.

I hope the fusion food is as good as the fusion décor which involved one wall with a beautiful Monet-like water lilies type of mural. At the far end is a large bright gold statue of Buddha, framed with a jewel colored rainbow of velvet drapes.

The other exposed brick wall has some lovely modern impressionistic paintings of Yosemite. The artist has some of his work at the SF Museum of Modern Art. There are also some crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The tables are covered with white tablecloths. The scrap book menus tied with ribbons are lovely in pastel colors like pink and lavender.

It is on San Pablo Avenue at Solano, next door to the Ivy Club in the spot once occupied by Zantoon … Zartoon(?).

This is not their official opening which is July 1st. Until then they will have a set menu as they tune the restaurant for the opening where they will have a regular menu.

I just stopped in for a glass of wine out of curiosity. The plates being brought to the other tables had beautiful presentations. The portions were large. This is the menu that they currently have for $20. There is a choice of one from every category,

STARTERS
Fried vegetable spring roll
Thai spicy Chicken satay

SOUP OR SALAD
Papaya salad
Green salad
Thai chicken soup

MAIN COURSE
Pacific fillet with grape sauce
Honey walnut prawn from the South China Sea
House chicken with sweet and sour
Red Sea Salmon
Green Curry

SIDE
White rice
Pad Thai

DESSERT
Greeneast sorbet (can’t read my notes, green something sorbet)

One of the bar tenders said they were still working on the fusion menu. He said there was some talk of even adding Spanish to the mix but then that might turn fusion into confusion. In addition to the crab Rangoon, I was given complementary chex mix with my wine.

I think the thing to do is to visit places on opening day. There are lots of freebies like at Bakesale Betty. They asked if I wanted to try another appetizer, but I just had dinner in the city.

It seems that even if this is a work in progress, this is a good value for the price. Just remember they are still doing a shakedown and working out the kinks.

They said the hours were 11 – 8 seven days a week.

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