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Berkeley - Sea Salt’s new brunch & the world’s best red flannel hash with a Hangar One chipotle bloody Mary


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Berkeley - Sea Salt’s new brunch & the world’s best red flannel hash with a Hangar One chipotle bloody Mary

rworange | Apr 29, 2007 04:08 PM

It was even better than is sounds.

Thank you whoever for posting that Sea Salt started Saturday & Sunday brunches from 10 am to 2:30 pm.

Sea Salt always has had the tastiest beet dishes … memorably good. This was another memorably great dish.

The cubed beets mixed with potatoes, caramelized onions and chopped green herbs were amazingly sweet and flavorful. The hash was topped with a stellar piece of seared trout and covered with two perfect sunny side-up eggs ... the yolks breaking over the fish and mixing with the hash ... so good, so good.

To up the wonderfulness of the dish, it was sprinkled with tiny purple flowers ... attractive and delicious. Two thin pieces of very tasty toast come with the hash.

On a scale from 1 to 10 ... the hash is a 9.99.

Slight mark off for a touch too much butter. Delicious but it pushed the edge on richness. My suggestion would be to tell them light on the butter.

It might be argued that the drink was actually a bloody Caesar.. Hangar One chipotle vodka, clam juice, horseradish, lemon, Murray river salt

There is no arguing this is a top of the line drink. That smoky flavor from the chipotle vodka just sends it over the top. It is also VERY nicely balanced. Not overly hot or spicy like many but with a pleasant kick.

It was nice there wasn’t too much ‘salad’ in it either … just three good green olives with pits and a perfectly crisp tasty quarter stick of celery … yes, that’s right … tasty celery.

Be sure it has the chipotle vodka in it. The website just lists the chipotle version, but today’s brunch menu has two versions. It is $2 extra for the Hangar One Vodka. Yes … I just paid $11 dollars for a Bloody Mary. It was worth it and I’ll do it again.

The menu varies. They didn’t have the zeppoles today, but the rhubarb tart with strawberry ice cream was excellent.

The omelet today was lobster with chanterelles, avocado and tarragon.

I thought the suisse chocolat was a drink, but it is a pastry. Next time.

Sea Salt has the best cocktail sauce that doesn’t overpower the taste of the raw shelfish. It actually enhanced the flavor of the great little neck and cherrystone clams. Never had a Hawaiian blue prawn which was a large head-on prawn. Good, but not sure if it was worth $3.50. The little shellfish sampling was a nice starter especially with that bloody Mary.

Sea Salt has always been one of my favorite Sunday stops to read the paper on their pretty patio with flower boxes and huge shade trees. Add the bonus of a parking lot only steps from the patio.

For me, the extended hours and the new brunch dishes just make it an even more pleasurable experience.

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