One of my complaints about San Francisco fish and seafood restaurants is how they tend to ignore east coast fish in favor of other imports equally or more distant. Bluefish was my canonical example of a fish I had never seen offered in a San Francisco Bay Area restaurant in the 15 years we've lived here. On my trips back to Boston it's often one of the first things I get, ahead of lobster (though I try to get to that too), because of its scarcity outside the east coast.
So I was delightfully surprised to see eastern bluefish with mustard sauce and new potatoes on the menu at Hayes Street Grill on Saturday night! Naturally I ordered it and it was quite good. Adding a little salt snapped all the panopoly of bluefish flavors into place. It wasn't as great as you'd get it as a local fish on the east coast, but it was mighty fine. If they still have it next weekend I'll see if I can get it just grilled with french fries like their regular fish offering. The mustard sauce was good, but with fish this rare to the area I think the simpler preparation would be an even bigger treat.
So if you've been craving bluefish, now's your chance - who knows how long it might be on the menu?
Hayes Street Grill
324 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
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