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Sea Harvest, Moss Landing

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Sea Harvest, Moss Landing

Melanie Wong | Jun 14, 2006 05:09 AM

Yesterday we had an early dinner at Sea Harvest in Moss Landing. The sun finally came out in the afternoon and it was magical to watch the sea otters playing and also to hear the barking sea lions to the south of us. This was my fourth or so time there with my parents and I think we're getting the hang of it now.

Twice I've ordered grilled things and both times they've been severely overcooked. A couple halibut filets had picture perfect grill markings, but were as dry as dust. I had to send it back. Likewise some skewered allegedly fresh prawns that had the dickens cooked out of them. Avoid the caesar salad, made with too much of the outer romaine leaves.

Salmon bisque has been pretty good and we've liked the roasted garlic appetizer to share. The most reliable dish has been the barbecued oysters ($1.75 each) dabbed with a shallot butter sauce. Plump, cooked to a perfect custardy texture, and we like the sauce very much.

The house is also good at frying. The Captain's platter of mixed seafood is a good bet. Yesterday I had the fish and chips, made with grenadier cod, that was really good and a good deal. My mom had the fried sand dabs, coated with panko and coconut. Unfortunately, the dabs are pre-prepped and there's no other choice, but the slightly sweet and crunchy breading isn't too bad. We like the tartar sauce here. It's light and almost frothy, enlivened with some extra lemon juice to cut through the fry grease.

Service is somewhat spotty but friendly. The seafood has always been fresh, and you can't beat the setting and views for the price.

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