I just ate at Sea Salt. For a seafood place there were surprisingly few things on the menu that I could eat (I eat CA kosher style.) We shared some salads that were yum, the chicory salad had a bit of cheese and orange to balance out the bitterness, the beet salad also a bit of dairy to enrich the beets. The portions were not generous for the $10, but the quality and flavors were good. We had fish & chips which were good, I don't know if $18 good. Certainly not really as good as an English fish & chip house that wraps the whole thing in newspaper, but certainly fresh, quality ingredients and a whole lot cheaper and time friendly than taking a plane to England. We also had the arctic char ($25) which was served over a smattering of braised root vegetables in broth. The fish was cooked perfectly with the skin crisp and the inside moist, no lemon on the plate which I always thins enhances salmon. The food was very good, simple competent preparations.
The thing that was a detraction was the service. Our waiter did not flash a smile all night. We had no idea what the cocktail on the menu that started with juniper and was named for a Hemingway novel- could he not have said it was a gin & tonic pleasantly? In any case all through the evening we were scared to ask him anything and then he spilled coffee on me and his initial comment was," I don't know how that happened." There it was coffee pot in his hand coffee on my shirt. Of course the rest. offered to pay for cleaning but really is this enough? I now have a stained new shirt that I have to take and fetch from the cleaners and then present them with a bill- I think it's a bit more than making me whole - why not throw in a round of drinks or some dessert- they could have thrown us each a $1.5 truffle, but I guess it was just too much of a transaction.
In any case the bottom line review is that the food is good sort of what CA cuisine is, the room is nice, the prices elevated and the personalities humorless, condescending.
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