Restaurants & Bars 6

Searocket Bistro (San Diego)

Josh | Jun 2, 200812:11 AM

Went here tonight (opening night) with some friends. Searocket Bistro occupies the former Linkery location on 30th St., and is a similar "farm to table" concept, only with a seafood focus. We had a good meal, and I think all of us would happily go back.

The menu was limited, but should be expanding soon.

Some of the dishes at our table: grilled sardine appetizer, steamed live scallops, beet and goat cheese tart, grilled sea bass, stuffed squid, wild rice salad, carrot soup w/ cayenne pepper, and grilled fish cakes.

Highlights for me were:

Grilled Sardines - these were pretty large sardines, about 5 inches long, grilled completely intact. You eat the skin, bones, etc. Delicious.

Beet and Goat Chese Tart - this was a beautifully executed tart. It was served cold, which I was a little surprised by, but the flavor was wonderful. The earthiness of the beets played very nicely with the goat cheese and eggs. The crust on this was top notch. Very well done.

Other items were good too. The chocolate mousse was quite nice, as was the zabaglione-like fresh custard and berries. Stuffed squid and carrot soup were also good. I didn't try the sea bass or fish cakes, but the people who ordered them were happy.

The only negative is that the live scallops were a little disappointing, only because they were described to us as 5 large scallops. They were actually quite small - roughly the diameter of a quarter. The flavor was good, I just think a better description of the size would set expectations more accurately.

Beer list is decent - all local craft stuff, with more on the way. They do have a good start, though.

Like the Linkery, they also are a "no tipping" restaurant and tack a surcharge on to the bill.

Pricing was pretty reasonable - $45/person, which included two beverages (beer, pots of french press coffee), appetizer, entree and soup or salad, plus shared dessert and the service charge.


Fish cakes - http://flickr.com/photos/joshthewebgu...
Stuffed squid - http://flickr.com/photos/joshthewebgu...
Beet and goat cheese tart - http://flickr.com/photos/joshthewebgu...

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