For months now, Fridays have been dedicated when possible to luncheon exploration. They have become a moon launch, of sorts. New Frontiers and Distant Horizons. On any given Friday we might venture just a little further away from the office than the usual two to three blocks radius, in search of new locations to dine in the hope of finding something wild, something new. On this occasion, a cloudy afternoon in late February, we journeyed to Berkeley. To Sea Salt.
My Better Half had another of his infamous “girly” drinks, entitled ironically enough "Aphrodite." He’s discovered that anything fruity or flavored to his liking is uniformly named to attract a female customer, so he’s accepted his inner lush is a chick and moved on. The Aphrodite was a refreshing glass of Prosecco and Orange Blossom with a hearty shot of Smirnoff. It didn’t taste overly of liquor, which pleased the BH, but I thought it was delicious — it tasted like a giggle in a glass.
As we imbibed our drinks, we began to enjoy the first dishes we had ordered. The menu contains so many tempting seafood dishes that we probably over-ordered, but fortunately we managed to eat almost everything set down before us. Gotta say the BH is a master of consumption, and he loves my new-found avocation of food blogging allows him so many opportunities.
We wrapped up the meal with coffees. They were also really good, but they took so long the house bought them for us. That would be my one note. There was a big party there when we were, and the waitress was completely overwhelmed, and it showed. She was frustrated and cranky and ignored us, a lot. I know it isn’t her fault if they understaffed, or if there was a surprise table full of guests that required too much of her attention, but neither was it mine. Small note. Great restaurant. You should check it out for yourself, and as always ~ Bon Appetit.
2512 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702-2013
Table size: adequate
Noise Level: ONE BELL
Dining Time: It took quite awhile with the big party and the inattentive server, so I'm not sure what it would be under normal circumstances.