Halibut cheek sandwich at Sea Salt in Berkeley
Stopped in to Sea Salt for fish and chips but got totally sidetracked by the new halibut cheek sandwich. It was the best part of an excellent meal which also included fried smelts, steamed clams with italian sausage and potatoes as well as a plate of grilled asparagus with pancetta. Everything was fresh and well prepared but the sandwich was revelatory. Served on the same small soft roll that they use for the eel banh mi and the lobster roll, this simple sandwich was full of hot, batter fried chunks of halibut cheek with a squeeze of tartar sauce and lettuce inside and cole slaw, house made potato chips and house made pickles on the side. Like a diminutive po'boy but much juicier from the fresh halibut cheeks. Clean, bright, well balanced flavors at a pricey (for a sandwich) $13 but worth it.
Anticipated crowds due to the recent Chron re-review were nonexistant at 8pm on a wednesday, though the staff reports much slammage since the review came out.
Don't know how long this menu item will last so go soon if you are feeling cheeky.