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Folks,

Looks like the old Linkery spot is being replaced by Sea Rocket Bistro -- a seafood oriented farm to table restaurant or as they call it "boat to throat" ;-)

Website is up at:

http://searocketbistro.com/

A sample menu is also posted:

Soups, Salads & Sides

Wild Rice Salad
Green Salad with dried cherries, goat cheese, fresh figs, heirloom tomato and toasted walnuts
Creamy Carrot Soup
Sea Urchin Bisque, served back in its beautiful shell
Home made roasted garlic & avocado honey bread

Hot Seafood Starters

Steamers- Clams, Mussels, or Scallops in a Coronado Golden Ale broth
Fish Cake Bites with cucumber yogurt sauce
Stuffed Squid with red wine reduction sauce
Grilled Grape Leaf-Wrapped Fish, stuffed with lemon zest and mint and coated in a hot pepper oil

From Sea

Market Fish Fillet, pan seared
Grilled Sardines with grilled veggies and a garlicky lima bean salad
Blackened Fish Fillet with honey BBQed pinquito beans and grilled green beans
Seared Scallops served atop sauteed greens and mashed yams, with a kumquat beurre blanc sauce
Seafood Paella containing market fish, squid, clams, mussels and California grown brown rice

From Farm

Beet and Goat Cheese Tart- more content than egg, topped with toasted walnuts and served with a side mixed green salad
Portobello Mushroom Sandwich on our homemade bread with Winchester Gouda and a garlic aioli
Rigatoni with Garden Vegetables
Emu Burger on our homemade bread served with a jicama slaw

Dessert

Chocolate Mousse served with a macadamia churro
Seasonal Fruit Pie or Cobbler
Summer Cheesecake topped with a fresh fruit compote
Avocado Gelato
Homemade Macadamia Cookie

Glad to see the foundation Jay created with the Linkery will continue with this new venture.

They plan to open next month.

And man, that sea urchin bisque sounds good...

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  1. Grilled sardines are exciting.

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    1. re: Josh

      No kidding. My mother will be so happy. Actually, I think the whole menu looks rather enticing. I'm kind of liking the looks of the green bean salad and how about an emu burger...

    2. I think they are trying to keep it "local" seafood, which I'm looking forward to. I may be mistaken, but I think Jay is involved with this venture on some small level.

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      1. re: foodiechick

        In light of Taras Grescoe's recently published, _Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood_, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch, it will be interesting to see which fishes they choose to include and exclude from the menu.

        So far it is noteworthy that none of the top predator fishes are on the menu, despite their popularity.

        kudos

      2. The sample menu looks fab!
        Thanks for posting this Ewilensky!

        1. Damn!

          Sea Urchin Bisque, served back in its beautiful shell
          Yes, please

          Grilled Grape Leaf-Wrapped Fish, stuffed with lemon zest and mint and coated in a hot pepper oil
          Yes, please

          Seafood Paella containing market fish, squid, clams, mussels and California grown brown rice
          Yes, please

          Chocolate Mousse served with a macadamia churro
          yes!

          1. I think Jay has to sublet their old site, so he wanted something that was similar in concept to Linkery. Sounds interesting, I will definitely check it out.

            1. I'm kind of surprised there isn't any abalone on the menu. It all does sound great though.

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              1. re: DougOLis

                I believe there are limits and restrictions on the harvesting of fresh abalone because it has been overfished. When it's found and it's fresh it's very spendy.

                1. re: DiningDiva

                  Yeah, I know that abalone diving is tightly controlled and thus pretty rare, but The Linkery recently had something on their menu about an abalone provider so I was under the impression they might have a source.

                  1. re: DougOLis

                    I may be wrong, but I believe it is farmed. "Not that there is anything wrong with that."

                    1. re: foodiechick

                      Its cultivated at a farm just south of Baja.
                      I asked Jay about it on the ride down.

                      Mas Information: http://thelinkery.com/blog/?p=734

                      1. re: kare_raisu

                        that's pretty much what I thought...not caught wild in these parts any more, right? Yet as DD said, still must be very "spendy", might be why we don't see it on menus too often. Has anyone had the mussels from the Ensenada farm? BTW, I love that word "spendy", I am adopting it if she will allow.

                        1. re: foodiechick

                          Yeah, I looked it up after thinking about it last night. You can only catch them wild by free diving (no tanks!) north of San Francisco, and you can only catch 3 at a time for personal use (no selling). It sounds like there's nothing wrong with farmed abalone though and it's still high quality stuff.

              2. Ugh! Our visit was the pits!

                My fiance and I tried Sea Rocket again for the second time a couple of weekends ago. He didn't like the joint on the first go around, but I was still giving it the benefit of the doubt. The second visit however, did, in fact make me swear off going again.

                Our visit began with a menu that had been changed since my previous visit. Now with a more concise menu and and less non-seafood options. Then, I asked the waiter to help me choose between 2 wine selections and she proceeded to explain that she liked the pinot noir better because "it was thicker going down." Not exactly the appropriate verbiage for any glass of wine, particularly one that you are trying to frame in a positive light. I chose the alternate cabernet and was underwhelmed. Then we ordered, yes ordered, our $1.50 plate of sourdough bread, slightly stale. It was served with a fabulous garlic-honey butter (which is about the only aspect of the meal that I can speak highly of). For our main courses, I ordered the halibut steak and my fiance ordered the fish sandwich. When my Halibut arrived, the fish was thin oblong in shape resembling sole more than it did Halibut. The flesh was slightly crispy on the outer surface and dry throughout. It was served with a side of generic mixed vegetables, I think carrots, peppers, and squash. An $18 entree including an over cooked piece of fish and some vegetables was not sufficient. I would have hoped for some carbohydrate on the plate, or at least offered as a side dish that could be ordered. But, when asked, the server offered the wild rice salad entree as the only recourse. My fiance's fish sandwich was served an a hard sourdough roll which scratched the roof of his mouth with each bite. His entree was served with a cup of pinto beans no more interesting than what I could be pulled out of a can.

                This restaurant seemed to have a great conception but poor execution. They showed unimaginative food pairings, poor handling of the seafood itself, and a waitstaff under qualified to answer basic questions about the items on the menu. I will not be going back.

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                1. re: foodpeople101

                  Pretty grim review, BTW there's a BOGO coupon in the Community Mag, probably could have eased the pain.

                2. I had been meaning to try Sea Rocket for a while but after reading foodiepeople101's review I was reluctant. However a friend convinced me to attend a special dinner there last night, a four course prix fixe paired with beers from a local brewery for $40 including the four beers. I must say I was very pleasantly surprised. The first beer was a pilsner, and it wasn't the most auspicious beginning, not a bad beer but somewhat lacking in the crispness that the best German pilsners offer. It was paired with a salad with pickled local vegetables, looked like cauliflower, turnip or some root vegetable, and leeks; the vegetables were crisp, just tart enough, and spiced with just enough ginger to give the salad the bite that the beer lacked. The second course was a ceviche of local halibut paired with a hefeweissen; great ceviche, great beer, great pairing. My favorite course of the night. Then came a ground lamb chili, which was almost great - nice lamb flavor, the right amount of spice, but something, I'm not sure what, was missing. Still very good, paired with an amber ale that paired nicely but was not really memorable on it's own. The dessert was a chocolate cake with a baltic porter - I'm not a big dessert guy but the cake had a nice flavor and a rich texture without being cloying in its sweetness. The beer was also extremely rich, with chocolate flavors that mirrored the cake,and while delicious, I couldn't finish either. The beers were from the Lightning brewery, and the brewer made some very interesting comments about the beers and the brewing process throughout the meal. The crowd, about 20 of us, all seated at a communal table,was a fun group of food and beer lovers and there was plenty of good conversation among us. The service was good, not the carefully orchestrated dance of a really formal dinner, but I don't think they aim to be a formal place and it was generally friendly and quick. Our main server was helped by a fellow who also added a little info on the beers, and who turned out to be the restaurant's resident 'beer geek' - a sort of a sommelier for beer.
                  All in all it was a very enjoyable event, and I thought the price quite reasonable. If anything the portions, of both beer and food, could have been smaller, as I was a bit over full even without finishing the dessert course. I will definitely be back to try the regular menu.