wood tavern pastrami
I had the pastrami sandwich there yesterday and it was an absolute salt bomb. I like pastrami and I like salty food in general so if I find something to be pretty much inedible on account of saltiness it is extreme.
I would have asked the waiter about this but the uneaten sandwich was removed by the busser and I was never asked how the meal was. Given the noise evel, I just wanted out after the meal.
I would be interested in hearing the impressions of others. I'd lke to believe this was just a fluke.
I don't think your sandwich was a fluke. I had a bite of my friend's and found it to be way too salty. He liked it, though. I guess it's a matter of taste.
I would describe myself in the same way you do: I like salty food in general, so if I think it's too salty I would consider it extreme. That said, I also agree with Robert in that I find many restaurants undersalt their food, but Wood Tavern is not one of them. Finally, I also am a lover of this sandwich and will agree flat out that this is a very salty sandwich, but to me it always seems well balanced. My saying that implies that I think a large proportion of the eating public would find it way too salty, basically inedible, and who am I to tell them that they're wrong. I might just argue the objective truth of such a statement. I find, however, that I usually can only eat half at a sitting, and your post got me to wondering what would happen if too much of the pastrami "jus" was put onto the sandwich... I can imagine it becoming terribly salty. This has not happened to me, though. So, it's quite possible that everyone is correct to some significant degree.
I really like this place a lot- everything I've ordered has been delicious and well-seasoned to my taste, but in general I am not an advocate of trying to get yourself to like a place just because everyone else does, especially if there's a non-food issue like noise that is bothering you and is not likely to be changed/corrected.
Had this yesterday and agree that it is delicious but a complete salt bomb. I was a little disappointed to learn they don't make their own pastrami too. They buy Niman Ranch pastrami and "doctor it up" according to the restaurant.
I prefer the pastrami at The Refuge by a wide margin. Theirs is house cured, has a more balanced flavor, and is available in several different preparations.
Sorry East Bay, the Peninsula has you beat on pastrami.