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Jun 28, 2009 06:42 PM

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.


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  1. It's always been perfect for me.

    I've never had anything over-salted there. They don't under-salt like a lot of places, that's one of the many things I like about the place.

    Topic on the pastrami:

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I had one yesterday and thought about this topic and, yeah, it's definitely salty, as are the cole slaw and pickles that come with it. But to my taste that's balanced by the fat. And the Old Speckled Hen.

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.