Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Feb 14, 2011 06:10 PM

Salmon Skin Salad?

I had really delicious Salmon Skin Salad in Santa Barbara last year (as far as I remember the place was called "Goleta Sushi House"). It was a relatively standard japanese type salad (sorry I don't know what the dressing is called - sweetish, "watery", very light taste, on lettuce), fried salmon skin and some bonito flakes (I think!) on top. Nothing fancy but really, really good and I still crave it.

Anybody know where I can get a decent salmon skin salad of this type in the East Bay Area (or SF)? Berkeley or Oakland would be perfect but we have a car, a 30 min drive would be OK as well. Not interested in salmon skin rolls, just the salad...

Alternatively, could I make this at home? Can you buy just the salmon skin at Berkeley Bowl or some such place? I don't really care for the salmon itself, just the fatty skin with a thin layer of "flesh"...

Thanks guys!

Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Geta off Piedmont Ave in Oakland is the best I've had.

    4 Replies
    1. re: DezzerSF

      Thank you! The reviews of this place sound wonderful overall, so we'll definitely check that one out. (Salmon skin salad isn't on the menu I found online but someone on yelp also mentioned having had one there, so we'll just go there and have a's very close)

      1. re: BerkeleyToad

        If you haven't had it yet, here's a shot.

        I would also recommend the agenasu - deep fried eggplant in a katsuoboshi broth. Most everything I've had there is excellent and the prices are VERY reasonable.

        Geta Japanese Restaurant
        165 41st St, Oakland, CA 94611

        1. re: DezzerSF

          Oh God that looks so good. Need to go there as soon as possible. I also love eggplant...

          1. re: BerkeleyToad

            Went there yesterday for dinner. Great place and so cute, we'll definitely be back. Salmon skin salad was just what I had in mind. Also loved the spider roll (w/ soft shell crab + avocado). Everything was delicious, so thanks for the recommendation!

    2. Tokyo Fish Market sells salmon skin.

      Tokyo Fish Market
      1220 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

      1 Reply
      1. re: pauliface

        Thank you - should have thought of that, it's just round the corner!

      2. I just had the salmon skin salad at Yamasho in SF, and I think it might be even better than Geta's version. They definitely give you more salmon skin and the sauce is a bit more assertive. No ikura though. The chawan mushi is very good there as well.

        1. I enjoyed the salmon skin salad at Tani's Kitchen in Daly City. It had crispy skin and a good amount of salmon flakes.

          Tani's Kitchen
          32 Park Plaza Dr, Daly City, CA 94015