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Dec 2, 2012 04:49 AM

Pacificana Sunset Park - any good salt baked squid anywhere?

We visited Pacificana the other evening for the first time in a long time. Had a very nice steamed eggplant with minced pork and XO sauce from the house specials menu, acceptable pea shoots with garlic and an execrable salt baked squid. This latter was perfectly tender squid in a puffy batter, with no discernible sautee in chiles,ginger and salt and pepper (or even a bit of five spice) that makes salt baked and salt and pepper preparations so delicious. Instead this was a bit disgusting.

Any recommendation for any places that make a good version of this dish these days.

Also to note, they have a goose dish on the printed menu (not the online menu, tho they do have a goose web dish there). They didnt have it (nor did they have the south china duck casserole special) but it might be worth enquiring about for a special order.

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  1. Lucky Eight, diagonally across the street from Pacificana, makes a good salt baked squid.
    I'm pretty sure I had excellent salt baked squid at East Harbor on 65th St.
    I'm confident a quick search on will verify that.

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    1. re: famdoc

      My husband was really disappointed - we will have to keep our hope up then and explore further in SP

    2. jen kalb - not sure if you're looking specifically in Brooklyn, but check out my review on Lake Pavilion, their version is good:

      also, i like NY Noodletown's version