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Apr 2, 2014 05:10 PM

Squid and Seaweed Salad at Bonita Fish Market, Berkeley

I was crossing town and had a hankering for a pretzl croissant at Oktoberfest. Forgot they closed the storefront on Univ Ave. Looked across the street, explored Bonita Fish Mkt and emerged with a small container of marinated squid salad on a bed of seaweed salad (very fresh and yummy). A very pleasant discovery.

Oh, and the fish in the store looked incredible. Will definitely make it a destination.

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  1. After reading Luke Tsai's piece, I've been wondering when we'd hear about it here.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong

      I went in shortly after they opened and it seemed like a step down from Berkeley Bowl, let alone Monterey Fish or Tokyo Fish.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        In terms of selection? Freshness? Service?

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I also went shortly after they opened. Based on that one visit (perhaps too early to judge) I found them quite comparable in selection, quality and price to Monterey Fish --almost too comparable. And service was great: they were thrilled to have a customer. The problem for me is the location.

          If I'm shopping at Monterey Mkt, it is an easy stroll to MF. If I'm at BBowl, well, there's a fish counter right there. But if I want to go to Bonita Fish instead, one has to go and try to find parking in the Bonita Fish neighborhood (or I could make the 20 minute walk from home); but it hardly seems worth it. I suppose one option would be if I did my other grocery shopping at the downtown berkeley TJ, but no thanks.

          I ought to give Bonita another try to see how they have changed since I first went. (n.b. the website says parking is free. not sure if they validate somewhere or if that just means there are some free spots on the street around the corner.)

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Inadequate labeling and Seafood Watch reds.

          2. re: Robert Lauriston

            Actually Robert, I was stunned by the fresh quality and the diversity of fish. Maybe it was just that day -- for me or for you. I'd give 'em another look.