Sea Salt is a beautiful restaurant that opened their doors this last summer. I had been meaning to get there for the past few months and do a review, and I finally had the opportunity this last weekend.
The location of Sea Salt is great. It is in east Sugarhouse, right above one of my favorite brunch joints, Eggs in the City. I get to Eggs about once a month or so, and each time I would look out the window at the nice building across the street and think to myself…’now, that place looks classy.’ And classy, it was!
Seven of my wonderful girlfriends and I decided to hit up Sea Salt before a party. I was really excited and grateful because I am currently not eating carbs or sugar–so a pizza place was going to be hard to review. However, it wasn’t an issue at all.
From the moment we set foot in the door, the atmosphere was clean, welcoming, simple, and elegant. The white, grey, and stone colors made me feel like I was in an ice cream parlor. An ice cream parlor in heaven. Needless to say, the atmosphere is one that should be noted.
We were greeted promptly and with smiling faces, which to me is always majorly important. And the second most important thing in the first 15 minutes, is if my cocktail (or wine, or diet coke) is in front of me in a timely manner. The good folks at Sea Salt were all over this. That sufficed all 8 of us very quickly (as to be expected).
All of the drinks were fabulous. Sea Salt’s bartender knows what they are doing. Also, it is definitely worth mentioning that they were pretty moderatly priced, ranging from 6 to 9 bucks. My nice glass of Shiraz was about $6.50 and the portion and quality were very nice.
We got some great appetizers next. Sea Salt is EXTREMELY good at this part. Every small plate or appetizer that we got was amazing. You can find most of these in the “before the pasta” section on the menu. These plates are also very well priced for the quality of food and the freshness that we got in each plate.
Insalata Caprese (heaven): $10.95
Proscuitto Dolce Crudo: $9.95
So far, super good. All the starters were so tasty and we were all happy girls. Then, it was time to order our entrees and we ran into a few problems.
First, under the section “pasta & risotto”, there is NO risotto. There were some of us that really want risotto and were a bit curious as to why it would be a header on the menu if we couldn’t get it. Also, there were 3 or 4 things that we asked for that they didn’t have or were out of. For example, Sea Salt only lists two soups available, and the Chilled Zucchini Squash soup was not available. It was kind of disappointing. Also, the Gnocchi was 86ed! So, after every other person was told that what they wanted wasn’t available to order, it kind of put a damper on things. Here is what we DID end up with.
I ordered the Cobb Italiana Salad ($14.95). And I am not joking when I say it was the best salad I have had in a long time. It was as though there were several different kinds of salads on one plate, but all with complimentary flavors. It had all of the makings of a classic cobb, but additionally had caesar salad elements and focaccia croutons (which I couldn’t pass up, even though I am no-carbing…whoops!) It was fantastic and beautiful as well.
There were also a couple of pizzas ordered…both of which were really tasty, perfectly cooked, and super fresh. The Margherita ($9.95) and Piemonte’ ($14.95) were terrific! And yes, I did taste them a bit. But the whole table really enjoyed the flavors of both of these dishes.
All of those meals were spot on and worth every penny. However, there were a few things that didn’t quite make the mark.
The Spaghetti al Pomodoro was disappointing. It looked beautiful and fresh, but the taste was particularly bland. It wasn’t “bad”, there just wasn’t anything outstanding about it. The flavor got lost in the presentation, and it left us all a little on the “meh” side.
Additionally, we found the same thing to be the case with the Capellini alla Siciliana, which is wild shrimp, garlic, chile, parsley, sun-dried tomato, white wine, and arugula. Each of these ingredients sounds like it would make for a flavor explosion. It didn’t. The sauce lacked flavor, and the shrimp were quite overcooked and rubbery. Again, the dish LOOKED lovely. And it wasn’t particularly bad…it just wasn’t particularly good–especially not at the $16.95 ticket price.
And lastly, was the Ravioli di Nonna Maria ($15.95). It should be mentioned, that when my friend asked “what is the meat in the ravioli?”, it couldn’t really be answered. Pork? Beef? We weren’t really sure. The meat was good–well seasoned and a great texture–but again, the sauce was nothing to scream about; bland and uninteresting. This was another dish that we didn’t super love and didn’t super hate. But isn’t being indifferent as bad as not liking something? I am considering that option…
Overall, Sea Salt was a really great experience–we had a really great time while we were there and MOST of the food was interesting, full of flavor, and delicious. I would go back in a heartbeat, and perhaps just stay away from the pasta dishes or the red pasta sauces in general and stick with the small plates, pizzas, and appetizers. What Sea Salt does well, the do REALLY well and I wouldn’t say that the mediocre pasta dishes ruined anything, but rather just showcased more what Sea Salt is really good at.
If you are looking to get some delicious drinks and unique and scrumptious appetizers, this is the place to check out. It would be perfect for a date night, a girls night, a quick drop in, or a long evening of wine paring and cheese tasting.
Check out Sea Salt at 1709 East 1300 South!