Last weekend, we were invited by a friend to have dinner at Santa Monica Seafood Cafe on Wilshire Blvd. It’s a family-run business that offers a wide selection of fresh fish and seafood for retail. For this location, they happened to make a section of this market a small Cafe and Oyster Bar. As you can see, we were not disappointed with our dinner choices!
This is the outside of the versatile Santa Monica Seafood.
Our oyster platter was surprisingly fresh and delightful. I was actually craving oysters, since the last time I had it was in New York!
Daniel wanted to try the Manhattan Clam Chowder. Ingredients include: chopped ocean clams, celery, potatoes, carrots, plum tomatoes, basil, oregano and fennel. In other words: It was really tasty.
His dinner entree was the Cioppino, which is a classic Italian dish with clams, mussels, fish, shrimp, and calamari in a spicy tomato sauce. You just have to be careful when eating this to not splash it all over your shirt!
I opted for the Spicy Salmon Burger (I like anything with the word "spicy" in it). It's a grilled spicy salmon burger on a potato dill kaiser bun with oragnic greens, cucumber, tomato and gremolata (a chopped herb condiment). Delish!
Surprisingly, we weren't too stuffed from our appetizers and main course, so we splurged and got the cannoli for dessert. I took one bite of this, made a funny face, then ate the strawberry. It wasn't my cup of tea, but now I know. Besides the crummy dessert, the entire meal was really good and the company was absolutely pleasant.