Last Sunday, when Evan and I were in Inverness, CA, we had the best meal of our entire lives. We had such a wonderful dining experience at Saltwater, and I'm so excited to share it with you.
Psst! Saltwater was actually featured in this week's "36 Hours" article in the New York Times. We couldn't believe that we just dined there a few days ago! In fact, as we were driving home, we talked about how the NYT should do a 36 Hours in the area and feature Saltwater. This is our life!
I know my pictures won't do any justice to the food we enjoyed, but I didn't feel comfortable busting out my real camera. Saltwater is a small, intimate restaurant -- it just didn't feel right to ruin the ambiance with a camera flash. iPhone photos will have to do!
We ordered a bottle of Grenache Blanc, and it was lovely. Evan and I are both fans of regular Grenache, so we were so excited to try this white variety. Sweet, but not too sweet. It paired perfectly with our food.
Oysters are the "big thing" at Saltwater, so of course we had to start with a few! If you know me, you know that I'm still warming up to the idea of seafood (hello, I grew up in rural Nebraska!). Although I was nervous, I knew I just had to try at least one.
I tried one and liked it so much that I had another! The marinade they served with the raw oysters (shown in the top left of the photo above) was divine.
For our other starters, we had bread with olive oil and the roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon. Two things! One: if you ever have the chance to try real, fresh olive oil, don't pass up the opportunity. I could have sipped the olive oil with a straw. Trust me, there is a difference between olive oil you buy at the grocery store and the good stuff. Please splurge on the good stuff. Two: Brussels sprouts and bacon! There was a bit of tanginess in the salad -- almost like wasabi -- and it was wonderful.
We split two entrees: the crab cake and roasted mahi mahi. The crab cake was executed beautifully -- mostly real crab, hardly any filler ingredients. It was served on top of a mango soup and topped with ancho cress. It was sweet and delightful.
And this mahi mahi? It was served on top of garbanzo beans and cauliflower, which all rested on top of beurre blanc. Oh, beurre blanc - what a buttery, lovely sauce. The mahi mahi was cooked to perfection, and I couldn't believe how much I was enjoying seafood. Saltwater won me over.
We ended the evening on a sweet note! For dessert we had the browned butter almond cake with blood oranges, and it was served with fresh whipped cream. It came in its own little cast iron skillet - cute!
I cannot say enough great things about Saltwater. The owner, Luc Chamberland, actually came by our table before we left to ask us about our experience. He was so genuine and sincere, and I truly enjoyed speaking with him. He probably thought I was a crazy person because I kept saying that I was so close to crying happy tears because the food was that good. This is no lie.
If you ever find yourself just north of San Francisco, please visit Saltwater. You will not be disappointed!