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1315 Third Street Promenade, Unit H
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Kayvan Gabbay Grilled salmon sandwich


  • Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Kid Friendly
The Voltaggio brothers, Michael and Bryan, have teamed up on STRFSH, their latest venture located on the second floor of the recently remodeled and refurbished Gallery Food Hall on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade (its next-door neighbor is David Beran’s incredible tasting-menu-only Dialogue). The STRFSH menu is simplicity itself: fish sandwiches, french fries and drinks. Each piece of fish, whether salmon or swordfish (there are only two options, to keep prices down, and it’s all “responsibly harvested”), is grilled to order with a variety of spice-rub options, from the recommended Old Bay to curry; it’s then smeared with one of nearly a dozen sauces (including ocean ranch and Cajun remoulade) and topped with veggies, cheese, even kimchi, on a soft potato roll. Think of these sandwiches as a healthier option to your usual cheeseburger. Perfectly grilled salmon in Old Bay seasoning (referencing perhaps Bryan’s Maryland home base) topped with ripe avocado, oozing cheddar cheese, pickles and caramelized onions is greater than the sum of its individual parts, making for one tasty sandwich. —Kayvan Gabbay

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