We have been to “Salty’s” once before and walked out with a bad taste in our mouths. However my partner had forgotten this and made them the destination for his birthday dinner this year. And as far as a lively spot in Penticton with an expansive menu and plenty of drinks goes, they certainly met the criteria, and he made the right choice.
A skull and cross bones marks the spot to their pirate themed restaurant. A theme noted on their drinks menu, and with the pirate and mermaid silhouette marking the respective washrooms between men and women.
Our group of 6 were able to reserve a seat on the covered side of their patio. Under a heat lamp and adjacent to a fire pit that would keep us warm all night. In fact the latter was so strong that a few of us felt like we were getting a heat stroke, and the others sweated through their t-shirts. We eventually had the staff shut the heaters off after realizing that lowering the setting didn’t make much of a difference.
Here, I will only be covering what my partner and I ate, with respect to what I tried and can now review.
We started with some drinks. Their fish bowls come in either the “Pacific” or “Atlantic”. I got the former which included blue curaco for this neon hue; along with Absolut citrus vodka, lambs rum, beefeater gin, olmeca tequila, and bar lime. This was a sweet drink that did the trick.
Following it I had the “Big dog”, a lime margarita on the rocks with an upside down Coronita. Exactly as I expected it to be. Here the sharp citrus was a nice change from the sugar above.
To eat, my partner had the exact same dish he had two years ago for his birthday, and it was as he remembered it. A 6oz Creekstone Farms black angus, sirloin steak with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. A thick cut prepared medium rare with a pink centre. Wonderfully partnered with the garlicky smooth whipped potato and the firm asparagus stalks.
I too went safe with their Pad Thai prepared with shrimp, chicken, tofu, egg, Thai sauce, rice noodle, and bean sprouts. Topped with roasted peanuts and fresh cilantro. Good, but a little too tangy with the amount of tamarind used. Chewy noodles with plenty of varying textures and the freshness of the raw sprouts. I was satisfied by it, but it was no where near authentic.
For dessert the birthday boy had a “Chocolate mousse cake”. Dark chocolate cake layered with chocolate mousse, drenched in salted caramel and chocolate ganache, and served on a raspberry coulis. And he devoured the soften mass of chocolate it with his sweet tooth.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – No.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
The service was better today and this experience was certainly redeeming. An easy spot by the beach, with plenty to satisfy most appetites. Don’t deny your cravings.
1000 Lakeshore Drive, Penticton BC, V2A 1C1