To your left: many abalone shells on a wall.
Farther to your left: someone wrangling an octopus.
Even farther to your left: probably some houses. Because you, friend, are in Oakland. You’re in a Baja-inspired bistro in Oakland.
Goes by the name Salsipuedes. It’s a nautical oasis that you’ll frequent with dates who require small plates and rosé, then more small plates and rosé, and it opens tomorrow.
Step inside. Start getting some serious Ensenada vibes. Then, head toward the communal table and settle into one of those blue school chairs near the big fish mural. (Here’s your slideshow.)
Maybe you’re in the mood for a Cherry Kush ale or an Ensenada pilsner. Or maybe you’ll weigh your wine-by-the-liter options and be reassured of your decision to make this a double-date night.
Eventually, you’ll want to let the Meadowood vet back in the kitchen do what he does. Which happens to be small plates like beef tongue and uni, black cod tiradito and octopus melt bao. (Menu’s right in here.)
And should you find yourself here on a Tuesday, try the “Burgers & Fries” special. Which is actually chicken katsu torta and tempura sea beans.
So the good kind of bait and switch.