Earlier in the pandemic, Back Bay seafood standout Saltie Girl moved from its intimate original home (281 Dartmouth St., Boston) into the much larger space of its sibling and neighbor, Met Back Bay (279 Dartmouth St., Boston); the original Saltie Girl space became the temporary home for Saltie Girl Seafood Pizza, which served exactly what it sounds like. Now, the pizzeria is making way for another temporary Saltie Girl offshoot, Pêche by Saltie Girl, which will open on December 1 and operate through the holiday season.
Pêche is serving a prix fixe menu, focusing on a choice of one of three seafood entrees — fish and chips ($35), whole grilled flounder ($35), or lobster frites ($55). Here’s the full menu, which also includes French bread and salad, along with optional dessert and an optional caviar supplement, because why not:
Owner Kathy Sidell was inspired by Le Relais de L’Entrecôte, a chain of restaurants in Paris and beyond where the menu consists simply of walnut salad, steak frites, and dessert. An announcement from the Saltie Girl team also cites the continuing labor shortage as a contributing factor: It takes a smaller team to execute a menu of three dishes as opposed to, for example, 25. Alongside Sidell and chef Kyle McClelland’s compact menu, full bar service is available.
While Pêche is open, diners can make a reservation on Resy for parties of three to five; walk-ins will also be seated if there’s space. (Navigate through Saltie Girl’s Resy page to find Pêche tickets, which are available a week in advance and marked with an event icon.)
For those who dine at the restaurant, Pêche is requiring either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from within the 24 hours before the meal. Limited takeout will also be available, but not delivery.
Pêche will be serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, opening at 11 a.m. daily. It joins a growing tradition of temporary lunch services during the holiday season — those who have some extra days off can enjoy luxurious midday meals at restaurants that typically focus on dinner, like Yvonne’s and Grill 23.
Update, November 22, 2021: This piece has been updated to include a new version of the menu that includes pricing for desserts.