Seasalt at Alila Seminyak

Exquisite Taste - - Up Close & Personal -

Seasalt is un­like any other, rather than choos­ing a re­gional culi­nary genre as its in­spi­ra­tion in cre­at­ing its menu, the ocean­front restau­rant chooses the sea and its big­gest com­mod­ity – the salt – as its muse. Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Vi­vian Vi­talis com­bines fresh seafood and lo­cal pro­duce with modern con­tem­po­rary cook­ing tech­niques and adds a twist of Ja­panese, which re­sult in a state-of-the-art culi­nary pre­sen­ta­tion that tastes as de­li­cious as it is in­no­va­tive. “To com­bine these el­e­ments, from the trea­sures of the sea that is the seafood it­self to the dish on your table, we need to cre­ate not only some­thing beau­ti­ful, but also some­thing mem­o­rable in terms of flavour and pre­sen­ta­tion,” Vi­vian ex­plained.

The unique fu­sion of ideas and in­spi­ra­tions at Seasalt can be wit­nessed early on, as be­fore you start your meal, you will be guided through the sig­na­ture Seasalt

Rit­ual. A cen­tre­piece that por­trays what Seasalt is about is served, looking like a lump of sea salt en­crusted with shells and sur­rounded by coral. Right next to it is a tray of sour­dough and a lit­tle wooden mal­let. Your host of the evening will use the mal­let to crack the sea salt crust, un­veil­ing a small rilette of mack­erel, but­ter and may­on­naise, wrapped in sea­weed – ready to be spread on the sour­dough.

While the menu of Seasalt is filled with creative seafood dishes (and a hand­ful of non-seafood se­lec­tions too), and we un­der­stand it can be hard to choose only one or two, Vi­vian sug­gests din­ers try Seasalt’s sig­na­ture white snap­per. The dish is baked in salt crust – a tech­nique orig­i­nat­ing from Si­cily, Italy – re­sult­ing in per­fectly suc­cu­lent and sea­soned fish.

The snap­per comes with five Ja­pane­se­in­flu­enced sides – or as they say, “sea sides” – in­clud­ing potato kat­suobushi salad, yuzu cu­cum­ber sesame salad and dashi but­ter lemon sauce. It’s def­i­nitely a unique melt­ing pot of culi­nary cre­ativ­ity.

White snap­per

White snap­per with sea sides

Seasalt rit­ual

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