Seasalt, Coastal Dining with a Buzz
Seasalt, a dining venue at the seaside from Alila Seminyak in Bali, has recently opened, and aims to be a must-visit seafood destination whilst strolling around the Seminyak area.
For Alila Seminyak, Seasalt marked the start of a tantalizing new seascape dining experience, exciting palates with an enticing taste of the sea through a selection of fresh seafood with a dash of Japanese cuisine.
Some creations to drool over include white snapper, Seasalt’s signature sea salt baked fish; niçoise, the famous fresh French salad that comes with katsuobushi and two-year-old black miso; and the beautiful blue swimmer crab, where crab mayonnaise meets chawanmushi. To accompany the ocean cuisine, an artisanal centerpiece made of sea salt is served during dinner time.
Seasalt is captained by Chef Vivian Vitalis, who hails from Penampang in Sabah, East Malaysia. Chef Vivian began his culinary career in 2002 at the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton in Kuala Lumpur, going on to work his way through the ranks in many leading luxury resorts across Malaysia, including Pangkor Laut, Tanjong Jara and Gaya Island resorts.
Vivian’s culinary style and skills have also been shaped alongside influential chefs such as Johann Lafer at the Michelin-starred Le Val d’Or in Stromberg, Germany, and Ito San at the award-winning Japanese fine dining restaurant Gonbei at Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. The latter greatly impacted his interest in Japanese cuisine.
Vivian’s culinary philosophy and passion reflect the growing trend towards a healthier, more down-to-earth lifestyle. Working with neighboring fishermen and local suppliers, he sought out the finest seafood in the region as well as local produce. Fresh, natural and organic is the essence of his cuisine, allowing the natural flavors of the ingredients to speak for themselves.
Under his guidance, Seasalt’s seafood selection menu offers a deliciously diverse dining experience, which can be enjoyed at any time of day, on any occasion, with friends, family, or a loved one. Apart from the three delectable dishes mentioned earlier, some dishes involving shio koji, a special fermented rice mixed with sea salt, a typical Japanese tradition that tenderizes meats and fish and gives a natural umami flavor.
Besides enjoying a taste of the sea, diners at Seasalt will find themselves immersed in the sensation of sailing on the ocean, thanks to its inspired design.
Stepping into Seasalt will take you into what resembles a stylish seaside residence, dominated by ocean hues and cozy décor. The vibrancy of an open kitchen, the changing patterns of light and shadow on the outdoor decks throughout the day, and the feel of the ocean breeze also serve to create a remarkable sense of openness and connection to the ocean for a relaxed coastal dining experience.
Alila Seminyak, Jalan Taman Ganesha No. 9 Petitenget, Bali
T: +62 361 3021 889
Photographs by: Alila Seminyak