INFO: Open daily from 7pm, East Crescent, 04 457 5454, www.rixos.com.
There are few things better than eating seafood al fresco, and with Salt’s Turkish twist it feels like you’re a million miles away from a man-made island. The simple white and glass decor sets the tone for a laidback meal that celebrates fresh ingredients and uncomplicated cooking techniques. For starters, look no further than the cold mezze and chilled seafood platter. The pairing of juicy, sweet watermelon with the salty, crumbly Ezine cheese was a perfectly balanced combination, and the seafood was cooked expertly. For mains, any of the grilled seafood options will leave you satisfied; they arrive in substantial proportions with tasty accompaniments that don’t detract from the subtle fish flavours. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with traditional Middle Eastern sweets like helva, kunefe and baklava. While the weather’s cool enough, make sure to enjoy one of your last al fresco meals at Salt. The great memories will be enough to get you through the summer.
On The Menu
** Starters **
Cold mezze: pickled cucumber, hummus, vine leaves, mussel dolma, octopus salad, rocket salad, melon with Ezine cheese and eggplant salad (Dhs275)
Hot mezze: fried calamari, cheese borek, pastrami borek and seafood kebbeh (Dhs275)
Salt chilled seafood platter: a mixture of prawns, crab, oysters and lobster served with dips and crushed, flavoured sea salt (Dhs375)
** Mains **
Grilled sea bass with steamed citrus-scented asparagus and saffron risotto (Dhs170)
Grilled marinated prawns served with an avocado, blood orange and micro leaf salad with a dill emulsion (Dhs175)
** Desserts **
Traditional helva: semolina cooked with pine nuts, orange and sugar syrup served with cinnamon ice cream (Dhs40)
Homemade baklava (Dhs40)