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“Great wine list with McDonald's fries”
Review of Sea.Fire.Salt

Sea.Fire.Salt
Ranked #19 of 64 Restaurants in Mai Khao
Price range: $1 - $4
Cuisines: Seafood, Grill
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Restaurants in Mai Khao wouldn’t be complete without delectable seafood cuisine. Sea.Fire.Salt serves up a fiery beachside barbeque of the freshest fish and seafood accompanied by a tableside Salt Sommelier to give your meal that finishing touch. Complimenting the food is a unique and sophisticated blend of design, music and lighting.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great wine list with McDonald's fries”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

My wife and I ate here for her 31st birthday and were not impressed. We chose Sea.Fire.Salt because of its unique concept and great looking online sample menu. When we arrived the first thing that we noticed was that the real menu was about half the size of the online sample menu. As it turns out the portions are about half the size of what you would expect as well:

My wife decided to try to Crab Cakes appetizer--quite tasty (spicy, meaty, fresh), but only one crab cake. She paired this with a bowl of the seafood stew (a signature dish)--the cream base was light, but had flavor of warm milk and the seafood was cut so small that it had no choice but to be chewy.

I decided on the tiger prawns served on a Himalayan Salt Brick--very excited, but very underwhelmed. They were very overcooked, tough and had no seasoning (ironically, they weren't even salty). The presentation was excellent-- four healthy prawns atop a (hot!-yep, I touched it) salt brick and three sides: fries, steamed (menu said wok fried, but they were steamed) vegetables and a salad. We both tried the fries and made the exact same comment--they tasted like McDonald's fries. We do like McDonald's fries but not as a side for an 1100THB entree. In fact, not really as a side for prawns.

We decided to push the Visa card even further and try dessert-Mango Sticky rice. Unfortunately, the rice was salty (cooked on a salt brick?) and the coconut cream flavorless. Mango was great...

The wine list was remarkable--even the by-the-glass selections were good. This isn't something that you expect for Thailand, as wine duties are exorbitant.

Service was good but a bit aloof--they seated us next to the kitchen service window when the indoor dining room was almost empty. It is always weird to us when we can eat at a local Thai shack and the owner (check out JJ's) asks four times how the food was, but when you eat at a high end resort, they rarely (or in this case, never) ask.

The table sitting behind us sent their fish back-so I know we weren't the only ones being critical. The steaks (tenderloin) looked great.

Bottom Line: Maybe it was Sunday night and they put in their b-string kitchen team, but that's not acceptable when you are the premier restaurant at a ~700USD a night resort. Cooking/serving meat on a hot skillet is extraordinarily difficult, but when it's your unique concept, you can't bomb it. The concept is attractive and unique but the execution is poor. Maybe drop in for a glass of wine and a crab cake...

  • Visited November 2013
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“Average at Best...Overrated with Terrible Service”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

While the setting was excellent (beach front), the food was mediocre at best only. The worst experience was the service. Very slow, inattentive, often got our requets wrong. Even though we stayed at the Anantara Phuket Villas for an entire week, after eating at this restaurant once we never returned for a second visit. We actually preferred restaurants at other nearby hotels better than this one.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank RNG1008
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Boca Raton, Florida
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“Salt Sommelier brings a unique touch!”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

What an amazing concept. The restaurant offers a salt sommelier who pairs your dishes from appetizers through first course until main course with 16 different types of salts from all around the world.

Both my husband and I end up having favorites in this amazing restaurant. The decor is light blue, the colors of the ocean with wooden furniture interior. Guests can choose from indoor or outdoor seating. Outdoor one can watch the sunset with a pre-dinner drink from the Infinity Bar and hear the sounds of the ocean as the beach is literally 50 meters walk away from the Main Pool area and Sea.Fire.Salt restaurant.
The Restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it is recommended to make a reservation as it is a very popular dinner venue.

Signature dishes are served on a Himalayan SaltBrick. Choose between Salmon, Snapper, Shrimp, Phuket Lobster or Scallops. Or for the meat lovers there are steaks and kebabs served on table-side grills.

The Bar whips up some incredibly tasty martinis such as lychee and ginger martini which has become a personal favorite. The restaurant at times sell small salt samples and you can request to buy a small bottle of your favorite salt to take home.

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank VickyLauda
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful food in a wonderful setting”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

We stayed next door at the JW Marriott and had dinner at the Sea Salt Fire.....absolutely wonderful. The setting is just beautiful (very 'zen' and tranquil with a beautful view of the sea), the service was faultless and the food was just wonderful. Can't recommend this restaurant highly enough if you're visiting this part of Phuket.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Bev M
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Belgium
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“Not a 'Signature' Restaurant for us!”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

Although most of the previous reviews were positive, we were not happy with our experience.

The location is great but the organization and coordination is terrible.
- Examples :
- our cocktails were served together with our first course.
- the wine we ordered was offered when we finished our meal...

Food was OK but looking at the portions and quality it was overpriced.
Seafood looked great but count on 100 USD/person for a decent dinner.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Frank-Ilse
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