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“Trying to be Something they are not”
Review of Seasalt - CLOSED

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Seasalt
Cuisines: Seafood, Mediterranean
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Reservations, Waitstaff
Australia
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177 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Trying to be Something they are not”
Reviewed June 29, 2010

My wife chose this restaurant to celebrate her dad's birthday. Let me tell you why we were very disapointed.

Firstly you walk into the reception of a hotel (of which looks tired and shabby). Then we walked into the resteraunt, which is actually part of the hotel. The decor of the restaurant was also very tired. And I might add the location is nothing special either. No views. Not in a particularly exciting part of town.

To add to this very unappealing first impression, there was only two tables of people and it was deathly quiet (you could hear a pin drop). Now it was a Monday night, so maybe the restaurant has slightly more ambience on the weekends?

Ok to the food. As the title states, Seasalt are trying to be something they are not...Exquisite Fine Dining (and with a price to match). The presentation of the food was very nice and appealing, however we could tell that they did not use top quality ingredients and that the food was not prepared / cooked to bring out all the flavours and texutures that one would expect for $36+ mains and $24+ Entrees.

Last but not least, the service was poor to average. Not that the lovely French girls were rude or anything, but they were obviously inexperienced and made a few mistakes. Plus the service was slow. Again, not what one would expect when you are paying this sort of money.

So, in summary. I would suggest that Seasalt either do one of two things. 1) Renovate the tired looking restaurant, drastically improve the quality of food, and provide 1st class service or 2) Decrease your prices by at least half to match the average food, decor and service.

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Amsterdam
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing”
Reviewed March 4, 2010

We stayed at the Inchcolm hotel and because of the heavy rain decided to eat at Seasalt, which is located in the hotel. We were pleasantly surprised. The food was absolutely wonderful and the service was great. Only minus was that the restaurant was mostly empty, except for a large dinner party in another room, so staff were super busy. But best food we had in Queensland.

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1 Thank 79LauraW
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Australiawide
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Food - will go back”
Reviewed February 15, 2010

Innovative menu, well thought out, great presentation

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Thank January999
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Seattle, Washington
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Food is always great and...”
Reviewed April 12, 2008

Food is always great and well priced with decent wine selection. Russell Armstrong (chef/owner) is definitely one of this countries’ finest. Had an awesome degustation menu there one night which was out of this world!

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Thank Michael D
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“The location is rather odd. Actually great food. Wine is hit and miss”
Reviewed March 26, 2008

The location is rather odd. Actually great food. Wine is hit and miss

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