Saltwater

For Srdjan Stojic, picking a name was the easiest part of starting his new restaurant, Saltwater.

“It’s obvious,” he says. “We’re surrounded by it.”

The high-end restaurant with a focus on local food opened at 284 Duckworth Street in late August. One wall of the dining room is covered in salty planks from a Battery fishing stage, and chef Michael Gillan serves up dishes like mussels steamed in seawater seasoned with locally harvested seaweed.

Finding local produce is usually a challenge, but seaweed? Relatively easy. The suppliers were shocked, says Stojic. “No one ever ordered a kilogram of seaweed before.”