Celebrity Chef Melds Rustic Farmhouse with Modern Casino Glitz
Get a taste of the Big Apple in Tampa with the new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant by celebrity chef, Marc Murphy. Inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Marc Murphy has brought his latest concept to the Bay area. The rustic farmhouse meets modern-twist interior, sets the tone for a casual, yet refined, dining experience. The interior of Grey Salt is clean and reminiscent of easier, simpler times. Large jars of bright yellow lemons decorate one wall inside the restaurant, along with chopped wood for the grill and other spice filled jars. The exposed kitchen allows guests to watch the culinary team create the delicious dishes and watch the rotisserie go around.
While the Bay area has cultivated many local celebrity chefs, it now attracts national chefs, as well. The latest addition being New York-based, Chef Marc Murphy. The culinary bar is certainly being raised, much to the Bay area foodies delight.
“Tampa is a great location for my Mediterranean inspired grill because of the close proximity to the Gulf and its amazing seafood,” says Murphy. “The climate is also very similar to the Mediterranean where I grew up, spending time in Italy and France. Tampa was the perfect location and I’m looking forward to creating an oasis for people to enjoy. Tampa has a fantastic community of restaurants and I am excited to be part of it. I’m so impressed with the dining scene and I look forward to joining such a talented group of chefs.”
In addition to his restaurant and catering group, Murphy appears regularly on The Food Network, along with other guest chef TV appearances. His debut cookbook: Season with Authority: Confident Home Cooking was released last year.
The Seminole Hard Rock established its culinary chops with Council Oak Steakhouse and Grey Salt is the newest addition to add to the dining scene. A focus on locally sourced ingredients including local seafood, along with flatbreads, handmade pastas and rotisserie and grilled meats fill the menu. The selection on cheese and charcuterie boards make for a great starter, displayed nicely with pickled vegetables, marcona almonds – almost a meal in itself. One of General Manager Thomas Allen’s favorite dishes is the housemade pasta bolognese and I couldn’t agree more. Cooked to perfection, the red sauce with skirt steak topped the cooked to al dente pasta and rich ricotta cheese. He shared that once the deluxe pasta maker arrived, all the chefs were so busy ‘playing’, he had to remind them to get to work. Another delicious dish is the spinach ricotta gnudi topped with brown butter and sage.
For a side, try the lentils which were hearty and tasty, not mushy at all. Other entrees include wood-grilled prime skirt steak, snapper, grouper, lamb chops and roasted duck. The chocolate hazelnut tart served with pine nut gelato and a cappuccino is worth saving room for to end the meal. The round, curved bar near the entrance is a great place to grab a pre-dinner handcrafted cocktail, glass of wine or craft beer. M
Located inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5223 North Orient Road, Tampa, FL 33610
813-627-8100 | www.seminolehardrock.com
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