Seri Muara Alai
8, Jalan Km 2
Coordinates: 2.171441, 102.307023
When you ask around for Ikan Bakar or seafood joints in Melaka the areas of Umbai and Muara Sungai Duyung are the usual household names.
Researching online we stumbled on a so-called well-kept secret among the local Melakans, that there is a third seafood joint that they normally go to in order to avoid tourist traffic.
Armed with this little nugget of information, and wanting to be among the first ones there for dinner to enjoy the view we left our budget hotel early in the evening for a place called Alai.
Twenty minutes later, and it being twenty past six in the evening we arrived at Alai. Situated beside a small river that flows to the Straits of Melaka Haji Nasir Ikan Bakar had just opened for business and its personnel were still hastily preparing for the crowd that would eventual invade their premises.
|the sign welcoming us|
|a riverside treat|
|under the auspices of the local Fisheries Department|
|grille at the ready!|
We walked into the place and surveyed the variety of seafood that we will able to choose, either to be deep fried or grilled later.
We eventually settled on a plate of Fried Calamari and two grilled fish of undetermined species (which we think are Snappers). Also, with any other seafood joint in Melaka the 1Otak-Otak is a customary side dish.
1grilled fish cake made of ground fish meat mixed with tapioca starch and spices
|the pair of snappers?|
|time to put the camera away!|
The verdict? Very fresh squid and fish, great ambiance, amazing view and with the entire meal costing below RM50 Haji Nasir Ikan Bakar is surprising within the league of the everyday food for the everyday man!