SERVES 2 PREPARATION 30MIN COOKING 45MIN SKILL LEVEL MID
150 g pilaf rice
35 g unsalted butter
100 g red onion, diced
50 g cleaned cuttlefish, sliced into 5 mm strips
5 g salt
175 ml fish stock
1 small pinch saffron threads
1 tsp cumin
200 g skinless snapper fillet
30 g peeled garlic cloves
75 ml olive oil
1 tbspsquid ink
50 g tahini paste
1 tbsp lemon juice
35 ml water
1 pinch salt
½ leek, white part only, quartered
1 tbsp olive oil
1 knob butter
1 lime, halved
25 g slivered almonds, to garnish
25 g pine nuts, to garnish
For the blackened snapper, place the garlic and olive oil in a small saucepan over low heat and cook until tender but not coloured. Blend the garlic cloves, 1 tbsp of the garlic oil and the squid ink with a hand-held blender until smooth. Rub the fish with the paste, place in a cryovac bag and seal. Heat a saucepan of water to 75ºC and poach the snapper for 16 minutes or until cooked (you may need to keep moving the pan of water on and off the heat – a simmer mat is ideal) (see Note).
For the leek garnish, wrap the leek, butter and oil in a baking paper parcel, then in aluminium foil. Place on a hot barbecue and cook for about 10 minutes or until tender.
Sprinkle the limes with the sumac and grill until nicely charred. Set aside.
For the sayadieh rice, wash and drain the rice 3-4 times in cold water to remove the starch. Heat the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat, add the onion and cook until starting to soften.
Add the cuttlefish and cook for 1 minute. Add the spices and cook for 30 seconds.
Add the rice and sauté for a few minutes so the rice is coated in butter.
Add the salt and stock, stirring well.
Cover with a lid, bring to a gentle simmer, stir one more time, cover with a round of double aluminium foil (or a lid). Wait till you see the steam building up in the foil, then quickly turn the heat down to low and cook for 15 minutes, then remove from the heat and set aside for 10 minutes to steam.
For the tarator sauce, blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
To serve, spread the rice on the base of serving plates, drizzle over the tarator sauce, scatter over the nuts, top with the fish and then the leek salad and grilled lime.
For the plating, place the sayadieh rice at the bottom then spared the tarator on top then sprinkle with nuts. Place the fish on top of the rice. Combine the roasted link with the coriander and mint and garnish the fish. Serve with the grilled lime.
• At the restaurant, we cook the fish in a sous vide machine.
Photography, styling and food preparation by China Squirrel.