Dining with the Stars at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Maldives.net.mv – Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is showcasing a series of unique culinary experiences to excite and inspire its guests’ gastronomical journey over the coming months, further enhancing the resorts’ array of outstanding offerings.
From 8 to 20 October 2015, Vilu Restaurant and Bar will be collaborating with Cloudy Bay Wines to offer an innovative menu dedicated to the tender variety of white asparagus. Guests will be invited to enjoy a specially curated set and a la carte menu where white asparagus takes centre stage alongside culinary delicacies such as black truffle, marinated scallops and Maldivian lobster; with each course expertly paired with wines from acclaimed winery Cloudy Bay from Marlborough, New Zealand. Prices for the six course set menu start from $225 per person included paired wines from Cloudy Bay and a la carte dishes start from $15 with paired wines from only $10 per glass.
From 26 to 31 October 2015, renowned Swedish chef Michael Elfwing from award winning Australian restaurant Cape Lodge, will feature at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s globally renowned restaurant Ithaa Undersea Restaurant for the very first time. Ithaa, an architectural marvel that sits five metres below the ocean surface with 180 degree panoramic views of the coral garden, is the perfect setting for Elfwing to showcase his Australian Swedish influenced molecular gastronomy. Highlights of this creative menu will include malossol imperial caviar, seared foie gras with hazelnut espuma, steamed reef fish with lobster and leek terrine, topped off with desserts featuring unusual elements such as crispy parsnip and manjari and Evian water emulsion. Guests can sample Michaels’ culinary creations over a four course lunch with a choice of main dish ($220 per person) or a seven course dinner with a choice of main dish and a glass of rosé champagne ($350 per person).
From 17 to 21 November 2015, Michelin Starred Chef, Stéphane Gaborieau, of Le Pergolèse in Paris, will be bringing his creative talents to two of the resort’s dining venues. At Vilu Restaurant & Bar (17-21 November 2015), guests can enjoy Stéphane’s specially devised set-menu, whilst for wine connoisseurs the set menu at The Wine Cellar (17 & 20 November 2015) has been carefully paired with complementary wines by the resorts’ Head Sommelier, Kamal Malik. Following a successful event held at Conrad Hong Kong in June 2015, Stéphane will now be gracing the Maldives with his culinary delights for the very first time.
The announcement of these innovative culinary experiences adds to the roll call of culinary milestones at the resort, including the one year anniversary of Ufaa restaurant, taking place in September. The popular restaurant, which means ‘happiness’ in Maldivian, marks a successful first year of innovative Chinese cuisine, curated by celebrity chef Jereme Leung. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has also recently won two prestigious accolades at this year’s annual World Travel Awards in the highly coveted categories of Indian Ocean’s Leading Culinary Hotel and Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel, further strengthening the resort’s culinary credentials.
These events mark an exciting new culinary direction for Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, following the recent announcement of a new Executive Chef, Marco Amarone. From 1 October 2015, Marco will be bringing his wealth of culinary experience to the kitchens of the resort, taking guest’s food and beverage experiences to the next level. Marco joins Conrad Maldives from his homeland of Italy, where he co-owned a restaurant with the Marcopolo Group of Restaurants, Cuneo.
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