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A gastronomic symphony: The Feast of the Sea Experience at Baraabaru

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Nestled in the idyllic Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, Baraabaru restaurant offers a dining experience that transcends expectations. Recently, I had the pleasure of immersing myself in their exquisite “Feast of the Sea” menu, which featured an Indian-style sharing option, allowing us to embark on a culinary journey of diverse and tantalizing flavors.

A Symphony of Starters

The evening began with a triumphant trio of starters – Avocado Pani Puri, Crab Pachadi, and Kolkata Beet Chop. Each dish was a masterpiece in its own right, showcasing the creativity and finesse of the culinary team. The Avocado Pani Puri, with its creamy avocado filling and tangy tamarind chutney, was an inventive twist on a classic Indian street food. The Crab Pachadi was a harmonious blend of delicate crab meat and aromatic spices, and the Kolkata Beet Chop, with its vibrant colors and subtle earthy flavors, was a delightful surprise. These three small bites provided a tantalizing introduction to what would be a memorable meal.

Accompanying these starters was the Potato muska bun with gunpowder masala butter, a combination that took bread and butter to new heights. The muska bun was pillowy soft, and the gunpowder masala butter added a fiery kick that elevated this simple dish into something extraordinary.

Mini Delights to Savor

The third course brought forth a delightful array of mini creations that left our taste buds dancing with joy. The chili pepper crab on an egg appam was a perfect blend of heat and sweetness, with the egg appam serving as a delicate vessel for the succulent crab. The Calicut chicken wings with pineapple chutney transported us to the tropics, offering a delightful fusion of flavors that was both spicy and sweet. The Rock shrimp koliwada with papadum and pomelo was a textural marvel, with crispy shrimp, crunchy papadum, and zesty pomelo coming together in a symphony of tastes and textures.

Before proceeding to the main course, we were treated to a refreshing break with Kalamansi sorbet. This palate cleanser was a burst of citrusy freshness, preparing us for the culinary delights that lay ahead.

The Main Course Extravaganza

The main course arrived with much anticipation, and it did not disappoint. The Allepay prawn curry with red rice was a fragrant and flavorful masterpiece. The prawns were cooked to perfection, and the curry sauce was a harmonious blend of spices that captured the essence of Indian coastal cuisine. Accompanied by the nutty red rice, this dish was a culinary highlight.

The Ghee roast Chicken with dosa was a comforting dish that combined the rich flavors of ghee-roasted chicken with the delicate crispness of dosa. It was a comforting and hearty option for those who appreciate the classics.

The Thalassery lamb biryani was a fragrant revelation. The aroma of spices filled the air as the biryani was served, and each forkful revealed tender pieces of lamb and perfectly cooked rice. It was a testament to the skill and expertise of the chefs in crafting this traditional Indian dish.

A Sweet Symphony of Farewell

To conclude our culinary journey, we were presented with the cardamom banana kulfi. This dessert was a perfect ending to an extraordinary meal. The cardamom-infused kulfi was rich and creamy, and the subtle sweetness of banana added a delightful twist to this classic Indian dessert.

Chef Hari Nayak’s Influence

Our dining experience at Baraabaru was made even more special by the presence of Chef Hari Nayak, a renowned master of modern Indian cuisine. His residency at Baraabaru and collaboration with Head Chef Kishan Singh have elevated the restaurant to new heights. Chef Nayak’s passion for contemporary Indian gastronomy, combined with Chef Singh’s dedication to natural flavors and authentic dishes, resulted in a dining experience that was nothing short of exceptional.

Chef Nayak’s illustrious career, which has taken him from Manipal, India, to the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York, has made him one of the foremost Indian chefs in North America, Asia, and the Middle East. His influence on Baraabaru’s offerings was evident in every dish we savored.

A Harmonious Culinary Symphony

In a sublime union of culinary craftsmanship, Baraabaru brings together the freshest Maldivian produce with global influences, thanks to Chef Nayak’s artful interpretation of contemporary Indian gastronomy. Baraabaru has rightfully earned its place as one of CNN Travel’s top ten “Maldives’ Finest Tables” and has maintained its reputation as the Maldives’ leading Indian restaurant for 25 years.

While Chef Hari’s presence at Baraabaru is seasonal, his influence permeates the restaurant’s offerings year-round through an inspiring set dinner menu. This menu is expertly executed under the guidance of Baraabaru’s Head Chef Kishan Singh, known for his dedication to the natural flavors of food and his focus on fresh, authentic dishes. Together, Chef Nayak and Chef Singh have created a harmonious culinary symphony that reflects their shared values, dreams, and vision for Baraabaru’s culinary artistry.

The Feast of the Sea experience at Baraabaru was nothing short of magical. Each dish was a testament to the skill and creativity of the chefs, and the presence of Chef Hari Nayak added an extra layer of brilliance to the dining experience. Baraabaru is a culinary gem that should be on every food enthusiast’s bucket list, offering a symphony of flavors that will leave a lasting impression. Whether you’re a fan of Indian cuisine or simply appreciate exceptional dining, Baraabaru at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa is a must-visit destination for an unforgettable gastronomic journey.

I must also mention that the food experience at Baraabaru was further elevated by the enchanting presence of live classical Indian music. The mesmerizing sounds of the Tabla, Harmonium, Sitar, and Violin filled the air, creating a harmonious backdrop to our culinary adventure. As we savored each dish, the music added an extra layer of sensory delight, making it a true symphony of culinary art and music. The skilled musicians transported us to the heart of India, infusing the atmosphere with a sense of cultural richness and tradition. It was an unforgettable fusion of flavors and melodies that left a lasting impression, making our dining experience at Baraabaru truly exceptional and one to be cherished forever.

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Sun Siyam Iru Fushi celebrates World Baking Day with collection of Chief Baker Mohamed Abdulla’s Croissanterie

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Sun Siyam Iru Fushi celebrated World Baking Day on May 17, 2024, in style. Guests were treated to a delectable selection of freshly baked croissants, expertly crafted by the esteemed Chief Baker of the resort, Chef Mohamed Abdulla.

World Baking Day is cherished by baking enthusiasts all over the world, and Sun Siyam Iru Fushi went above and beyond to make this year’s celebration unforgettable. Guests at the resort were invited to enjoy a variety of meticulously prepared croissants, created by Chef Mohamed Abdulla and his team. Against the backdrop of the Maldives’ pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, the event not only honoured the art of baking but also showcased the vibrant culinary scene at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi.

Chef Mohamed Abdulla, a local from Shaviyani Atoll who is known for his passion for perfection and innovative culinary creations, left no stone unturned in ensuring that each croissant was a masterpiece of flavour and texture. From classic butter croissants to unique savoury and sweet variations, every bite was a delightful symphony of taste sensations, leaving guests craving for more.

“We are delighted to have celebrated World Baking Day with such enthusiasm and creativity by our homegrown talent,” said Mr. Abdulla Atham, Resort Manager of Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. “Once again, Chef Mohamed Abdulla and his team have showcased their dedication in delivering exceptional Maldivian culinary experiences to our guests.”

The celebration of World Baking Day at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi was a testament to the resort’s commitment to culinary excellence and guest satisfaction. As a leading luxury resort in the Maldives, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi continues to captivate visitors with its unmatched hospitality, breathtaking surroundings, and world-class dining experiences.

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Embark on culinary adventure with Ifuru Island Maldives’ new Social House Theme Nights

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Ifuru Island Maldives has unveiled its latest culinary offering: Social House theme nights, inviting guests to indulge in a gastronomic journey inspired by the world’s oceans. Each night of the week, guests can immerse themselves in a feast of flavours, expertly curated to showcase the diverse cuisines found along the shores of the Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, South China Sea, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Oceans, and beyond.

Monday: Indian Ocean Extravaganza

Kick-start the week with a celebration of Indian and African culinary traditions. Dive into a rich array of fragrant curries, from creamy butter chicken to spicy vindaloo, complemented by tantalising African delicacies such as peri peri chicken and bobotie.

Tuesday: Mediterranean Sea Delights

Transport your taste buds to the shores of the Mediterranean with an array of vibrant dishes bursting with freshness. Indulge in crisp Greek salads drizzled with olive oil, succulent grilled fish seasoned with aromatic herbs, and hearty Moroccan tangines brimming with tender meats and aromatic spices.

Wednesday: South China Sea Fusion

Experience the culinary melting pot of the South China Sea with an enticing fusion of flavors from Thailand, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Delight in the zesty tang of Thai green curry, the savoury satisfaction of Chinese dim sum, the fragrant aromas of Vietnamese pho, and the bold flavours of Filipino adobo.

Thursday: Pacific Ocean Fusion

Embark on a journey across the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, where the culinary landscapes of Peru, Japan, Hawaii, and beyond converge. Sample the freshness of Peruvian ceviche, the artistry of Japanese sushi, the vibrancy of Hawaiian poke bowls, and the eclectic flavours of North American and Chilean cuisine.

Friday: Night of the Atlantic Oceans

Experience the best of the Atlantic Oceans with a sumptuous spread of hearty meats and traditional dishes from France, Argentina, Brazil, the UK, and Spain. Indulge in sizzling steaks from Argentina, tender coq au vin from France, feijoada from Brazil, comforting shepherd’s pie from the UK, and flavourful paella from Spain.

Saturday: International BBQ – White Party

Join us for a lively International BBQ featuring a white-themed party, where guests can indulge in a variety of grilled specialties from around the world, set against the backdrop of Ifuru Island’s breathtaking scenery. Indulge in an array of grilled delights from around the globe, from smoky American ribs and juicy Australian prawns to succulent South African braai and tender Argentine asado, all while dressed in your finest white attire.

Sunday: Maldivian & Seafood Extravaganza

Wind down the week with a leisurely afternoon by the pool, accompanied by a feast of Maldivian specialties and fresh seafood delights. Enjoy an array of freshly caught fish, grilled lobster, and savory tuna dishes, alongside traditional Maldivian favorites like mas huni and garudhiya.

“We are thrilled to introduce our Social House theme nights, offering guests a culinary voyage across the world’s oceans where guests can explore the vibrant tastes of the oceans without ever leaving the island,” said Rochelle Kilgariff, General Manager of Ifuru Island Maldives.

“Each evening promises a unique journey that celebrates the rich tapestry of flavors from around the world,” said the Executive Chef of Ifuru Island Maldives.

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Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives invites chocolate lovers to savour sweetness on World Chocolate Day

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Sun Siyam Iru Fushi invites chocolate lovers to embark on the ultimate cocoa adventure during World Chocolate Day on July 7th, 2024 while turning up the sweetness with a line-up of exclusive events featuring the Luchie Suguitan, the genius chocolatier and co-founder of Co-Chocolat, a premium chocolate maker based in Dubai.

The day’s festivities will include:

  • Morning Event: Guests will kick start their day with a tantalizing Vegan Chocolate breakfast presentation at Iru restaurant, featuring a variety of delectable creations showcasing Co Chocolat’s artisanal expertise against the stunning Maldivian backdrop.
  • Afternoon Event: In the afternoon, guests can join a Vegan Chocolate Cooking Class Demo Presentation with Luchie. Participants will learn to craft two signature desserts, from rich truffles to elegant soufflés, amidst the island’s picturesque scenery.
  • Evening Event: As the sun sets, indulge in a Vegan Chocolate Dessert presentation during the dinner buffet at Iru restaurant. Luchie will showcase a selection of sumptuous chocolate delights, promising an unforgettable gastronomic experience under the stars.

Luchie Suguitan’s journey to co-founding Co-Chocolat with her sister Eman began with a quest for healthy chocolates. Disappointed by the lack of options during their travels, they ventured to the Philippines to study cacao farming. Their experience led to the establishment of OPM in 2016, supporting Filipino cacao farmers. Today, with the support of 42 impact investors from various countries, Luchie and Eman continue to champion fine cocoa and healthy chocolates through Co-Chocolat. Their dedication to sourcing premium ingredients and promoting sustainable farming practices has not only elevated the chocolate-making process but also created a community-driven brand focused on delivering exceptional taste and nutritional value. Co-Chocolat’s chocolates are crafted in micro-batches, ensuring each piece is a testament to quality and care. By sourcing beans from small-holding farmers who take pride in their produce, the brand not only supports local communities but also ensures the premium quality of its chocolates. With a commitment to transparency and traceability, Co-Chocolat invites consumers to not only indulge in delicious treats but also to support a sustainable and socially responsible chocolate-making process.

“We are thrilled to partner with Luchie Suguitan and Co Chocolat to celebrate World Chocolate Day in true Maldivian style,” said Abdulla Atham, Resort Manager at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. “This extraordinary event exemplifies our commitment to delivering exceptional culinary experiences that elevate the senses and create lasting memories for our guests.”

Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to embark on a chocolate-filled journey of discovery at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. Book your stay now and immerse yourself in the ultimate chocolate lover’s paradise amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Maldives. For more information about the World Chocolate Day celebration or to book your stay please click here.

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