Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives, introduces new gastronomic vision with restaurant relaunch and new gourmet experiences

PUBLISHED June 24, 2018

This summer, Gili Lankanfushi heralds  a dynamic  new culinary  direction with  the  relaunch of  its  signature island  restaurant as  Kashiveli - showcasing locally-sourced, nutritious ingredients and vibrant Maldivian  flavours.  Overseen by executive chef  Aldo  Cadau,  the restaurant will celebrate the bounty and abundance of the island's lush tropical location, marrying the very best produce from land and sea.


Located where the island meets the sea, Kashiveli is named after  the coralline white sand which fringes the  shoreline and  plays a central role in traditional Maldivian  home  life. For  generations, islanders throughout the archipelago have collected the brightest kashiveli sand and used this to decorate their homes, changing  the white sand floors every Ramadan to represent the new beginning.


To  celebrate the  restaurant  relaunch, the  island  is set  to  introduce the  Gili  Culinary Journey,  a rotating selection of international dishes which offer guests a global tasting tour without stepping foot off the spectacular beaches of the North Male Atoll. Offered three  nights per week at Kashiveli, the Gili CulinaryJourney will celebrate the heritage and talent ofGili Lankanfushi's culinary team with  a diverse   range  of  signature dishes,  including handmade  culurgiones pasta  with   lobster, artichoke, Vermentino wine and saffron, inspired by Cadau's home  town of Cagliari,  Sardinia,  and richly spiced lamb aatukkari kuzhambu, hailing  from  executive sous chef  Harinath Govindaraj locale of Karaikudi, Tamil  Nadu. The  rotating menu of signature dishes will touch  upon  nine global gourmet hotspots in all, reaching from Alicante, Spain to Nosy-Be, Madagascar and Padang,  Indonesia.


The island's vast organic garden  - amongst  the largest in the Maldives  - will provide an abundance of fresh  produce for Kashiveli, from herbs  and spices to fruit and salad leaves. Additional fresh, seasonal produce, including reef fish, meat and vegetables, will be sourced sustainably through local Maldivian suppliers, fishermen and farmers.


Kashiveli  joins the island's two existing dining options - By the Sea, serving deliciousJapanese fusion dishes using locally-sourced seafood  and reef fish overlooking the calm waters of the island's northern shore, and the Overwater Bar, offering lighter lunches and sundowner cocktails with a view of visiting sharks  and rays. The  island also offers  an enticing array of destination dining locations, from  BBQ dinners on secluded  sandbars  to lantern-lit feasts amongst  towering palms.


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