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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