The relaunch of signature restaurant, Kashiveli, at luxury Maldivian resort Gili Lankanfushi, has guests all excited this month. Find out why. By Shikha Pushpan
Gili Lankanfushi, the gorgeous island resort in North Male Atoll, has set a high benchmark in sustainable travel by employing eco-friendly materials in its make, and a zero-waste management system in an effort to promote responsible tourism. A forerunner in barefoot luxury, wellness, and gastronomy, Gili Lankanfushi has more than one reason for you to check in right now.
Recently, the hotel relaunched its signature restaurant, Kashiveli, to take their guests on a global culinary journey, inspired by the coralline white sands of Maldives. This restaurant sits in a picturesque earthy abode right where Lankanfushi Island meets the Indian Ocean. Executive Chef Aldo Cadau has taken cue from Kashiveli or white sand, an integral part in the lives of the locals, to present a vibrant Maldivian fare curated with locally-sourced ingredients.
Thrice every week, however, the restaurant will lay out a handpicked selection of global dishes and showcase its diversity. From Alicante in Spain to Nosy-Be in Madagascar and Padang in Indonesia, the Gili Culinary Journey programme hopes to introduce the flavours of nine global hotspots. Some of the signature preparations to look forward to including handmade culurgiones pasta with lobsters, artichoke, Vermentino wine, and saffron, and spicy lamb aatukkari kuzhambu.
At the heart of the culinary genius at Kashiveli is its farm-to-table approach. From herbs and spices to fruits and salad leaves, the menu at the restaurant is curated out of the produce sourced from the island’s organic garden (among the largest in Maldives). Additionally, the reef fish and meat are sustainably sourced through local suppliers and fishermen.
Kashiveli is the resort’s latest addition to two of its existing restaurants—By the Sea and Overwater Bar. While the former serves Japanese fusion food curated with locally-sourced seafood at the island’s northern shores, the latter is the place to enjoy lighter lunches and sundowner cocktails while spotting sharks and rays. However, if a private dining is what you’re looking for, request a setup at any one of your favourite spots around the island.