The Residence Maldives is run by Cenizaro, a Singapore based company, and that made me curious as to what the daily menu at the resort would be composed of. I was thrilled to know that the head chef is from Indonesia with much experience in Asian and Western cooking. Then, the next concern was if the children would like the menu – every parent’s worry. My children are not fussy eaters in general but out of 4 children, one is bound to disagree with something the others like. For more about their special offers see below.
When I discovered Pad Thai, Mee Goreng, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nasi Goreng, Char Siu Wonton Noodles, on the menu I was delighted, and even more delighted that the authentic tasting dishes were prepared well. The pool side restaurant where we ate at almost everyday served all the mentioned Asian delights as well as good quality pizzas, burgers, pastas, and sandwiches. One of my husband’s favourite request in the Maldives is Spaghetti Alio, Olio e Pepperoncino using the extremely hot Maldivian chilli. This was made to perfection. If you are into spicy food do ask to try the flavoursome Maldivian chilli, perfect with Pad Thai and Mee Goreng but heed my warning – they are very spicy!
Breakfast & Dinner
Breakfast and dinner is usually served in the open-aired main dining room. Breakfast has a wide variety of options from deli meats, pancakes, chinese porridge, pastries, yoghurts, fresh honey comb, sushi and so forth. Perhaps the only missing thing was more organic options but the children loved every meal regardless and lapped up their food at meal times. Dinner is an a la carte menu with different curries varying from Maldivian to Thai or pasta with crab as well as vegetarian options. On occasion when we chose in-villa dining, the food was also of excellent quality, and we were excited for meal times.
Formal Dining at Fulhumaa Restaurant
For formal dining options, the hotel has its signature Fulhumaa Restaurant nesting itself on a pier where you can hear the lapping of the waves over the reef, and guests dine under the stars on a clear night hoping for no evening showers. The dishes are thoughtfully creative in line with any fine dining restaurant and we tried the tenderised pork dish and the tasty wagyu beef served on a bed of Himalayan salt cooked to choice.
The Residence Maldives also caters for other dining options but we didn’t have time to try it all including a dinner at the Sunset Grill, a private dining option, and a picnic on a deserted island.
Our deep sea fishing expedition led my son, Lorenzo, to catch a large local fish called the Wa Hu, and can be described to be from the same family as the Barracuda. The kitchens then prepared the fish in a variety of ways including sashimi, Thai curry and grilled.
To check out our family’s review click here.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016