When it was time for our Christmas dinner in Maldives, we had several different restaurants to choose from at Kuramathi. The choice ended up on Duniye – the world cuisine that we thought could make our eve better. As of the moment we walked in, the atmosphere was really good, and the waiters met us with a big smile on their lips. Great start in our opinion. The staff on the restaurant was very warm and welcoming, interested in where we came from and how our experience at Kuramathi was coming along.
For our Christmas Dinner we had:
Ceps Risotto, with Parmesan tuile, parmesan block shaving and safflower oil.
Wagyu beef tenderloin, with bing dry cherries chutney, coconut polenta maja blanca style, baby corn tempura, sea salt flakes and Tasmania peppers.
3 eggs / 3 chocolates / 3 species, 3 egg shells stuffed with Valrohna dark chocolate mousse with cinnamon, ivory chocalate mousse with cardamom and Andoa Valrhona milk chocolate mousse with ginger and chocolate gingerbread stick.
Garden Banana Mille-Feuille, with Butter Caramel, sea salt flakes and homemade vanilla ice cream.
The food was very tasteful, and well prepared. The rhythm in which the dishes arrived was good, and we could taste the freshness of the ingredients. The staff, which called themselves for the “Phillipino Girl Power” 🙂
Besides the dinner on Duniye, we tried the most famous restaurant on the island, called Island Barbeque. The Island Barbecue is located on the bank of the beach and offers a great atmosphere with the seating under the palm leaves cladded roof.
At Island Barbecue, we had the following dishes:
Grilled zucchini, mozzarella and prosciutto with basil olive oil and balsamic glaze.
Barbeque Maldivian spices marinated chicken satay with a salad of apple and carrot in curried honey vinaigrette
Steak Diane, Beef tenderloin flambeed with cognac in garlic, mustard and cream sauce, served with green asparagus, marinated tomato and salted potato.
Besides the a la carte resturants, which are located of different great spots over the island, you have three main buffet restaurants Haruge, Malaafaiy and Faivalhu, which each is allocated to an specific area of the island. This is where you are going to have breakfast, lunch and dinner, if you do not choose to to step it up a little and go for an a la carte.
The three different buffet restaurants are not alike, and Haruge is the latest refurbished of them. The dishes are more or less the same. The food is a traditional selection of dishes and fruits, the quality ok, but it will not be here that you get the culinary experience of you stay at Kuramathi. There you should head for some of the a la carte restaurants like Duniye and Island Barbeque.
A cool fact is that the island hydroponic gardens provides most of the salats served to the guests. All produced in house, to try to keep the carbon footprint as small as possible, by avoiding sea transfer.
Besides all the great possibilities for food, the island holds a good selections of bars, where you can spend some time relaxing with a cool drink in the hand. We loved Laguna Bar at the far end at the island, that has a great scenery to grab a coffee after a walk on the sandbank, while you look at the green lagune inside the atoll.
Dhoni Bar at Malaafaiy offers good relaxing space, and areas where you can have private dining under the pergolas.
The third place we hanged out a lot, was the Island Coffee Shop, where you can dine all day in light snacks and local dishes. A good tip can be to try the breakfast here, if you would like to try something different than the typical buffet.
But our absolute favorite was the Sand Bar, where we could crawl up in the furniture behind the big bushes and just relax together with a fresh juice in the hands.
To sum up the dining options at Kuramathi:
In a single sentence:
Go discover the a la carte, this is where you find the hidden gems.
Our christmas eve at Duniye was flawless, and we will never forget the Phillipino Girl Power team.
The a la carte restaurants are cosy, Haruge is newly renovated but Malaafaiy needs a refurbishment soon.
European, International, Indian, Asian and everything in between – the selections are vast.
The food at the Duniye and Island Barbecue was really tasty, well prepared and good ingredients. Some selections at the buffets was a bit disappointing.