Gili Lankanfushi, the pioneer of sustainable, barefoot luxury in the Maldives, has announced the launch of its new plant-based menu and Gili Garden dining experience.
The culinary vision of Executive Chef Harinath Govindaraj, the new menu is a celebration of the organic produce grown in the resort’s organic Gili Garden, in which guests can now experience a full Chef’s Table tasting experience.
Committed to the resort’s founding ethos of sustainability, Chef Harinath Govindaraj, known as Chef Hari by guests and hosts on the island, is responsible for growing everything from organic herbs and greens to fruits and edible flowers in the lush Gili Garden. The ever-growing range of produce is showcased within the new menu’s signature dishes, which include ‘Baked Beetroot Carpaccio’ and the ‘Grilled Eggplant Steak and Teriyaki Tofu.’ For those with a sweet tooth, the ‘Flourless Black Bean Brownie’ is sure to delight.The new plant-based menu is now available to order at the resort’s Kashiveli restaurant and for the ultimate vegan indulgence, guests can book Hari’s intimate Chef’s Table experience, which takes place within the Gili Garden itself. There, they can unwind with a garden-to-glass cocktail in hand while chef creates gastronomic greatness before their eyes.
Constantly bringing new ideas to the table, Chef Hari has been an instrumental member of the Gili Lankanfushi Maldives culinary team for over 10 years, and is responsible for Gili’s beloved ‘Full Moon’ six-course dinner, which coincides with the island’s ‘Gili Hour’ initiative, where guests dine by candlelight as all-electric lights are switched off. Born in southern India, his passion for cooking began at a young age and ever since, his unique culinary style has flourished with a specialist interest in vegan cuisine. Outside of the kitchen, Hari’s commitment to ethical hospitality continues and he spends a lot of his spare time with the resort’s marine biology team, delving into the latest research and conservation efforts both on the island and in surrounding areas.
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives’ gastronomic vision harnesses the bounty of the surrounding waters alongside carefully-sourced seasonal ingredients and produce from the resort’s very own organic garden. Three restaurants provide unique culinary experiences while an overwater bar and underground wine cellar offer ample opportunity for refreshments. Located directly on the beach, Kashiveli serves breakfast and dinner, playing host to a series of themed ‘market experiences’ (the Asian Street Market, Mediterranean Spice Souk, Passage to India and Churrascaria BBQ) on four nights of the week. The rest of the week sees the restaurant serve up the ‘Gili Culinary Journey’, a tantalizing rotating menu of signature dishes taking guests on a gastronomic adventure through nine regions inspired by the heritage and talent of Gili Lankanfushi Maldives‘ culinary team.
Open five days a week, By the Sea offers delicious Japanese fusion dishes created with local seafood paired with an extensive sake collection and signature cocktails such as the Wasabi Martini. Try the new bento box lunch offering paired with freshly caught sushi and sashimi overlooking a sensational view of the Indian ocean. For a more casual affair, the Overwater Bar’s open kitchen delights guests with a daily-changing trio of dishes and an extensive organic salad bar. For special celebrations, a variety of destination dining experiences await, ranging from secluded, lantern-lit feasts to private sunset cruises with Champagne on ice.