Underwater dining has become one of the highlights or a must-do activity in Maldives resorts, thanks to the unique locale that is surrounded by endless atolls in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Will this thematic concept touch your heart especially when you have someone to impress it is it just another touristy gimmick by charging higher prices yet not providing the quality meal. mylifestylenews writes.
When visiting the Maldives, everyone wants to return home with some enduring memories to treasure forever and luxury resorts are striving to offer as many surprises and excitement as possible for their guests to outshine other resorts in the best possible way. Hulrawalhi 5.8 Undersea Restaurant sends your senses to 5.8 meters below the water, offering an elusive modern cuisine with guaranteed views of the coral reef with “uninvited” company putting on a never ending live performance by swimming around you through the semi-domed all-glass restaurant.
The 5.8 Undersea Restaurant in Hurawalhi island resort endeavors to dazzle and delight you with their inventive multi-course tasting dining experience, from the décor to the dining table. Menus are indicative and vary from season to seasons based on Chef’s current culinary inspiration. This alleged world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant opens for lunch (one sitting) and dinner (two sittings) and a reservation is required ahead. The restaurant has been designed for intimate conversations and accommodating no more than 10 couples. However, intimacy also means having too close a distance the next table by overhearing other’s conversation, which may not be a good idea. Do keep your secret for another occasion.
From above the water, you will be escorted via the wooden floored spiral stairway to 5.8 meters below the sea to witness yourself the wonders inside throughout this all-glass restaurant. The smart casual dress code is required but most guests will dress up to seize the occasion but mind you, the strangest thing may happen here as you will be asked to leave your Jimmy Choo or Christian Louboutin heels ( if you are wearing any) in the pigeon hole aka shoe rack before you even walk down the stairway to accommodate the restaurant’s barefoot concept. A fining dining without shoes on......charming isn’t it? Despite the 3-D ocean wave runway carpet in a blue hue marking the centre piece of the restaurant, the photo opportunity is focused on what’s outside the tank, it may not offer you a grand entrance even if you are allowed to put on your JC or CL shoes. Totally unmatched!
The amuse-bouche came in a wooden box where four pieces of a mouth full finger food are gently placed on small pebbles stone to impress and stimulate your appetite visually.
The menu begins with <Alaskan King Crab> Watermelon – nuoc cham. Delicate presentation is rather enticing and the lightly grilled and diced watermelon also works as a gentle mouth cleanser against the King Crab. A refreshing way to begin by sampling the ocean.
<Yellow Fin Tuna>
Another light sampling dish from the menu with the combination of pickled vegetable, cucumber, wasabi to your delight your taste bud.
This Japanese influenced warm cooked dish with lightly seared foie gras is placed on top of the smoked eel accompanied by edamame, nori and Japanese rice is surely elevating the sushi combo that will leave you yearning for more.
This triumphant dish is not only because of its presentation but the combination of the ingredients used to achieve the balance of the rare catch of deep sea red mullet with cauliflower, pine nuts and raisin and is certainly to die for.
The thick and creamy Themidor is what it is all about and the Maldivian lobster won’t disappoint.
Although most meats - especially this fine cut - are flown in from around the globe, yet the execution was superb. The black truffle did not over power the supreme cut of Angus beef and the light Asian BBQ sauce adds a refined twist to the meat. It is a perfect choice to give your palette a change.
You gonna love the name of it. The word multivitamin is wisely chosen. The Pina colada and passion fruit sorbet combination is a rather satisfying end to the evening.
Serving the flavors of the sea, 5.8 Undersea Restaurant wants you to dive into the pleasure of having a view with a state-of-the art location and a fine dining culinary delight. Will this dining concept, which is truly the real deal, continue to attract a flock (it is always fully booked) once the hype dies down? While the experience doesn’t come cheap, be well prepared for a fabolus night to remember and you only live once. Why Not!
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 3/5
Food & Beverage: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 3.5/5
Lhaviyani Atoll, Hurawalhi Island
Republic of Maldives
Tel: +960 662 2000
Republic of Maldives
Tel: +960 662 2000
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