“Enjoy contemporary European cuisine five meters below sea level with view of beautiful coral gardens, numerous fish and reef shark or manta rays”
Maldivian cuisine profoundly rely on fish and seafood while the fresh vegetables grown from the island farms are used to make the dishes more luscious. The elements used in Maldives cuisines has great influences of Asian and middle east. When it comes to food in Maldives, you can easily get in touch with numerous restaurants that cater the best local food and serve value for money. Let’s point out some of the best restaurants that you’re looking for ..
This chilled and trendy European-style café-restaurant opened in 2011, and like many eateries in Malé, serves an eclectic range of dishes with Maldivian and international influences. Jazz Café’s healthy, fresh and simple menu features exotic fare, such as Thai chili beef and prawn arabiatta alongside diner-style food such as succulent beef burgers. The air-conditioned venue is popular with both young and old local Maldivians and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Jazz Café also hosts regular music gigs, featuring talented Maldivian musicians playing jazz, rock and soul.
Symphony is the Maldives’ most longstanding restaurant group, which includes Symphony Solo and Symphony Garden. Located in the heart of Malé, Symphony serves up western, Indian, Indonesian and Chinese-style food in a small and cozy dining area. The venue is popular with the local Malé crowd, who come for dishes such as the hot tuna macaroni developed specifically for the Maldivian palate. Other menu highlights include Lebanese chicken served with vegetable rice and salad, mixed seafood and vegetable pie and the grilled lobster with lemon butter sauce.
The Sea House
Located on the first floor of the ferry terminal, The Sea House boasts one of the most scenic views on the island. The restaurant’s open-air deck overlooks Malé’s harbor, with panoramic views of the beautiful Indian Ocean and the lagoons surrounding the city. Patrons can view planes landing and taking off at the airport on neighboring Hulhule Island, an ideal place to enjoy a meal and a ‘mocktail,’ while watching the sunset. The food at The Sea House is varied and reasonably priced with southern Asian influences including dishes, like Thai green curry and som tam, a papaya based salad. The restaurant also holds special sushi brunch events and serves mashuni roshi, a traditional Maldivian breakfast meal made of tuna, coconut, onion, chili and lime.
Palace Sichuan Chinese Restaurant
Palace Sichuan is an elegant Chineserestaurant opened in February of 2011. The large restaurant has seating for over 80 people, with private rooms named after Chinese cities .As the restaurant’s name suggests, the menu consists of recipes from the Sichuan province in western China, which is typified by its spicy, yet sweet and sour flavors. Dishes on offer are prepared by experienced Chinese staff with ingredients imported directly from China and include sweet white fungus with a pawpaw sauce, and steamed wax gourd with shrimp meat.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
For a unique experience, patrons of the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, part of the Conrad Hilton Rangali Island resort in the South Ari Atoll, can enjoy contemporary European cuisine five meters below sea level. The intimate restaurant, whose name means ‘mother of pearl’ in the native Maldivian language Dhivehi, offers a luxury six-course set dinner featuring such delicacies as, Malossol imperial caviar with sour cream potato blinis, and yellowtail kingfish with a saffron champagne risotto and beurre blanc foam, followed by vanilla chocolate vantage with mango sorbet. While definitely high-end dining, the view of beautiful coral gardens and the possibility of seeing a passing reef shark or manta ray make the Ithaa experience an unmissable treat.
which is part of the small six-room Sala Boutique Hotel, serves healthy and fresh food in authentic Siamese surroundings, amid tasteful wooden furniture and beautiful Asian artwork. This quiet restaurant, popular with native Maldivians, provides a relaxing escape from the bustling streets of Malé and features an outdoor courtyard area with overhanging trees perfect for an al fresco meal. Sala Thai’s experienced chefs fly in fresh ingredients on a weekly basis, creating generously portioned dishes such as the shrimp marinated in a spicy fish sauce with Thai herbs, flavorsome Penang curry or the traditional Thai dessert, sticky jasmine rice with mango.
The Shell Beans café company has been operating in Malé for over ten years and has three premises. Two in male and one in nearby hulhumale too. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the Shell Beans cafés attracts a diverse crowd of young local Maldivians, expats and sightseers, and it also provides free Wi-Fi for patrons. The menu offers a range of main courses from around the world. The cafe also serves what has been dubbed as the best coffee in male along with a range of delicious cakes.
Seagull Cafe House
A stalwart of the Maldivian café culture, the Seagull Café House is a charming bistro to have a wonderful dinner. Seagull Café House offers a varied menu featuring western, Maldivian and Indian cuisine. The café boasts the best ice cream in Malé too, with 30 flavors including mango, pineapple and coconut.