Resting on stilts over the turquoise lagoon at Komandoo Maldives is Aqua, the resort’s over-the-water a la carte restaurant, where guests have the opportunity to dine under a blanket of stars, glimpse the spectacular marine life while enjoying an exquisite menu of international favourites inspired by the flavours of the Maldives.
The imaginative new menu features the best of international favourites infused with local Maldivian flavours and island-inspired ingredients. Conceptualised by Executive Chef Christian Wiedenmann, the new menu highlights a global cuisine with a Maldivian touch. All-natural, organic herbs and spices are sourced much from the island’s bounty, with seafood freshly caught within the atoll and delivered by island fishers and goods from trusted local suppliers.
“Each dish is elevated with a local Maldivian twist, and a dash of island’s spice served in an inspiring setting over the turquoise lagoon. Dining at Aqua is truly an immersive culinary journey through the region’s unique flavours,” said Chef Christian.
Kicking off the menu are dishes like ‘sustainable pole caught yellowfin tuna’ with beach herbs and pickled white radish; ‘ihi homos’, which comes with curry leaf tempura lemongrass and scented seafood broth; ‘Hinnavaru fisherman’s catch of the day’, served with Thai salad and steamed jasmine rice, and ‘kukulhu riha 1.0’, sous vide corn-fed chicken breast, enriched with Maldivian coconut curry sauce and served with steamed broccoli.
Guests can round off their meal on a sweet note with a tempting ‘mishti doi’, combining Bengali-style baked yoghurt and caramelised Lhaviyani Atoll banana and ‘pistachio kulfi’, with Indian ice cream and raspberry gel, topped with chocolate sauce.
Commenting on the new menu, Dustin Kennedy, Komandoo Maldives’ Resident Manager, said: “Guests can truly connect with the local Maldivian tastes and flavours through the fine-casual dining experience at Aqua: the welcome traditional ‘kurumba’ coconut drink, the Maldivian background music, regionally-inspired décor, and the inventive gourmet cuisine that offers a new twist on local and international fare – lovingly prepared and mindfully plated. Additionally, our team of Champions have an abundance of captivating stories to tell about the food and the Maldivian way of life, including customs and traditions. We cannot wait to share the experience with our guests.”