Best of the Maldives: Breakfast Nuts – Joali

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A resort buffet staple are a selection of some nutty bits in the form of muesli or granola for topping ones yogurt. As a bit of a breakfast condiment, it’s not an item with lots of variety…except at Joali. They set out an entire table filled with bowls of nuts and dried fruits of every type imaginable. Aside from people who are just very particular about their legumes, the obvious beneficiaries were the growing number of vegans in the world. Often making do with the scraps of selection, a Joali they have a banquet of choice for one of the few sources of protein in their diet.

The art of the meal.

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Best of the Maldives: Buffet Scultpure – Paradise Island

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Paradise Island has long adorned its lavish buffets with elaborate fruit carvings and other striking decorations, but one of its “food sculptures” uses a few tricks beneath the surface. What appears to be a gigantic butter sculpture of fish cavorting around some coral is really only fin deep:

  • “The white sculpture is actually a fish fin carving showing the symbol of Maldives , and it’s made of thermocol and at last glaze .”

Best of the Maldives: Slider Station – Malahini Kuda Bandos

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Malahini Kuda Bandos has its own distinctive bite sized treats at its buffet slider station. One of the problems with buffets is that you eat too much as you simply can’t decide between all the delicacies on offer. Not only can you have a tapas-scale burger, but it is also prepared freshly for you to your liking. Have it your way (#NotSoWhopper)!

Best of the Maldives: Maldivian Tepanyaki – Makunudu

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Grill stations at buffets are often pretty standard fare. And Japanese-style Tepanyaki grills, that inject a bit of show into the prep, can be found at a good number of properties. But we were enchanted by what is probably best described as “Maldivian Tepanyaki” at Makunudu’s Maldivian Night. The chef was preparing “Maldivian Flat Bread Strings”, itself a dish I had never sampled in twenty years of coming to the Maldives.

The chef chops flat breads into very thin “strings” and fries them on the grill. Then some veg and spices are tossed on…with more rhythmic chopping. Finally, the whole mixture is topped with a fish or chicken. It was delicious and all prepared with a rhythmic show.