Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Maldivian Lunch, Iru Cafe, Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili

Dining in the Maldives
Iru Cafe, Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili

Four days and three nights at Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili involved many meals, but the highlight of them all was a taste of local cuisine at Iru Café. 

The usually attentive wait staff too seemed to relish this meal as the crowning glory of our visit. Enjoying their company as they gathered around us excitedly to see what we thought of ‘real local food,’ held just as much charm as the meal itself. Every question, each compliment, all looks of satisfaction on our faces were met with broad smiles and a glistening of the eye as moments of mum’s cooking and their own home islands were recounted and celebrated.

Maldivian Lunch, Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
Chef Ansari
Maldivian Lunch, Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
A Warm Welcome

Copy Faih Satani with Prawns was presented with such care that it could have been a celebratory plate at a wedding. A white square plate tipped on its side as if spilling the pretty salad from its rim. Rolls of finely chopped local greens together with chili, onion and lemon were speckled with petite mustard flowers, while three large prawns were spiked with natural skewers made from decoratively cut coconut leaves. A sprinkling of grated coconut lay around the base of the plate like a recent fall of snow. The first mouthful packed a powerful punch with the sharp strike of chili and lime. With each subsequent forkful however, the intensity faded turning into more of an addiction than a surprise. Fresh, light and moreish, this could be the next superfood hit amongst folks watching their waistlines.

Maldivian Lunch, Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
Copy Faih Satani with Prawns 

A ‘fisherman’s’ soup, Garudhiya, was explained to be a daily staple amongst natives. Fish, chili, curry leaf and pandan boiled together produces an unpredictably full flavoured clear broth. A squeeze of lime on top, and we both ate until there was not a single drop remaining.

Maldivian Lunch, Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
‘Fisherman’s Soup' Garudhiya

The main meal, although plated individually for us, would usually be taken ‘family’ style, with a shared bowl between diners. Maldivian fish and pumpkin curries were accompanied by the national unleavened flat bread and pappadams. Heat and tang were assigned with hawadhu spices in the fish, and the soft pumpkin freckled with black pepper and curry leaves proved a favourable balance between sweet and spicy.

Maldivian Lunch, Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
Fish and Pumpkin Curries

Seems Banana Fritters are a popular native dish around the tropics, and hubby was full of glee to see one of his most-loved desserts in generous portion sided with house made ice cream. The heat of the crisply battered banana slices caused the creamy side to melt, merging hot with cold, and ending the menu with delicious contentment.

Maldivian Lunch, Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
Banana Fritters and Ice Cream

Reasons to visit: a chance to try authentic Maldivian cuisine in a beautiful setting.

Iru Cafe
Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
Raa Atoll
Republic of Maldives
+960 658 8100


21 comments:

  1. Hello, another great review and a wonderful cafe. The banana fritter and ice cream look delicious. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your week!

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    1. Banana fritters were hubby's fav too.

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  2. Wonderful review! Hummmm I adore Banana Fritters. Tks for sharing ; -)) 

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    1. There's something about banana fritters that find familiarity and love around the world.

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  3. And love those happy faces - warm faces ; -))

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  4. Lovely blue skies...and all that greenery!

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    1. You can't help but feeling calmer in these surrounds.

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  5. I had the impression that Maldives has got nothing exciting to offer (in terms of food) but it seems like their food scene is quite worth exploring!

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    1. Ken... my first impressions were that tuna was just about the only thing worth eating... Turns out there's so much more! On a trip we did to one of the local islands we found the production of a good variety of veggies and nuts and the use of every part of a plant such as the coconut that I never knew possible.

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  6. Such a great review and lovely smiles!!! The Copy Faih Satani with Prawns dish looks too pretty to eat! :)

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    1. My thoughts exactly - and that was my favourite - you know I love my veggies. :-)

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  7. the dishes look very interesting ... i know next to nothing about maldivian cuisine, but they do seem to have a lovely air of authenticity to them :)

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    1. The staff's reaction to our enthusiasm to try local food was magical.

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  8. Good fresh fish in curry is a bit wasted.
    Best to steam it or have it raw, you can even taste the sea salt. ;)

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    1. Seems fish is the base of many dishes here. When you have so much of it I suppose you start to invent a few different ways to serve it. :-)

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  9. Doesn't it all look so delicious...I bet it was too.

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  10. Such unusual names to me....but a lovely setting and probably delicious food. Interesting presentation with the wine glass.

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    1. We thought the first dish looked so pretty that it could be on a celebratory plate for a wedding dinner.

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  11. A very beautiful place with smiling and friendly people. The first dish's presentation looks too good to be eaten!

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