A stunning alternative to the undersea restaurant, Muraka sits atop the sea at the end of a jetty. An open-floor section provides a window into the sea world below, as waves lap around the rustic, wooden restaurant, creating the most relaxing and luxurious setting. The dishes at Muraka are each presented like works of art, as pleasing to the eyes as to the palate. Specialising in local seafood complemented by exotic flavours, guests should opt for the Whole Fish Delight for an extra-indulgent dining experience. With this option the chef prepares a whole fish, selected by the table, right in front of them. Another great dining option is to order the Maldivian experience menu, comprising four decadent courses of authentic local cuisine.
Muraka, Mirihi Island Resort, South Ari Atoll, Maldives, +960 668 0500
Providing the Maldives with high-quality Cantonese cuisine, Palace Sichuan is made up of a main communal dining room and several smaller private rooms named after various Chinese cities, which are available to hire for celebratory group dinners and private lunches. The menu is packed full of flavoursome rice- and noodle-based dishes, with a great choice of jumbo prawns, beef and whole fish entreés from the Sichuan province of Western China to choose from, too. Many of the ingredients used in the dishes are imported directly from China, ensuring that the resulting flavours are true to traditional Sichuan cooking styles.
Palace Sichuan, H. Almaas Villa, Nooraanee Goalhi, Malé, Maldives, +960 300 3009
Believing in the saying ‘you are what you eat’, the chefs at Sala Thai go to great effort to ensure that they only use fresh, healthy ingredients in their dishes. Every week a new batch of ingredients is flown in fresh from Asia, enabling the chefs to continue serving up generous portions of delicious authentic Siamese dishes. Situated within the small Sala Boutique Hotel, this restaurant makes for the perfect escape away from the bustling streets of Male, for a calm and relaxing lunch or dinner. The traditional Panang curry and the shrimp marinated in a spicy fish sauce are both tasty menu options to be enjoyed in the picturesque outdoor courtyard dining area.
Sala Thai, Sala Boutique Hotel, Buruneege, Male, Maldives, +960 334 5959