We all know the tropical Maldives
as a popular honeymoon destination. However, when it comes to food, this tropical nation has much more to offer than savouring fruits in a hammock over azure waters and enjoying fine dining in resort’s restaurants and bars – though offering outstanding dishes!
Maldivian cuisine, else known as Dhivehi cuisine, is a beguiling mix of Arabic, Indian, Sri Lankan and Oriental cuisines. Having more than 1,000 coral islands with coconut palm trees, there is no wonder why fish and coconuts are the most important staples of the Maldivian diet. What to eat in the Maldives
On the island of Male
, the capital of the Maldives, you will find a plethora of local restaurants where you will be able to taste authentic Maldivian dishes. However, keep in mind that since the Maldives is an Islamic nation, alcohol is banned for the locals, but that does not apply on the resorts, as they are allowed to serve all types of alcohol.
The Maldivian dishes
mainly consist of fish
, more particularly, tuna while they are distinguished for their spicy and hot flavor. Coconuts
are also a main ingredient in most main dishes and can be served in many forms, like milk or coconut oil (usually used to deep fry foods).
One of the most popular dishes to try in the Maldives is the traditional Garudhiya
, a fish broth based on tuna species usually paired with lime, chilli and onions side dishes.
There is no surprise that the most common breakfast in the Maldives consist fish and is called Mas Huni
. It is a dish made of smoked tuna, onion, coconut and chilli.
Other popular foods to try in the Maldives are Fihunu Mas
, Maldivian grilled fish, and Bambukeylu Hiti
, a delectable breadfruit curry.
Again, it is not surprising that most of the snacks in Maldives – guest what - are fish-based! They are locally known as hedhikaa
and usually made of tuna and coconut.Experience underwater Dining in the Maldives
Dine five meters below the sea’s surface at the world’s largest underwater restaurant! The setting of Hurawalhi aquarium-style restaurant is surrounded by large glasses allowing you to accompany your dinner with extraordinary views to colorful reefs and tropical marine life.
The menu is nothing short of delicious, and of course, you should do not miss to make a reservation before you go!
In this Maldives Food Guide
, you will find the top dining resorts in the Maldives
, offering delicious traditional and international cuisine, sumptuous breakfasts, refreshing cocktails, intimate dinners in secluded locations, and private meals within the privacy of your suite.