Luxurious Maldives home-from-home Amilla Fushi has launched Feeling Koi, a breathtaking new overwater signature restaurant
Feeling Koi offers authentic modern Japanese dining presented in playful, Peruvian-influenced style. Brainchild of The Small Maldives Island Co., CEO and Curator Mark Hehir, the restaurant was inspired by Hehir’s extensive culinary adventures and experience, including several years as a chef in Tokyo. Shared dishes are prepared using the finest quality ingredients, with simple, exquisite presentation given a Latin twist. Bringing informal, laid-back izakaya-style dining to the Indian Ocean archipelago, Feeling Koi infuses the Japanese gastropub concept with warm service and a generous pinch of signature Amilla pizzazz.
Menu highlights include a selection of artfully crafted sushi, nigiri and sashimi – including tea smoked Maldivian yellow fin tuna tataki with crispy cucumber, yuzu marinated tartar, tobiko, miso glazed sashimi and citrus lime mousse; ‘Land Dishes’ including the popular wagyu beef sourced from Japan’s preeminent beef producing prefectures; ‘Ocean & Fresh Water Dishes’ such as Maldivian lobster; a choice of soups and smaller dishes; and an indulgent dessert menu crowned by a showstopping ‘Wow Platter’ for two.
The 60-cover main dining room features Japanese-inspired minimalist design, including a private open-air dining room and open deck seating by the water’s edge. The restaurant also houses a climate-controlled Sake Library/private dining room; and a Sunset Bar serving a selection of signature cocktails crafted to suit the stunning tropical setting, over 20 different varieties of premium sakes, and a curated list of over 300 wines from Amilla’s Cellar Door wine collection – including varieties paired to match specific Feeling Koi dishes.
With direct seaplane or speedboat access for guests who like to make an entrance, or via a jetty over the lagoon for those who prefer a more discreet arrival, Feeling Koi is now open daily from 7.30pm to 10.30pm (Amilla time).