HILTON SEYCHELLES Hilton Resort & Spa have unveiled their latest vibrant creole menu at the historic Grann Kaz restaurant that combines locally sourced ingredients indigenous to the Seychelles and the freshest produce from nearby markets, creating a unique dining experience in an historic plantation house, with an unparalleled ambience that is both exotic and yet comfortingly familiar
A luxurious mountainous beach hideaway, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is located on Silhouette Island, 20km northwest of Mahé, and sandwiched between a dazzling 2.5km long white beach with leaning palms over turquoise seas strewn with granite boulders and tropical forest. The resort is home to one of the largest nature reserves and National Marine Parks in the country.
Grann Kaz is the restored home of the Dauban family, the original owners of this beautiful island. The house was lovingly renovated using fallen Takamaka wood, which grows naturally on the island, before being converted into a restaurant steeped in history. The menu focuses on local and regional produce in addition to seasonal native flora such as Breadfruit and Vanilla to conjure a sublime fusion of flavours. Resident fishermen deliver their catch of the day to Chef Heshan Peiris, who combines traditional ingredients with modern skills.
Creole cooking, a favourite with visitors to the Seychelles, traditionally melds the subtleties of French cuisine with Indian spices and piquant Oriental flavours. Chef Heshan has created a menu that is renewed daily and encompasses a range of classic creole dishes including Smoked Blue Marlin Salad, Crab Soup, Seychellois Octopus or Chicken Curry and Caramelized Bananas. Guests can choose between five and seven dishes to share and create a tailor-made menu; the perfect way to start your local culinary adventure.
The menu is perfectly accompanied by the famous Seychelles tea, spiced with endemic fruits and seasonings to compliment the diverse menu. Diners can also refresh their palates with a cup of fresh ‘Citronelle’ tea. For something a little stronger, Grann Kaz’s homemade ‘rum arrange’ is a must, bottle aged for a minimum of three months and spanning a vast range of seasonally changing flavours.
Guests at Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa can experience this authentic menu whilst enjoying the timeless character of Grann Kaz, surrounded by colourful creole art and artefacts and the impeccable service of its staff. Guests can also learn about the art of cooking creole cuisine playing with flavour combinations, colours and textures at the weekly cooking class, Island Kitchen, at Grann Kaz. Using the same local ingredients, guests will create their own re-invention of creole classics.
Seating options include the ocean-facing Salon Coco de Mer or the Terrasse and its tropical garden surroundings. Private dining is also available at Salon Veuve. Weekly live creole music takes place by the stunning restaurant, to help celebrate the unique culture of this beautiful destination.
- Kuoni (01306 747008 or www.kuoni.co.uk) offers 7 nights with breakfast at the 5-star Hilton Labriz, Seychelles, in a garden villa, including flights with Emirates Airlines from Gatwick and group transfers in resort. Prices for 2015 are from £2,069 per person, based on two sharing.