This review of Fresh in the Garden at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives is part of a trip report including luxury resorts in the Maldives and Etihad First Class and Business Class. Fresh in the Garden is perhaps the most distinctive restaurant at Soneva Fushi, as it's set above Soneva Fushi's organic gardens where many of the menu's vegetables and herbs are sourced from.
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- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
- Champagne and Maldivian Tapas
- Original handcrafted arrival and departure mementos
- A complimentary lunch for up to two people once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
With a minimum 5 night stay guests also receive:
- Shoreline Beach dinner
- Private sunset sailing by Dhoni at Baa Atoll
- Flavorful Six Senses cuisine (organic vegetables) cooking class for two
Fresh in the Garden Menu and Food
The menu at Fresh in the Garden changes often, to take advantage of the bounty of Soneva's own organic garden, and it as well as some other Soneva Fushi restaurants observe a meatless Thursday, hence the many fish offerings on our dinner menu. Anyone with a seafood allergy or aversion likely wants to avoid Fresh in the Garden on Thursdays, but since everyone in my family enjoys seafood, we were happy with it.
Our server started us off with delicious homemade bread, with a choice of olive oils for dipping, plus tapenade, sun dried tomatoes, olives and cheese. After playing tennis that afternoon, these fresh breads and accompaniments were a perfect start.
The amuse bouche was a strawberry-vegetable juice with foam, so very fresh, but not something the munchkin was too keen on.
My husband had ordered the Tasmanian Salmon appetizer, and loved it–it was his favorite part of the meal. He said he'd never had such a fresh, delicious salmon appetizer (ironic, I know, since Tasmania after all is quite a distance from the Maldives).
Likewise, I really enjoyed my Maldivian Tuna appetizer, which was nicely accented with thyme, honey, Dijon mustard and edible flowers:
I will say that the kids' meal of fish fingers was a bit of a joke, portion-wise. I guess Soneva Fushi is used to picky kids who don't eat much, whereas my son tends to eat close to adult size portions. Fortunately he'd eaten quite a bit of bread with olive oil, so the portion was fine for him. He made a face at the salad greens, rocket from Soneva's own garden, because it was a bit too bitter for him.
For our mains, my husband liked but didn't love his Reef Fish with red pepper puree, basil and green olives. No question, the fish was fresh, but the flavors just didn't appeal as much as the Tasmanian Salmon appetizer.
He did enjoy the bite he had of my Tasmanian Salmon with pea and wasabi emulsion, shimeji mushrooms and yuzu–I think we would both happily have eaten another serving of this, it was so addictive.
I often find desserts to be rather disappointing at high end restaurants–they can easily become over-designed, with a few dots of puree, some foam there, spun sugar, weird flavors, etc. but fortunately Fresh in the Garden's desserts were more straightforward though as beautifully presented as our lovely appetizers. My husband enjoyed the “Soneva Bounty” with chocolate ganache and coconut ice cream:
And I liked the “Sweet Corn” dessert with chocolate cremeaux, popcorn ice cream and caramel corn.
The munchkin's raspberry macarons redeemed the kids' menu somewhat from its tiny main dish–the macarons were fresher than those at the Chocolate Room.
Disclosure: We received 1 night complimentary and the other 3 nights at a travel professional rate. We received 50% off our meals, including Fresh in the Garden. The views expressed in this post are my own.
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