Review: Cheval Blanc Randheli Restaurants and Menus

Review: Cheval Blanc Randheli Restaurants and Menus

 

This review of Cheval Blanc Randheli's Restaurants and Menus is from our recent stay at this fantastic Maldives luxury resort. For the prior posts, please see:

Review: Cheval Blanc Randheli Lounge, Male Maldives

Review: Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives

Le 1947 Maldives Review, Cheval Blanc Randheli

Snorkeling with an Octopus, Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives

The White Restaurant Location 

The White Restaurant is where Cheval Blanc Randheli serves breakfast daily until 11am, and is located off of the main reception area, with both indoor and outdoor al fresco seating. It also serves casual brasserie favorites throughout the day. Both days we enjoyed sitting outdoors, with a view of the ocean.

View from Our Table, The White Restaurant, Cheval Blanc Randheli Review

 

Breakfast at The White Restaurant

For breakfast, a small buffet of high quality fresh fruits, breads and pastries, jams, and cereals is available. I liked that this was in a chilled, enclosed room, which meant there was no issue of flies near the food, as can be the case at some other Maldivian resorts.

Fresh fruits included my favorite, passion fruit, as well as papaya, mango, pineapple, watermelon, and even cherries and pomegranate.

Breakfast Fruit, Cheval Blanc Randheli Review, Maldives

 

There were also dried fruits and a selection of cereals and bircher muesli:

Breakfast Cereals and Dried Fruits, Cheval Blanc Randheli Review

 

And of course, given the French ownership, the pastries, particularly the almond croissants, were fantastic, with just the right balance of almond paste to pastry. The jelly doughnuts also looked tempting, although I didn't try them. There were various housemade jams and also nutella to accompany them.

Breakfast Pastries, Cheval Blanc Randheli Review

Jams, Cheval Blanc Randheli Review

 

Here's my breakfast plate from the buffet:

Cheval Blanc Randheli Breakfast Review

 

In addition, there were a number of a la carte options available to order. Here's the breakfast menu:

Cheval Blanc Randheli Breakfast Menu

Cheval Blanc Randheli Breakfast Menu

Cheval Blanc Randheli Breakfast Menu

 

We started off with our choice of fresh squeezed juices; I loved that I could order a mixture of passion fruit, orange and pineapple. Our son ordered his favorite, watermelon juice.

Fresh Squeezed Juices, Breakfast at Cheval Blanc Randheli

 

I loved that La Ferme des Peupliers yogurts were available–my favorite, especially with the scrumptious housemade granola from the buffet.

La Ferme des Peupliers Yogurt, Cheval Blanc Randheli Review

 

The Maldivian eggs sunny side up, with tuna, were also tasty:

Maldivian Eggs Sunny Side Up, Cheval Blanc Randheli Breakfast Review

 

On the second day, after snorkeling, I was ravenous and really enjoyed the sushi and sashimi option:

Sushi and Sashimi, Cheval Blanc Randheli Breakfast Review

 

My husband liked the eggs benedict:

Eggs Benedict, Cheval Blanc Randheli Breakfast Review

 

While our son loved the French crepes, which he slathered with nutella–talk about dessert for breakfast 🙂

French Crepes with Nutella, Cheval Blanc Randheli Review

 

The waffle was also good–it came quite plain, but the array of jams from the buffet were perfect for dressing it up. 

Waffles, Cheval Blanc Randheli Breakfast Review

 

The perfect note to end on was a cappuccino, which was accompanied by a freshly baked buttery madeleine–yum!

Cappuccino and Madeleine, Cheval Blanc Randheli Breakfast

 

The Deelani Restaurant Location 

The Deelani Restaurant, named after the Maldivian word for breeze, is an Italian restaurant located overwater, near the Dive Shop and the arrival pier. The bar serves homemade gelato, sorbets, granita and drinks during the day, and dinner is served from 7pm. We dined here our second evening, and I was happy that it was open despite there also being a Maldivian evening going on at White Restaurant, since we were all craving Italian cuisine.

Here's the pier leading out to the restaurant, illuminated at night:

Pier Leading to Deelani Restaurant, Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives

 

And here's a glimpse of the restaurant itself at night:

The Deelani Restaurant, Cheval Blanc Randheli Review

 

Deelani Dinner Menu and Food

We were welcomed at the Deelani by the Italian chef himself, who hails from Naples. We mentioned that while we hadn't yet spent time in his home city, we'd very much enjoyed exploring the ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum, during our visit to the Amalfi Coast.

The menu features a variety of pizzas, pastas, risottos and main dishes:

The Deelani Menu-Appetizers

Deelani Pizza Menu, Cheval Blanc Randheli

Deelani Pasta and Risotto Menu

Deelani Pasta and Risotto Menu

 

Our son was delighted to find that the kids' menu appeared to be “under the sea” thanks to liquid swirling above it:

Fun Exploring the Deelani Kids' Menu

Deelani Kids' Menu

Deelani Kids' Menu

 

We were started off with some fresh baked focaccia and other breads, which we could easily have filled up on, they were so good. They came with a duo of tapenade and sun dried tomato dip:

Focaccia and Breads, The Deelani, Cheval Blanc Randheli Review

Dips, The Deelani Review

 

We were also treated to a luscious amuse bouche that featured fresh crab meat:

Amuse Bouche with Fresh Crab, The Deelani, Cheval Blanc Randheli Review

 

Our son, who never eats fresh tomatoes if he can help it, surprised us by wanting to order the tomato and mozzarella salad from the kids' menu, which he happily devoured:

Kids' Menu Tomato and Mozzarella Salad, The Deelani

 

Our Frutti di Mare (seafood) pizza was fantastic, with a thin crust and super fresh toppings. The pizza vies with the best I've had in NYC.

Seafood Pizza, The Deelani Review

 

As great as the pizza was, the Eggplant Parmigiana and Ricotta Gnocchi were my favorites, and the best I've tasted, including in Italy.

Ricotta Gnocchi, The Deelani Review

Eggplant Parmigiana, The Deelani Review

 

After this feast, my husband and I were both full, but our son wanted a little dessert, so he had some of the housemade lemon gelato and caramel gelato. I didn't try any, although he enjoyed it, but the savory dishes are so wonderful I wouldn't purposely save room for dessert.

Gelato, The Deelani Review

 

The Verdict

While Le 1947 was the absolute culinary highlight of our Cheval Blanc Randheli stay, with its Michelin level quality, we also really enjoyed our breakfasts, particularly the variety of fresh fruits and fresh squeezed juices, the La Ferme des Peupliers yogurt, the homemade granola and pastries, the sushi and sashimi, the Maldivian eggs, and the cappucino.

Our Italian dinner at Deelani was also superb–how I wish our neighborhood in NYC had the equivalent quality, from the pizza (and there are tons of great pizza options in NYC) to the excellent ricotta gnocchi and eggplant parmigiana. If you're not up for splurging on Le 1947, you'll dine well on Italian classics at the Deelani.

If you've dined at Cheval Blanc Randheli, which were your favorite dishes?

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