Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is once again leading the epicurean scene in the Indian Ocean, with a series of new creativities designed to excite and inspire gourmands over the coming months.
This summer guests will be able to enjoy an imaginative new cocktail menu, designed by world renowned mixologist Grant Collins. Award-winning restaurant Ufaa by Jereme Leung will be transformed into a special pop-up event where foodies will be transported back in time for a journey through the flavours of Shanghai’s Belle Époque era.
1930s Shanghai Mystique Pop-Up Event at Ufaa by Jereme Leung
Ufaa by Jereme Leung continues to raise the bar with Chinese celebrity chef Jereme Leung at the helm. This July will see the authentic Chinese restaurant transformed into 1930s Shanghai with the launch of its Shanghai Mystique pop-up event, set against a spectacular backdrop of crystal-clear waters, white sandy beach and swaying palm trees.
For the first time, guests staying at the resort from 16 – 18 July 2017 can experience the wonders of Shanghai through the eyes of Suzie Wong, an icon of what 1930s Shanghai and Hong Kong represented. Guests will be transported to the city’s Golden Age with the restaurant resembling The Great Gatsby era adorned with colourful touches from Shanghai, including oriental lanterns, dramatic red lighting, and vintage Chinese advertising and parasols. The culinary playfulness is complemented with the hypnotic and unforgettable sounds of China’s most popular entertainer of the decade Zhou Xuan. Zhou Xuan’s smooth and smoky sounds will be re-imagined by the resort’s resident DJ and Rangali Bar’s pop-jazz band that will perform a melody of Chinese and modern-day classics. The KTV rooms will be available for guests to enjoy a game of Mah-jong or a spot of karaoke with up to 4000 songs to choose from including English, Russian, German and Cantonese and Mandarin hits from the past and present.
Each of Ufaa’s spaces will showcase a different taste of the Golden Age. The downstairs show kitchen will surprise and delight with an assortment of Shanghainese canapés, the second floor gallery dining will feature modern-day interpretations served à la carte style and the private dining room will see the resort’s mixologists shake and stir a range of specially concocted cocktails inspired by the era.
Specially designed by celebrity chef Jereme Leung, the menus will showcase traditional Chinese cooking. Drawing on the key five flavours of salty, spicy, sour, sweet and bitter, guests can feast on an array of dishes including double boiled chicken soup with mushroom, green vegetable and oven baked cod fillet in spicy sauce and Yunnan rose petal ice cream. Jereme will take centre stage during the event allowing guests to mix and mingle with a culinary maestro.
Grant Collins launches new cocktail menu
Internationally renowned mixologist Grant Collins has curated an eclectic selection of cocktails featured at Rangali Bar and The Quiet Zone. Originally from the UK, Grant Collins has been recognised with a number of prestigious awards and accolades throughout his career, including Australian Liquor Industry’s ‘Bar Manager of the Year’, ‘Best New Bar’ and ‘Cocktail Bar of the Year Award’.
Taking inspiration from his childhood memories, the menus feature a playful assortment of cocktails with ingredients sourced from the resort’s organic hydroponic garden. Offering an adult twist on childhood treats, the nostalgic menu includes the likes of orange sherbet mojito, candy floss berry sour and even a dedicated ‘movie nights’ cocktail served in a popcorn cup, made up of popcorn washed vodka and spiced cherry cola. Adopting the principles of molecular gastronomy, Grant Collins brings an innovative approach to Conrad Maldives by transforming ingredients such as rosemary and basil into sorbet and foams. Orange sherbet and berry cotton candy are too made in house creating scientific theatrical flair in both bars.
Grant Collins is also behind the menu of Rangali Bar’s Tiki pop-up, taking over the bar this summer. Inspired by the art, style and culture of the Caribbean, Hawaii, and South Pacific, guests can relax poolside with an exclusive cocktail list featuring Rangali Island twists on tropical favourites such as rum runners and hurricanes.