Few restaurants in the world can claim to offer its guests a view as distractingly gorgeous as that offered by Sea Underwater Wine Cellar and Restaurant, part of the Anantara luxury hotel complex in Kihavah in the Maldives.
One of a tiny number of underwater restaurants in the world—and, as the website boasts, “the world’s first underwater wine cellar”—diners are seated amid a 360-degree view of the Indian Ocean’s Technicolor marine life.
In such a setting, the food and wine needs to be special if it’s to be anything more than a supporting player. But a glance at the fine international cuisine and extensive collection of bottles suggests a remarkable gastronomic as well as visual spectacle—a spectacle where Michel Picard Puligny-Montrachet 2010 is matched with Atlantic salmon mi-cuit, crisp potatoes galette, snow peas trendrils, and an orange and miso reduction. Or where Antinori Tignanello 2010 is paired with 500-day grain-fed Tajima Beef tenderloin, served with truffled mashed potatoes croquette and steamed white asparagus in a pearl onions and lemon barley reduction.
"Our Wine List enables oenophiles to embark in a journey with amazing adventures from Old World to New World by discovering some prestigious selection among 360 labels, handpicked from 20 renowned wine producing countries including the new horizons such as India, China, Thailand and Turkey.
Personal taste always varies from each individual but the preference of enjoying young wines (ready to drink) to vintage treasures (at their peak) would be definitely possible with the 90 year of wine history (from 1924 to 2014) having a selection from each decade."
And this is where I use the 'Savoire Faire' and great culinary 'Haute & Nouvelle Cuisine' experience of our Executive Chef Gaspare Greco to make some exceptional food and wine pairing so as to enhance the palate's pleasure." Says Nilesh Bootun, the "Area Wine Guru" who takes great pride and pleasure sharing his passion for wines.