Our plan was to eat all of the vegan options on the menu at ‘Simply Veg’ during our stay and we did a fairly good job, meaning we feel confident in our conclusions that the vegan food is tremendous. The vegetarian menu offers a mixture of Asian and European dishes, something that can often make us a little anxious because it’s hard to do justice to both regions and the many classic dishes that are found there. But truthfully, they pulled it off.
The papaya salad was sour, sweet and spicy as it should be, the hummus served with beetroot pitta was creamy and garlicky, the samosas crisp and spiced. Our Maldivian style pumpkin curry was smooth and packed with flavour whilst the Thai red curry may have looked similar but had a completely different flavour profile, full of basil and chilli high notes, served with a papaya relish. The playfully named ‘Oodles of Noodles’ featured perfectly cooked rice noodles, vegetables and a tamarind sauce, and then there was a fresh risotto that was green and delectable. Last and by no means least was the eponymous ‘Simply Veg Carpaccio’ which was simply divine, the finely sliced pineapple was flavoured with lemongrass syrup and topped with a fresh mint and lemon granita.
Wow, we were suitably impressed by the selection of plant based food that was served. Location, service, presentation and taste all combined to present a plant based extravaganza at ‘Simply Veg’ in the Maldives.