In case you are a foodie, love long drives and itch to go for a short holiday every now and then, there is good reason for you to drive down to the scenic Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah. Imagine, lazing by the sea, looking at the vast expanse of the ocean and relishing some delightful bites and drinks while sipping masala chai, all made by a super chef? Blissful? Well, that’s exactly the objective that the resort hopes to achieve with its collaboration with celebrity chef Rakhee Vaswani.
For those who love watching cookery shows, Rakhee is a familiar and popular figure. She has had a long and abiding passion for food and it was this passion that led her to set up Palate Culinary Studio, a cooking school in Mumbai where budding chefs, amateurs, professionals and food enthusiasts are trained. Rakhee has her strong Indian roots intact when it comes to cooking but her panache with world cuisines often lead her to experiment with traditional dishes to create something more exotic. So a regular chaat is given a twist with the addition of avocado paste to it (and believe us, it tastes delicious!), the indulgent but heavy biryani is packed into a small crispy wrapping that’s easy to pop into your mouth and the textures of cheese cake and biryani get fused to form a unique, eggless east-meets-west dessert. “It’s all about love and passion,” says Rakhee, adding her favourite quote about fusion. “Fusion, for me, means a marriage between two ingredients, or between an ingredient and a cuisine or between two cuisines,” she says.
Chef Rakhee Vaswani with a guest
It was this creativity that was on full display at the preview of her culinary magic at Gonu Bar & Grill at Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort recently. With the destination being quite popular among Indians for weddings, events and staycations, the idea is to bring a twist to the menu featuring Indian street food and classic delicacies. The plan is to integrate these into the main menu with live counters, special treats and the like.
Tangy tidbits, amusing fusion food (think black chickpeas and hummus sandwich!), traditional, tried and tested recipes (how about Tandoori prawns or a bite-sized dabeli pav?), this is a delicious trip worth taking. Check out the pics and drool!
Crisp, delicious prawns peppered with peri peri flavours
The absolutely delicous biryani parcels with dip
Melt in the mouth Galauti kebabs
Oysters with a hint of mango