Spanish chef Carlos Otero uses organic produce from the resort’s garden. (Rassin Vannier, Seychelles News Agency)
(Seychelles News Agency) – The Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and Spa this week unveiled a new Mediterranean menu in its Portobello restaurant. The dishes are the creation of Spanish chef Carlos Otero, who uses organic produce from the resort’s garden.
âWe started the organic garden about eight months ago, and we are planting and using the hydroponic method,â Otero told local reporters on Wednesday.
âAt the moment, we grow eggplants, tomatoes, lettuce, pumpkins, among others, as well as a wide variety of spices, including basil, rosemary and mint.
With this new menu, guests of the restaurant, which is part of the five-star Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa – can also enjoy a variety of produce purchased from local fishermen.
|The dishes have Otero’s unique touch inspired by his childhood. (Rassin Vannier, Seychelles News Agency) Photo license: CC-BY|
Otero said the dishes that have his own twist are inspired by his childhood. He explained that the new menu is based on his family roots. “My mother is the best chef I have ever known, half of my family is from Italy, so I want to go back to my childhood recipes with a modern twist.”
Chef Otero’s dishes are a fusion of locally grown organic products, other local products such as cassava, coconut and sweet potato as well as other more refined ingredients such as truffle, toasted pine seeds. and foie gras.
âWe also use organic products to make fresh, healthy juices, such as cucumber with mint and eggplant with ginger and honey.
|Chef Otero’s dishes are a fusion of locally grown organic products. (Rassin Vannier, Seychelles News Agency) Photo license: CC-BY|
For now, the cultivated vegetables and spices are only used for the Portobello restaurant, but Otero said that in the future they want to expand the garden to supply other restaurants in the resort located on the third largest island in the Seychelles.
Andre Borg, general manager of the resort, said the art of gourmet cooking has reached a new level at Portobello Restaurant with the new menu.
âGuests can enjoy a blend of unforgettable dishes, exquisite wines, with elegant service and ambiance, inspired by the most popular ingredients of Mediterranean cuisine.â
Borg said that for any occasion, intimate celebration or business, the Portobello is the perfect restaurant because it provides the perfect setting.
The hotel is also stepping up efforts to ensure that the resort is managed in a sustainable manner and remains environmentally friendly. Among these initiatives, let us quote the organic garden, the sorting of waste where bins for cans, bottles and papers are everywhere in the enclosure of the hotel.
The resort is also free of plastic pet bottles with the implementation of its new eco-friendly water project. The water from a source of Mont Dauban is filtered and put into glass bottles. The bottles are then disinfected and reused.
Guests can also purchase stainless steel bottles which can be refilled for free during their stay. The establishment of this water bottling plant with the help of Vivreau – a table water bottling system – will better protect the island’s rich biodiversity.
The Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and Spa is located on Silhouette, the third largest granite island of the Seychelles archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.
|The resort is located on Silhouette, one of the largest nature reserves in the Seychelles. (Gerard Larose, Seychelles Tourist Office) Photo license: CC-BY|
A national park and home to one of the largest nature reserves including one of the highest peaks in the country – Mount Dauban – Silhouette is located 20 km northwest of MahÃ©, the main island.
Accessible in a 20-minute helicopter transfer from the Seychelles International Airport or a 45-minute boat ride from Bel Ombre Pier, the island also offers a rich marine life protected by law. Its beaches are also nesting places for hawksbill turtles.