Baros Maldives unveils unique sandbank pop-up restaurants

The novel concept of dining in a pop-up restaurant has taken on a new dimension at Baros Maldives with the introduction of a pop-up restaurant on a sandbank outside the resort’s lagoon. Pop-up restaurants have appeared on city streets, wilderness parks and now, for the first time, on a secluded sandbank in the Indian Ocean, it said. Dining on a sandbank under the stars as the sea gently laps the sand, a soft breeze cools the evening, lanterns flicker and chefs create gastronomic treats in the open air, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

According to the resort, guests are taken to the sandbank by speed boat to be greeted with a glass of champagne in time to watch a magnificent sunset. It said that seven chefs are on hand to prepare guests’ choices from the a la carte menu of a Maldivian, Mediterranean or tandoori seafood platter for two, or a mixed grill platter of Foie Gras, beef, lamb, and chicken. There is also a salad bar and a sushi and sashimi station. Attentive waiters provide classic table service while a selection of premium wines from the cellar of the resort’s renowned Lighthouse Restaurant is available from the sandbank sommelier, it added.

Although this is a temporary “Pop-up” event on a sandbank, it is presented and run as a gourmet dining experience typical of a fine restaurant, with exemplary attention to detail and guests’ requirements. It has proved enormously popular with the resort’s repeater guests as well as with those staying for several nights, it added.

According to Baros Maldives, the first pop-up restaurant on the sandbank in March 2017 was such a success, it is now a regular event, depending on guest demand and weather conditions. Guests have commented that they like the combination of being served gourmet cuisine under the stars in the simple setting of the sandbank because this creates an unforgettable, pure Maldivian island experience, it said in a statement.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a short cruise to the sandbank in time for sunset. Dinner is served as the stars start to twinkle in the night sky with the elegant event continuing in a leisurely fashion until the boat ride back to the resort at 9 p.m.

This unique pop-up restaurant is open to all guests of Baros Maldives but reservations have to be made in advance as numbers are limited, it added.