Buckle your seatbelts everyone, something exciting is about to happen on our culinary landscape – Anatolian cuisine is coming to our archipelago for two splendid nights. Coco Collection is partnering with award-winning chef Colin Clague to make this happen. And on August 11th and 15th, guests at Coco Bodu Hithi will be in for a delight of Turkish proportions.
On those dates, Chef Clague will be showcasing Anatolian fare, which has a rich and deep history. Those familiar with Turkish food will know the region as the birthplace of Turkish ravioli or manti.
And expect the chef to add a local touch.
Dinner will take place at the resort’s breezy over-water restaurant.
Chef Clague is from the Isle of Man, and food and lifestyle website Savlafire reports his love-affair with food has much to do with his mother, a chef herself. Clague has been in the UAE since the opening of Burj-Al-Arab – he was part of the iconic property’s pre-opening team.
So, without further ado, here’s what’s on the menu
11th August Menu
Filo-wrapped feta cheese with carrots, zucchini, & walnuts
Seabass sashimi with mustard, apple, and shaved radish
Starter: Yer elmasi corbasi
Jerusalem artichoke soup with smoked eggplant purée
Seafood: Grilled Tiger Prawn
Pickled fennel butter
Main: 300-Day Grain Fed Beef
Turkish coffee & isot rub and crispy za’atar potatoes
Dessert: Firin Sutlaç
Traditional Anatolian rice pudding with raspberries, rose ice cream, and lokum
15th August Menu
Amuse-bouche: Isli patlican
Smoked eggplant purée with walnuts, crispy coated eggplant crisps
Raw tuna, antep pistachio purée, puffed Turkish chilli rice
Starter: Lamb Manti
Tomato, roast garlic, yoghurt, and thyme
Seafood: Zeytinyagli ahtapot
Marinated grilled octopus, black eyed beans, and apple vinaigrette
Main: 24-Hour Slow Cooked Short Rib
Turkish chilli BBQ glaze, spiced konya chickpea purée
Dessert: Orange & Almond Revani
Orange and almond cake with orange caramel, and fennel ice cream