Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives is set to present the flavours of the Mediterranean this October with the launch of its latest global menu Pesto, Pistou.

“Marking another gastronomic triumph for a brand synonymous with culinary excellence for more than 70 years, the expert chefs at Mövenpick have perfected a new and innovative range of pesto’s (Italian) and pistous (French) to create seven experimental dishes”, the resort said. 

The new dishes will be served at its Latitude 5.5 restaurant throughout October.

“We are excited to work with these luscious basil-based sauces, introducing them to guests in ways they have not likely experienced before,” said Deden Permana, executive sous chef.

“The seasonality of using pesto and pistou is important to us, as basil is traditionally harvested in late summer and preserved into these rich, oil-based sauces that are full of colour, flavour, and healthy omega-3s – perfect for brightening up our cuisine, and our spirits, amid the cooling weather.” 

Pesto and pistou are two versions of a flavourful sauce made with basil, olive oil and cheese. Italian pesto, which originated in Genoa, is blended from garlic, basil, pine nuts, grated pecorino cheese (or parmesan) and olive oil, while its French cousin, pistou, is a Provençal cold sauce with similar ingredients, but without the pine nuts, and made with or without cheese. Mövenpick’s versions add new surprising ingredients to the blend, while preserving the essence of both Mediterranean specialty sauces to create seven pesto-pistou-inspired dishes.

Maciej Gruszecki, the general manager, added: “While our guests and our local fans love to return for their favourite classic Mövenpick dishes, we always seek to surprise and delight with innovative seasonal offerings, or special food related events. We are certain that our Pesto, Pistou menu will excite the palates of even the most experimental foodies, while providing a fitting send-off to summer with a tribute to the flavours that conjure up the Mediterranean sun and sea.”

Visit movenpick.com/pesto for more information.