Just Veg, a vegetarian restaurant in the Maldives

Vegetarian restaurant Maldives
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We are committed carnivores. So, to have a vegetarian restaurant as our favourite restaurant in the world is a bold statement! But Just Veg, which was the first vegetarian restaurant in the Maldives, is our absolute favourite restaurant. In the World. It opened on Atmosphere Kanifushi in late 2013.

Just Veg Vegetarian Restaurant

This a la carte restaurant is at the north of the island, between the ‘adults only’ area and the exquisite water villas with pool. Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives offers guests a premium all-inclusive plan and dining at Just Veg is included (but must be booked in advance). It’s open for both lunchtime and dinner.

So what makes Just Veg, the first vegetarian restaurant in the Maldives so special?

It’s hard to describe just one thing. The ambience is inviting and relaxing. There’s the lapping of the waves. There’s the chance to watch the reef sharks swimming amongst the coral attempting to find their own lunch. It’s so hard to describe why we love it so much. It’s mesmorising and serenity personified. It just has that unidentifiable something. That je ne sais quois.

Inside or Outside – what do we recommend?

If you’re lucky, there are seats outside. In the daytime you are reliant on nature’s air conditioning so no breeze makes for a warm experience and you may prefer to seat inside underneath a roof fan. Inside the restaurant is just as atmospheric. Light and lofty ceilings and with 360 degree open windows meaning the breeze wafts in from any direction.

So come on, get on with it … what’s the food like

Delicious. Flavourful. Exquisite. How many more superlatives would you like?

Each meal starts with the most delicious breads and chutneys and pickles follow. On the scale of one to very spicy there’s a broad mix.

with a delightful amuse bouche, typically an inventive aperitif comprising of a shot drink and canape.

Next it’s time for a delightful Amuse-Bouche. This is a typically inventive aperitif comprising of a ‘shooter’ and then a tasty canape (usually vegan). The all-inclusive package entitles you to a three-course lunch or dinner. The menu is extensive and exceptionally creative. Vegans won’t be disappointed as there are lots of dishes they can choose from and as everything is freshly cooked, it’s usually adaptable too.Mr P hates aubergine. If I put it into the shopping trolley it’s referred to as ‘food of the devil’. But, whenever we visit Just Veg, his favourite dish is Baron Brise, consisting of aubergine (egglant), mushroom, cheese and tomatoes. Apparently it’s heaven on a plate and I have had to restrain him from actually licking the plate on more than one occasion. The ultimate in hypocrisy if you ask me.

I’ve never had a meal I’ve not thoroughly enjoyed – from the traditional Maldivian Locavore Curry, Thai Hot & Sour Soup (phew, that was spicy!),Thai Green Curry but I swerve the papaya relish – that’s my food of the devil.

When it comes to dessert, it’s hard to comprehend how they manage to experience such beautiful, tasty fresh fruit when you’re in the middle of the Indian Ocean. There’s Pineapple Carpaccio or Basil & Berries. Speciality of the house is Nutellamisu, a light and eggless twist on Tiramisu.

If you can’t imagine a meal without meat I defy you to not enjoy Just Veg.

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