Brewed to perfection

At Ephélia we strive for perfection and for our tea-drinking guests nowhere is this more important than in their teacups.

Theodor tea at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Theodor tea at Constance Ephelia

For that reason we have chosen luxury French tea house Theodor to supply our signature restaurant Cyann. Established in 2002 by Frenchman Guillaume Leleu, Theodor has become synonymous with prestigious, high quality fair trade teas from around the world.

With an emphasis on taste and artistry in blending, the house has become a standard in excellence throughout the world.

Even the teapots in which the teas are brewed are considered part of the process, and Theodor teapots are made of Japanese cast iron using ancient Japanese casting techniques. Each teapot is unique with the cast broken after casting and then remoulded in a constant striving for perfection.

Theodor teas available at Cyann

  • The famous white tea Yin Zen from China
  • The Rooibos from South Africa – a theine-free infusion
  • Classic black teas including – English breakfast and Daarjeling
  • Flavoured green teas including – Jasmine, Peché Mignon, J’aime
  • Flavoured black teas including – Earl Grey Royal, Place Saint Marc, Travel to India
  • Tête à tête – a herbal tea
  • Teas we plan to offer soon:
  • The unique Matcha green tea from Japan
  • The semi-fermented tea from Taiwan
  • The green Pu Ehr from Laos
  • The black Pu Ehr from Laos
  • The Kenyan black tea
Find out more

Visit the Theodor tea website to learn more about the art of brewing the perfect cup of tea.

And if you prefer your tea with a kick read the Independent’s guide on how to pep up your daily brew.

Discover more about the beautiful resort of Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Michelin star Chef Walter Ferretto visits Halaveli

Guests at Constance Halaveli were recently treated to a visit from the Italian Michelin star chef Walter Ferretto.

Chef Walter Ferretto at Constance Halaveli

Chef Walter Ferretto at Constance Halaveli

The world renowned chef took time out from cooking at his exclusive Il Cascinalenuovo restaurant in Piedmont, Italy to create a breath-taking culinary wine dinner and an Italian themed buffet night at Halaveli’s Jahaz restaurant.

At the wine dinner Chef Ferretto paired the finest Piedmont ingredients with some of Italy’s most exciting wines. The result was a gastronomic event which had guests literally gasping with excitement as each elegantly sophisticated dish was revealed.

The Piedmont region is famous for its exquisite truffles and it was around this delicious delicacy that Chef Ferretto created his unique menu for Halaveli guests.

Highlights included:

  • An amuse bouche of egg with black truffle – matched with a Veneto Prosecco, Balan Extra Dry, NV
  • Ferretto’s signature dish of white onion with truffles – matched with a Veneto Chardonnay, Il Calto delle Fate, Il Filo delle Vigne, 2007
Roulade of grass-fed veal by Chef Walter Ferretto

Roulade of grass-fed veal

  • Tagliolini and white truffles – matched with a Vignetti in Rio Sordo, Casina Bruciata, 2010
  • A roulade of grass-fed veal served with baby vegetables in a truffle jus – matched with a Vignetti in Rio Sordo, Casina Bruciata, 2006
  • A Piedmont semi freddo with Manjari chocolate sauce and biscotti truffle – matched with a Cesare, Le Salette, 2006

At both the wine menu dinner and the Italian buffet the Italian chef shared his passion for food, meeting guests after the meal to share his love for food with them.

Highlights of the buffet menu included handmade pasta, gnocchi, aubergine and mint stuffed lamb roulade, whole roasted grass-fed veal racks, Italian cheeses, Serrano ham and salami with black summer truffles.

To find out more about Walter Ferretto and try your hand at some of his famous recipes visit the Il Cascinalenuovo website or find out more about holidays at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Enjoy these photos from Chef Walter Ferretto’s visit to Halaveli:

White onion with truffle, by Chef Walter Ferretto at Constance Halaveli

White onion with truffle, by Chef Walter Ferretto

 

Piedmont semi freddo with Manjari chocolate sauce and biscotti truffle

Piedmont semi freddo with Manjari chocolate sauce and biscotti truffle

 

Chef Walter Ferretto and the team at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Chef Walter Ferretto and the team at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

A taste of India in the Seychelles

We’re thrilled to announce that world-renowned Indian chef and restaurateur, Vineet Bhatia will be visiting Constance Ephélia this December.

Chef Vineet Bhatia, Constance Hotels & Resorts

Chef Vineet Bhatia

The first Indian chef ever to receive a Michelin Star, Bhatia’s approach puts a contemporary twist on traditional Indian cuisine.

Vineet Bhatia’s influence

Bhatia’s global influence as a restaurateur now spreads from Mumbai to Geneva, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Mauritius.

‘I would describe myself as a global Indian whose inspiration is deeply rooted in India with an ever-burning desire to put Indian cuisine on the forefront,’ he says.

Events at Ephélia

Bhatia will run special dining events at Cyann Restaurant, Constance Ephélia from 29th December to 1st January.

  • 29-30th December – A glimpse of Vineet Bhatia’s A La Carte including three starters, three main courses and two desserts
  • New Year’s Eve & New Years Day – A five course taster menu
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Discover fruits and spices of the Seychelles

One of the most pleasurable ways to immerse yourself in island culture is by sampling delicious local cuisine, flavoured by locally grown fruits, vegetables and spices.

Fresh produce, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Fresh produce at Ephelia

At our two Seychelles resorts, Constance Lemuria and Constance Ephelia, you’ll discover the fusion inherent in Creole cooking where traditions of many nations blend to create the distinctive dishes on offer. Influences include African, European, Chinese and Indian cuisines.

Fruits such as mango, passion fruit, banana and pineapple are combined with local fish to make light refreshing dishes while spices such as lemongrass (‘citronel’), chilli (‘pima’), and onions (la ke onyon) give the food its heat.

Fruit and spice discovery at Ephelia

Our team at Constance Ephelia are passionate about the luscious local fruits and exotic Seychellois spices served in the resort’s restaurants.

Every Saturday guests can enjoy a special fruit and spice discovery evening, where you can learn more about the island’s delicacies.

Find out more

If you’ve been inspired by a visit to the Seychelles and would like to try to recreate the exciting flavours back home, take a look at the recipes in our culinary section.

 

 

Antinori Estates wine dinner at Constance Moofushi

At Constance Moofushi we’ve organised a rare treat for gourmet travellers next month, when our Head Sommelier Romain Sauzier and Chef Ahmed Boukraa team up with premium Italian wine producer Antinori to create a one-off wine pairing dinner.

Wine glass

Antinori wine dinner at Moofushi

Antinori director Stefano Leone has worked with our team to create a menu which perfectly blends the exclusive Italian wines with the dining experience offered at Moofushi.

What’s on the menu

Leone will be at the event, where dishes will be paired with the perfect wine to complement both. In some cases the wine will be used in the preparation of the dish such as the delicious Franciacorta Montenisa Brut and rose petal sorbet.

Other dishes include:

  • a duo of fresh and smoked salmon tartar on an avocado bed, accompanied by an Umbria, Castello della Salla San Giovanni, 2011
  • glazed duck liver with a white grape verjus, accompanied by a Moscato d’Asti, Prunotto, 2010.

The event will be held at the Blue Lounge on Sunday 9 December at Constance Moofushi.

Find out more

 

Michelin star Chef Serge Gouloumes to visit Seychelles

Chef celebre Serge Gouloumes, of the world-famous Le Mas Candille in France, will be visiting Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia from 7-13 January to share his culinary passion with Constance guests.

Chef Serge Gouloumes

Chef Serge Gouloumes

The famous French chef will be organising special dinners and events, and offering a number of cookery classes at both Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia.

If you’re interested in improving your culinary skills and wowing your friends with a bit of gourmet French cooking back home, then this is the event for you.

Gouloumes has spent much of his career travelling the world and has been inspired by the mix of exotic spices and fresh ingredients of Seychellois cuisine. It was his fusion of exotic spices with the haute cuisine traditions of France that won him a Michelin star.

Find out more