Art de Vignes celebration gets underway at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice

An exciting week of fine dining and wine tasting gets underway this weekend, when the talented wine growers of Art de Vignes take centre stage at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Red wine in a glass

Superb wines from Art de Vignes

From 20-26 May, this dedicated group of wine growers will be showcasing their wines at our 2 resorts in Mauritius.

Guests can enjoy the delicious cuisine created by Constance chefs, accompanied by fine wines from the French wine-producing regions of Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Corsica, the Jura, the Loire and Rhone.

Find out more about the special events taking place this week. Art de Vignes celebrates fine dining and wine in Mauritius.

 

 

Constance Belle Mare Plage at the MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge in Tasmania, Australia

After the victory of our Constance Belle Mare Plage team at the top culinary contest on Mauritius, the 4 winners are heading to Tasmania to represent Mauritius at the international MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge, from 20-27 May.

Team going to MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge

The team heading to Tasmania

Last October 2011, out of a total of 9 teams, Constance Belle Mare Plage won the best table set up and was overall winner of the Black Box Competition local event which marks the International Chefs’ Day and organised by the Mauritius Chefs’ Association.

Constance Belle Mare Plage will be represented by:

  • Patrick Travady, winner of 5th edition of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, ex sous-chef and technician at the fine dining Blue Penny Café restaurant of Constance Belle Mare Plage. Patrick has participated in several culinary competitions and is very efficient and pro-active. Since 2010 he has been Assistant Chef at the Deer Hunter restaurant.
  • Aundoo Kainat exudes Mauritian hospitality and has mastered Mauritian culinary techniques with great humility. She also enjoys new challenges in cooking. Honest and passionate about what she does, Aundoo’s participation in this MLA Global Final is a golden opportunity towards her career goals.
  • Nitisha Ghunsam is responsible for desserts at the Blue Penny Café Fine dining restaurant. Devoted and loyal in her work, she also won the MLA Black Box Chef’s Challenge in 2009. Nitisha is very motivated to take part to such a competition.
  • Jean Jerry Kevin Hook took part in the culinary competition ‘Super Chef’ and in Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau. He is hard working, helpful and very determined. Good at interacting with guests and creative, this is a great challenge for Jean to be involved with.

The idea behind the competition

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Fifteen years after its inception, MLA’s Black Box Culinary Challenge has influenced more than 3500 young chefs around the Asia Pacific region helping lift their awareness and appreciation of Australian beef, sheep meat and goat meat.

Supported by the local chefs’ association in each country, the MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge has become the envied arena for showcasing quality products to a focused target market of current and future 5-star chefs and food service/trade buyers around the world.

Meat & Livestock Australia and other co-sponsors have successfully organised over 86 Black Box Competitions since 1996.

How does it work?

Each event targets 8 to 16 teams from five star hotels, restaurants, hotel/catering schools, clubs and airline catering. Teams are given a Black Box filled with mystery ingredients including prime Australian beef, sheep meat or goat meat as well as seafood, spices, fruit and vegetables, dairy products and stocks.

The teams are given one hour to devise a 4-course menu using all of the ingredients. The teams then take away their box of ingredients to a pre-arranged venue to prepare the meal. The 4 courses are judged by a panel of international chefs prior to being served to approximately 200 guests at a gala dinner event.

Points are awarded for taste, skill, creativity and artistic merit. Special awards are given for Best Main Course and Best Table Display. All teams receive a certificate of participation. Gold, Silver and Bronze level certificates are awarded based on the standards achieved by the team, and the top 3 winning teams receive Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and cash awards.

Competing Teams

  • Mauritius- Constance Belle Mare Plage
  • Vietnam – Equatorial Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
  • Egypte – Inter Continental City Stars Cairo
  • Philippines – Makati Shangri-La Manila
  • UAE – The Address Downtown Dubai
  • Singapore – Royal Plaza on Scotts
  • USA – Mitsitam Native Foods Café Baltimore
  • Indonesia – Bulgari Hotel Bali
  • Malaysia – Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
  • Thailand – Thailand Culinary Academy Bangkok
  • South Korea – Westin Chosun Hotel Seoul
  • Cambodia – Topaz Restaurant Phnom Penh
  • Hong Kong – Hong Kong Jockey Club Derby Restaurant
  • China- Inter Continental Beijing Beichen
  • Australia – The Henry Jones Art Hotel Hobart

 

Jing Restaurant – Asian Chic at Constance Halaveli

Anyone travelling to Constance Halaveli is in for a treat when they visit our Asian inspired restaurant, Jing.

Inside Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli

The beautiful interior of Jing restaurant

Beautifully positioned half way along the 854m jetty, Jing is the place to head if you’re looking for atmosphere, stunning location, top knotch food and a wine cellar that would be the envy of any European metropolitan eaterie.

Our wine collection features 18,000 bottles of old and new world wine from 920 different varieties.

Start your evening at the Jing Bar, where you can sample one of our signature cocktails on a warm Maldivian night before heading into the restaurant.

The blue lights under the restaurant attract an abundance of marine life, including sting rays and reef sharks, providing some unique entertainment.

What’s on the menu?

The à la carte menu features freshly caught seafood such as Yellow Fin Tuna, Seabass and Calamari. Other signature dishes include Red Thai Curry Cappucino, Angus Beef Tenderloin, Coffee and Anise Spiced Duck, Warm Chocolate Fondant with Thai Curry Ice Cream and the delectable award-winning Mango Sticky Rice.

Top table to request

The best tables in the house are on Jing Deck, the long curved balcony, where you’ll find 5 tables each seating 2 – perfect for an intimate dinner with your loved one.

Have you dined at Jing?

We’d love to hear about your experience of eating at Jing, Constance Halaveli. You can post your comments below or visit our Facebook page.

Hamilton Russell Vineyards wine promotion at Constance Hotels

At Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice tonight and tomorrow, 16 and 17 May, we are promoting the highly sought after wines from Hamilton Russell Vineyards, one of the most southerly wine estates in Africa and one of the closest to the sea.

L'Archipel restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

L'Archipel restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

The Hamilton Russell Estate specialises in producing individual, terroir driven Pinot noir and Chardonnay – widely regarded as the best in South Africa and among the best in theNew World.

The history of Hamilton Russell Vineyards

In 1975 founder, Tim Hamilton Russell purchased the undeveloped 170 hectare property located in the beautiful, cool, maritime Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. He found the property after an exhaustive search for the most southerly site on which to make South Africa’s top cool climate wines from a selection of noble varieties.

His son Anthony Hamilton Russell, who took over in 1991 (finally buying the property in 1994), narrowed the range to Pinot noir and Chardonnay only, and registered Hamilton Russell Vineyards as an Estate, committing to work only with grapes from their terroir.

Extensive soil research initiated in 1994 identified 52 hectares of stony, clay-rich, shale-derived soil as optimal for the individual, origin expressive style they aim for and all plantings have now been limited to this soil type.

La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Anthony, winemaker Hannes Storm and viticulturist Johan Montgomery are completely dedicated to expressing the personality of the Hamilton Russell Vineyards terroir in their wines.

Tiny yields and intense worldwide demand keep the elegant, highly individual, Estate grown Pinot noir and Chardonnay in very short supply.

 

Special promotional dinner at L’Archipel

Wednesday 16 May – L’Archipel, Le Prince Maurice

Urchin with Granny Smith apple

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Unilateral jobfish filet cooked on the skin, clams chowder with shells from our lagoon

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Beef flank, caramelised onion compote with Jamaican pepper, sweet potato dauphine, mirror sauce

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Cinnamon ango with manjari choclate,coconut sherbet with lime

The Wines

  • Asbourne Sandstone (white) 2007
  • HamiltonRussell Vineyards Chardonnay 2011
  • Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot noir 2010
  • Asbourne (red) 2007

 

Special promotional dinner at La Spiaggia

Thursday 17 May, La Spiaggia, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Tuna tartar, wasabi-salmon gravlax-vegetables ‘Croqque sel’ tartlet

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Ballotine of duck foie gras and smoked eel, ‘Surf’ beetroot and dandelion salad, ’Turf’ green asparagus with Harenka caviar

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Roasted cod fish with salted butter crusted with fruits nuts and lemon pulp, glazed carrot with vanilla, passion fruit sabayon

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Pigeon breast, grilled potato, roasted abatis with Colonnata lard, raspberries and raw cherries, “Lapsang Souchong” tea juice

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‘Kumabo’ chocolate tartlet, blackcurrant and violet juice

The Wines

  • Southern Right Sauvignon blanc 2011
  • HamiltonRussell Vineyards Chardonnay 2011
  • HamiltonRussell Vineyards Chardonnay 2009
  • HamiltonRussell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010 & Ashbourne 2007
  • Southern Right Pinotage 2009

Recipe: Salmon sashimi, crabmeat and green papaya salad with ginger

Try this deliciously tasty sashimi recipe made with fresh ginger and papaya, brought to you from the kitchens of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

L'Archipel at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The elegant L'Archipel

Serves 4
Preparation 
time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • 300g boneless, skinless salmon fillet
  • 1 green papaya
  • 1 tbsp coarse salt
  • 40g ginger
  • 4 sprigs coriander
  • 1/2 fresh red chilli (or more to taste)
  • 40g cashew nuts
  • 100g crabmeat
  • 8 capers
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper

Finishing touch

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 cl soy sauce
  • 1 pinch fleur de sel
  • freshly ground pepper

1. Finely slice the salmon, set aside.
2. Peel the papaya, remove the seeds, cut the flesh into thin julienne strips. Add the coarse salt and let rest for 20 minutes.
3. Rinse the papaya well, squeeze out the moisture and refrigerate.
4. Peel the ginger, cut it into thin julienne strips and blanch it in boiling salted water for 5 minutes. Drain, repeat twice.
5. Chop the coriander leaves. Remove the seeds from the red chilli, then chop the flesh finely. Chop the cashews with a knife.
6. Shred the crabmeat and put it in a salad bowl. Add the capers, ginger, green papaya, cashews, coriander, red chilli, olive oil and lemon juice. Correct seasoning.
7. Lay the salmon slices on the plates, adding a little crabmeat and papaya salad in the centre. Add a streak of olive oil, a pinch of fleur de sel and grind some black pepper on top. Serve with the soy sauce on the side.

Recipe: Pressed terrine of pumpkin and peppermint-roasted squash

Looking for something different to cook for your guests? Try this delicious terrine from the kitchens of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Fresh chillies

Fresh chillies at Constance

Serves 10 (1 terrine)

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Resting time: 24 hours

  • 750g pumpkin
  • 750g squash
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 5 sprigs peppermint
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 medium-sized leeks
  • 200g coconut chatini
  • salt and pepper

Finishing touch

  • 10 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 mint blossoms
  • olive oil
  • coarse sea salt, freshly ground black pepper

1. One day in advance, peel and seed the pumpkin and squash, then cut them into large cubes. Finely slice the red chilli.
2. In a large piece of aluminium foil, wrap the pumpkin and squash with the olive oil, thyme, chilli, salt and pepper. Bake in a 180ºC oven for 30 minutes. Let cool, setting aside any cooking juices.
3. Halve the leeks lengthwise and blanch them for 1 minute in boiling salted water. Cool them in iced water, then drain.
4. Rub the inside of the terrine with a little oil. Line the bottom and sides with the blanched leeks. Alternate layers of pumpkin, squash and mint leaves. Sprinkle with the reserved cooking juices. Cover the contents of the terrine directly with clingfilm and put a weight on them. Keep refrigerated for 24 hours.
5. Unmould the terrine and cut into slices. Put a slice on each plate, add a spoonful of coconut chatini on the side. Add a small pinch of coarse sea salt, some freshly ground pepper and a streak of olive oil. Decorate with cinnamon sticks and mint blossoms.