Meeru – The Barefoot Grill at Constance Halaveli Resort

In the first of our series on the restaurants that make the Constance culinary experience so special, we lift the lid on the beautiful Meeru Barefoot Grill at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Meeru beach bbq at Constance Halaveli Resort

Meeru beach bbq

Situated right on the beach, Meeru is a casual al fresco BBQ restaurant. With just 10 tables set for 2 people at each, this is an intimate spot where you can kick off your shoes, feel the sand between your toes and dine by tiki torchlight.

Our house specialities

Specialities here are the finest quality cuts of Australian meat and fresh seafood cooked to your liking. Other signature dishes include our special homemade chilli tomato jam and the Meeru salsa. We also serve the best garlic bread in the Indian Ocean, made on a baby baguette with homemade garlic butter and a blend of 3 cheeses.

The menu is displayed on boards, where guests get to tick the items they want to build their own dish.

Weekly specials

Prepared under the masterful eye of Executive Chef Glen Cooper, Meeru weekly specials include:

Tandoor oven at Constance Halaveli

Tandoor oven at Halaveli

The Halaveli Tandoor

Built by our engineering department, the Halaveli tandoor oven is the first of its kind in the Indian Ocean. This cooking method preserves the flavour of the ingredients and ensures a perfect texture – crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside.

Charcoal BBQ

Choose from a wide selection of top quality Australian meat including ostrich, lamb, Wagyu beef, Black Angus, venison, corn fed chicken, and for the more adventurous there’s kangaroo and crocodile.

Lobster night

Lobster and fresh whole fish are brought to Halaveli by local fisherman on a traditional Maldivian boat, the dhoni, just 1 hour before dinner service begins. Pick your own lobster and our chef will prepare it to your liking.

Wine list

Our sommelier Cedric Jacob oversees a wine list that reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the wine world. Constance Halaveli houses one of the largest stocked wine collections in the Maldives, which we are continuously expanding to include some of most exclusive and obscure vineyards in the world. On the menu you’ll find our wine collection totalling 18,000 bottles of wine from 920 different varieties, housed in our 2 cellars at the Jahaz and Jing restaurants.

The Constance Halaveli beach tandoori experience

At Constance Halaveli, in the Maldives, we offer a unique dining experience at our Meeru restaurant.

Nightime at Meeru beach restaurant, Constance Halaveli

Meeru beach restaurant at Constance Halaveli

The Halaveli tandoor oven is the first of its kind in the Indian Ocean - created for us by our Engineering Department.

Cooking delicious meat and fish dishes

Guests can enjoy a wide selection of top quality meat and fish, baked ‘à la minute’ in front of them directly on the beach. This cooking method preserves the integrity of the ingredients and ensures a perfect texture: crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside.

The engineering behind the tandoor oven

The oven is based on a traditional Indian tandoor oven, and is similar in shape and the way it works. The tandoor is made out of a steel cylinder and lined with a combination of concrete and glass that is fused together by burning charcoal.

Constance Halaveli beach tandoor oven

Meat and fish taste delicious when cooked in the Constance Halaveli beach tandoor oven

It’s then buried in the sand with stones placed on the outside to insulate the heat. Compared to traditional models, the Halaveli tandoor oven reaches the extreme temperature of 700°C after being lit for approximately 5 hours and burns through 10 kgs of charcoal in an evening.

Seasoning the oven

Each new tandoor is ‘seasoned’ with a homemade spice mix (masala mix), which is unique to each tandoor Chef. The exquisite flavour of the food is the result of the combination of the shape, concrete and glass construction and the extreme high temperatures.

Tandoor oven at the Meeru beach restaurant, Constance Halaveli

Tandoor oven at the Meeru beach restaurant, Constance Halaveli

Read some of the rave reviews about Constance Halaveli on TripAdvisor posted recently. Find out more about the resort in our spotlight on Constance Halaveli.