Photography by Soneva Fushi
18 November 2022
Award-winning Brazilian chef and restaurateur, Manoella ‘Manu’ Buffara, has launched a new pop-up restaurant at Soneva Fushi, the pioneering barefoot luxury resort in the Maldives.
Located at Fresh in the Garden, a treetop dining destination that overlooks the resort’s extensive organic island gardens, the 12-month pop-up is based on the concept of transformation and offers guests a rare opportunity to dine with one of Latin America’s most exciting culinary talents.
Recently named Latin America’s Best Female Chef by the World’s 50 Best, Chef Manu is the executive chef and owner of her eponymous restaurant, Manu. Paving the way for gastronomy in Brazil, the menu celebrates the culture and produce unique to the region of Paraná.
Inspired by her family and background, Chef Manu learned the value of land and animals growing up in the countryside and incorporates this in her everyday technique.
At her restaurant, which is located in the city of Curitiba in southern Brazil, she uses organic ingredients from her own garden and carefully selected suppliers.
Chef Manu’s devotion to sustainability and quality ingredients stems from her commitment to Curitiba, working with local communities to transform abandoned sites into urban gardens and educating locals on how to care for the gardens and feed themselves.
Chef Manu’s menu focuses on plant-based, vegetarian and pescatarian dishes, using ingredients grown in the resort’s organic gardens and sustainably caught seafood.
Seating just 35 guests per sitting, the exclusive pop-up at Fresh in the Garden will be overseen by members of her team from Curitiba.
Fresh in the Garden is located high above Soneva Fushi’s organic gardens, where the aromas of the herbs waft up from below. The central open kitchen gives guests front-row seats to the action, with seating available under cover or beneath the starry night sky.
The original Soneva and the No News, No Shoes blueprint for all barefoot luxury hideaways. Located in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 64 one- to nine-bedroom beachfront villas and eight one- and two-bedroom Water Retreats.
Magical experiences are designed to create unforgettable memories.
Guests can explore the constellations at the Observatory, watch a classic movie at the open-air Cinema Paradiso, take a snorkelling expedition to the house reef, swim with manta rays in Hanifaru Bay, picnic on a deserted sandbank, or try the art of glassblowing at the Maldives’ only hot glass studio.
Eleven dining destinations offer a tempting array of cuisines alongside Michelin-starred guest chefs through the Soneva Stars calendar. Guests can also visit the Bar and Wine Cellar, with more than 500 varieties curated from some of the world’s top wineries, or indulge at the complimentary chocolate, ice cream and cheese and charcuterie parlours.