Naples Grande Beach Resort announced the launch of new Indian cuisine offerings in collaboration with James Beard Award semi-finalist Chef Niven Patel, the culinary mastermind behind Miami’s Ghee Indian Kitchen. Reinforcing the ever-growing popularity of diverse, authentic cuisine concepts, the new menu will be a permanent fixture on Mantra’s list of offerings for guests who dine at the pan-Asian inspired open kitchen and bar.
“Guests and locals have come to know and love our restaurants here at Naples Grande, eager to see what we’re going to do next,” says Eddie Thomas, Director of Food and Beverage for Naples Grande Beach Resort. “From our acclaimed Bloody Mary Bar to popular Frites & Flutes Friday Happy Hour, we’re always striving to give diners a surprise from the moment they step in the door. With these new menu items, Chef Patel brings a special and unique take on globally inspired cuisine to the resort and we’re honored to work with a leading culinary mind in the Florida market.”
With a selection of dishes that transcend borders, guests of the resort and Naples locals enjoying the traditional Indian cuisine can begin with their choice of Crispy Cauliflower or Avocado Tuna Bhel as an appetizer, followed by a selection from the menu’s Tiffin offering – a traditional Indian meal box.
Stacked with four stainless-steel containers, the levels include Pumpkin Seed Naan, Persian Cucumber Salad with curry leaf dressing, Cumin Basmati and a choice of Chicken Tikka Masala, Coconut Shrimp Curry or Paneer Tikka Masala. An array of spices that are sourced by Chef Patel directly from India are also incorporated into the cuisine, offering guests truly authentic flavors.
“Naples has an impressive and growing culinary scene and I’m excited to share my concepts with the esteemed program at Naples Grande Beach Resort,” says Chef Niven Patel. “This collaboration gives me the one-of-a-kind opportunity to build on the innovative concept of Mantra and bring homestyle Indian cooking to guests of the resort and locals of the area.”
Led by Chef Bader Ali, Naples Grande Beach Resort features seven distinct culinary concepts. Alongside Mantra and its new menu offerings by Chef Patel, Naples Grande boasts six additional outlets including its signature restaurant and award-winning The Catch of the Pelican.
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