Six Senses Zil Pasyon Unveils The Secrets Of Its Creole Cuisine
Guests at Six Senses Zil Pasyon can take a bite out of local culture by tasting delicious Creole-inspired dishes at the Ocean Kitchen, prepared with fresh local ingredients.
Creole cuisine is a balanced mix of diverse influences from the different cultures that made their way through the Seychelles over the years, all adding an extra sparkle. This is why Creole cuisine is unique in its own way.
As in many cultures around the world, the art of cooking has played an important role in Seychellois families through the ages. Spices and fresh herbs are used to bring out the true flavors of fish and meat, which are predominant in the local diet. Salted meat or fish is an old tradition that has made its way onto the modern menu, where either is coated in rock salt, left in the sun to dry during the day and kept dry inside overnight. After a few days it is washed, boiled and cooked as a meal. Also integrated in today’s Creole cuisine is “gro manze”: sweet potatoes, breadfruit and cassava prepared boiled or as a fricassee, along with other traditional dishes including curries and rich tomato-based rougail.
Ocean Kitchen is the first non-meat restaurant in the Seychelles. As such it features dishes with locally and sustainably caught fish along with the freshly-picked vegetables, herbs and fruit from the resort’s organic garden on Félicité. Chef Yusuf Nourice, the Creole cuisine specialist, is in his element while stirring pots radiating with local aromas and flavors, while inviting guests to try authentic native cuisine.
As a boy, Yusuf would spend many hours watching his mother when she was cooking. He would sneak around the kitchen to smuggle fish balls with tuna and potato, his favorite food as a child. He still remembers the scent of her “bouyon blanc” and “bouyon bred” – soups with fish and cabbage respectively. All the recipes were passed down from generation to generation first-hand; no one in the family had a recipe book. Every cook would add their own ingredient or quantity based on their own personal taste and that’s what made every dish special. Growing up, cooking was not something Yusuf had in mind as a career, but it remained his passionate so he decided to follow his heart. Yusuf says, “When cooking, it is important to do it with love. You may not be able to smell it or see the love but you will definitely be able to taste it.”