Celebrated Canberra restaurant Pilot will welcome Nagesh Seethiah from the acclaimed Anchovy in Melbourne for a one day only event on Wednesday 15 May .
Taking over the kitchen for one special night, Nagesh will serve up a family-style feast inspired by the cuisine of his home country, Mauritius.
The $65pp menu, titled 'Manzé x Pilot' (Manzé meaning 'To Eat' in Mauritian Creole) will include a variety of small snacks and five dishes to share including barbecue kingfish with green banana and turmeric; crab rasson (soup) and a riff on traditional curries usually served at Mauritian weddings.
Underrepresented in Australia, Mauritian cuisine has a familiarity of flavour that is heavily influenced by the Indian-heritage community of Mauritius. While familiar in some ways, there is a lot that sets it apart from anything else. In general, dishes are lighter than the Australian understanding of Indian cuisine, incorporating tropical ingredients such as taro and bitter melon. This is food that is unique to itself and a result of various cultures coming together on a small island off the east coast of Africa.
Nagesh has spent many years learning how to cook traditional Mauritian food from his mother, and this takeover at Pilot will afford him the opportunity to reinterpret some classic Mauritian dishes. This is a homecoming of sorts for Nagesh, who spent more than 7 years in Canberra and last worked on the pans at the award-winning Bar Rochford, before moving to Melbourne and joining the team at Anchovy almost 2 years ago.
Bookings for this one-off event can be made via www.pilotrestaurant.com or by phoning 02 6257 4334.