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Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa, Yanuca Island Re-Launches New Golden Cowrie Coastal Italian Restaurant and Golden Cowrie Lounge

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa has re-launched its Golden Cowrie Italian Coastal Restaurant and Golden Cowrie Lounge.

The restaurant and lounge which underwent a complete refurbishment re-opened in late December.

“We are so delighted to announce the re-launch and complete overhaul of both the Golden Cowrie Coastal Italian Restaurant and Golden Cowrie Lounge as they are both an integral part of the history and transformation of our resort,” said Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa General Manager, Mr Francis Lee.

“They were both originally established when our resort was opened in 1967 and were known as the Golden Cowrie Restaurant and the Golden Cowrie Lounge was formerly known as the Black Marlin Bar.

“In keeping with the roots of this restaurant we have maintained important cultural elements of Fijian culture in the décor especially in the use of coconut sinnet on the wooden pillars were all hand made by artisans throughout the restaurant.

“The use of other items like the woven baskets and the colour pallet also pay tribute to Fijian culture but also represent a more modern and international aesthetic that represents the international flavour of the Italian cuisine that we offer in this restaurant,” Mr Lee said.

The Culinary team at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa is headed by Executive Chef Rudolf Kunkel whose international experience throughout the Shangri-La group world-wide in South East Asia and Malaysia as well as Fiji, spearheaded the transformation of the Golden Cowrie Restaurant along with the director of the food and beverage team, Maurice Fahey.

The Golden Cowrie Restaurant is headed by Italian Sous Chef Bruno Bettinazzi and a team of eight. Chef Bettinazzi worked in Singapore prior to coming to Fiji and before that he has worked in restaurants and hotels throughout Italy and Switzerland. Emmanuel Fonmanu is the service leader and heads the team in restaurant.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operate over 100 hotels with a room inventory of over 41,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. For more information, please visit www.shangri-la.com.

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