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Coco Collection partners with Chef Colin Clague of Rüya Dubai on an exclusive chef residency in the

Coco Collection is excited to partner with Colin Clague, the award-winning Executive Chef of Rüya Dubai, on a very special chef residency to bring Turkish cuisine to the shores of Coco Bodu Hithi. He will be creating two fantastic dinners for guests at our overwater seafood restaurant, Aqua, on 11th and 15th August as well as a special masterclass on 14th August.

With six restaurants and bars, Coco Bodu Hithi offers a variety of exquisite cuisines, taking inspiration from the Maldives and further afield. Colin’s exclusive 6-course tasting menus will reflect his creations at Rüya Dubai, showcasing Anatolian flavours with a local twist. 

The two menus created by Chef Colin for Coco Bodu Hithi: 

11th August Menu


Filo-wrapped feta cheese with carrots, zucchini, & walnuts


Seabass sashimi with mustard, apple, and shaved radish

Starter:Yer elmasi corbasi

Jerusalem artichoke soup with smoked eggplant purée

Seafood:Grilled Tiger Prawn

Pickled fennel butter

Main:300-Day Grain Fed Beef

Turkish coffee & isot rub and crispy za’atar potatoes

Dessert:Firin Sutlaç

Traditional Anatolian rice pudding with raspberries, rose ice cream, and lokum

15th August Menu

Amuse-bouche: Isli patlican

Smoked eggplant purée with walnuts, crispy coated eggplant crisps

Pre-starter: Tuna

Raw tuna, antep pistachio purée, puffed Turkish chilli rice

Starter: Lamb Manti

Tomato, roast garlic, yoghurt, and thyme 

Seafood: Zeytinyagli ahtapot

Marinated grilled octopus, black eyed beans, and apple vinaigrette

Main: 24-Hour Slow Cooked Short Rib

Turkish chilli BBQ glaze, spiced konya chickpea purée

Dessert: Orange & Almond Revani

Orange and almond cake with orange caramel, and fennel ice cream

Colin joined Rüya Dubai, a new Anatolian restaurant concept, in 2016. Colin said regarding his inspiration, “I first moved to the Middle East to open the prestigious Burj al Arab hotel, then later in 2007 to open Zuma Dubai, and never left! After Zuma, one of the restaurants I opened was the award-winning Q’bara restaurant, a modern Levant restaurant, serving modern interpretations of Middle East classics.

Through Q’bara I met my future business partners, Rasim and Umut Ozkanka, who said that this is exactly what they wanted to do with Turkish food, and that’s why we created Rüya. Our aim is to put Turkish food right up there with the other great food cultures of the world.”

Through the years, Colin’s dedication and passion saw him acquired extensive industry experience that spans the globe. Chef Colin’s upcoming residency at Coco Bodu Hithi promises to showcase best quality ingredients to create sublime flavours executed with simplicity and finesse.

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