A nourishing new culinary journey at Wallawwa
Sri Lanka boasts not only breathtaking landscapes and a rich cultural heritage, but also a culinary tradition deeply woven into the fabric of the island. The concept of farm-to-table in Sri Lanka is a way of life, a longstanding tradition that has sustained generations and continues to define the island’s culinary identity.
From lush tea plantations perched on misty hills to fertile paddy fields stretching across the lowlands, Sri Lanka’s unique terrain produces diverse agricultural bounties that supply the freshest and most flavourful ingredients.
At Teardrop Hotels, we have been celebrating this harmony between nature and the dinner table since we opened Wallawwa 15 years ago.
In this blog, we share the sustainability aspects and delectable flavours that make farm-to-table an integral part of Teardrop’s newly launched wellness menu at Wallawwa.
Why is farm-to-table important?
Eating local, seasonal produce supports small and vulnerable communities and increases food security in a rapidly changing world. And of course, eating seasonally is almost a guarantee of flavour. Sourcing locally however requires adaptability, as true farm-to-table menus are dictated by changing seasons. By growing many of our own herbs, vegetables, and fruit on-site across several of our properties, like Wallawwa, Camellia Hills, Goatfell and Nine Skies, we are able to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the pressures of transporting food across the country.
South-east Asian Style Tacos
The Teardrop approach
Wallawwa’s new wellness menu, ‘Fresh, Healthy, Local’ celebrates the diversity of Sri Lankan cuisine, while offering a unique and healthy dining experience that put the spotlight on regional ingredients. The majority of the ingredients used are local and sourced from its own garden, with the remaining ingredients coming from small-scale producers in the immediate locality.
Head of Wellness at Teardrop Hotels Rekha Krishnamoorthy explained, “Our wellness philosophy revolves around creating a unique and holistic dining experience for our guests. By sourcing locally and focusing on healthy, balanced meals, we want to ensure that guests can nourish their bodies while also immersing themselves in the rich culinary heritage of Sri Lanka.”
One of the highlights of the healthy wellness menu is its emphasis on light and balanced meals, using indigenous ingredients and traditional preparation methods. Sri Lanka boasts a treasure trove of nutritious ingredients such as jackfruit (polos), red millet (kurakkan) and centella (gotukola) and kithul treacle. These superfoods are incorporated into an inventive array of healthy dishes including herbal porridges and healthy bowls, wraps, burgers, salads, and desserts that incorporate fresh and stewed fruit for natural substitute to refined sugar.
Curried Young Jackfruit Burger
Fresh, Healthy, Local
The menu is thoughtfully curated to accommodate a wide range of dietary preferences and requirements, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Each dish is designed to balance nutrition and flavour, ensuring guests can enjoy a wholesome meal without compromising on taste. To complement the farm-to-table and healthy wellness menu, guests can also enjoy a selection of freshly squeezed juices, 100% organic herbal teas, and smoothies.
Teardrop’s bespoke wellness menu has been thoughtfully designed for leisure wellness travelers whether looking to detox, eat more consciously, combat the effects of jetlag, or simply indulge in delicious meals that are also nutritious. From energy boosting wellness smoothies, healing teas infused with local herbs to nutrient-packed, locally sourced salads, poke bowls, wraps and other dishes that promote vitality, each culinary creation is a step towards rejuvenation.
Rekha concluded, “As guests unwind in the tranquil embrace of Teardrop’s luxurious accommodations, immersed in nature, the uniquely crafted wellness menu becomes an integral part of their holistic experience, offering an ideal remedy for the strains of travel and deeper relaxation.”