Club Liberte Casino – New chef, new culinary delights

To kick start the new food concept, the casino has scored a coup in the chef department. As the food on offer in the casino was just not up to the standard, it was decided that the best thing would be to source a new and upmarket chef and build a whole new restaurant concept around him. Now you may think that chefs are easy to find, and so they are if you just want someone who can cook. But to find a superstar chef who can cater to the notoriously fickle and difficult demands of international casino players and who can also cater to the needs of the regular public, now that is something different.

The Club Liberté put out a search through contacts and one name came up several times – Nurettin Aydoğan. Nurettin is Turkish and has been working at the top end of his profession in casino resorts in Central Asia for a number of years. It was difficult to prise him away from there, but the persuasion of an exotic tropical island did the trick. He has been running some big operations in the last few years but felt that he was getting away from his roots, that of actually cooking! Now he wants to get involved in the Club Liberté Casino and get “hands-on” again.

Nurettin, says that his approach to food is to showcase fresh local produce, and often simple preparations to bring out the quality of the ingredients he uses. The new menu he is devising bears that out. Nurettin knows exactly what he is doing. The snapper can be slowly cooked in olive oil, then marinated and grilled until it is full of deep-sea flavour with accents of lemon, oregano, and shallots. The grouper filet is wrapped in delicate slices of zucchini with a creamy and elegant sauce and is superb on a bed of herby basmati rice. As for the seafood pasta, this is just killer good — chunks of the best seafood served with artisanal pasta, simple but bursting in the mouth flavour. And of course you can expect specialities from his native Turkey. For those of you whose sole exposure to Turkish cooking is a takeaway kebab, then be prepared for an amazing surprise when you encounter five star Turkish cuisine for the first time, all prepared with his own special spices.

And that of course brings up the name of the new food concept and restaurant in the Club Liberté Casino. It is “5 Spices”, evoking the Orient, the Middle East and all of the tropical charms of the Seychelles. The new restaurant itself as a specific area in the casino will be ready in a couple of months, but in the meantime, before the crowds get there, this is the time to try out Nurettin and his delights. He could just very well be the best chef in the Seychelles right now.

The new Club Liberté Casino food concept can now serve cocktails to match the best of the food on offer. Burak, the new cocktail barman, has an updated cocktail list that makes use of some of the same flavours as the menu and that will astonish you with their variety.

So, if you think you know the Club Liberté Casino, think again. You have a treat in store.

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Classy, but unpretentious and very good…

“The Club Liberté’s Sushi Bar has the best of sushi” writes a repeat visitor to Seychelles”

“Perfection, they say, is in the detail and perfection is difficult to attain. However, I would mark out the Club Liberté’s Sushi Bar as close to perfection as will be found on Mahe” a repeat visitor took the trouble to write.

“It is all detail. It is the pointillism of food; the effect achieved through the accretion of tiny individual gestures. It’s good, it’s very good. If my intention were solely to make sure the place was full, this is maybe overkill.  I could probably fill it by knocking on the doors of my neighbours and telling them the good news, as the sushi bar is small. Inside the Club Liberté Casino, there is a dedicated section of the bar that seats seven, spaces which can be booked. Plus there are several tables for two or more.”

“A plate is laid before you. A mound of pickled ginger and wasabi is placed to one side. The fun may now begin. Of course, sitting at the bar is more than just theatre. Sushi is best consumed seconds after it’s prepared, with the barely cool or room temperature fish being gently heated by the warm, vinegared rice. Federico may admonish diners who snap phone pics of the prepared sushi; there’s no photography ban here, he just wants you enjoy the fish, while it is perfect.

While items can be ordered individually, there are also set menus or omakase, priced very reasonably. What’s in them is decided by the chef, depending on what’s good. We asked for octopus. He told me he had some, but we couldn’t have it. “I tasted it,” he said. “It’s not good enough.” Okay then. He said this without being condescending or grand. Indeed, there is nothing self-regarding or intimidating about the sushi chef. Watching the chef working is a joy, but he’s also good company.

A mid-ranged sashimi selection brought glistening pieces of snapper, bonito, tuna, salmon and the sweetest of sweet prawns. The nearest thing to adornment was the citrus juice, brushed lightly across pieces of snapper. The nigiri here is the whole package, which is to say the rice is exactly how you always wish it might be and so rarely is. It is the right side of just warm.

The vinegared edge is there without being overstated. The grains cling to each other without being needy. On to these pillows, formed by hand in front of you, go snapper, or strips of salmon, or a piece of octopus which has been so finely sliced half the way through by his knife as to look like bleached-out marquetry. There is a delicate brush with soy. A strip of toasted seaweed is used to form a collar to hold back a cluster of orange roe. Marinated octopus, laid with a blob of sauce, disintegrates in your mouth to release its oils.

I was once told that telling properly good sushi from the rest was a tricky business; the food was so very simple that difference could be measured in tiny points. I understood what they meant. Making it is a job for obsessives and so is eating it. So when the good sushi comes your way, you just know it. There are cheaper places to eat sushi on Mahe, and there may be hipper places too. But right now I honestly don’t believe there is any better place than Federico’s at the Club Liberté” the visitor went on to say. 

Congratulations to Club Liberté. Word of mouth is what gives a property the edge.

The Sushi Bar is open Tuesday to Saturday18h00 to 02h00.”



Saint Ange Tourism Report

12th November 2017 :

Creole Food & the Creole Festivalé.com

Creole octopus salad

“Did you know that the Club Liberté Casino at Petit Anse offers possibly the best sushi in the Seychelles?

Well it does, but unfortunately Sushi Chef Federico is going on vacation soon and the Club Liberté will not be serving sushi during his absence. However, the two regular chefs at the Club Liberté – Deon from South Africa and Trevor from the Seychelles – want to take up the challenge and serve something special during the absence of the sushi menu to maintain the standard of the Club Liberté’s food offer and to satisfy the casino’s regular customers and the new visitors.

We spoke to Trevor at the casino who told us about his idea designed to coincide with the forthcoming Creole Festival and his desire to participle fully in this important showcase for Creole culture and the Creole lifestyle. He and Deon will be preparing, during the period of…

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Set adjacent to the superlative Four Seasons Resort at Petite Anse, Seychelles.

With a combination of contemporary and tropical influences, the “Plantation House” spirit is developed as soon as the door opens into the luxurious gaming area. The main casino gaming floor has four roulettes, two poker and three blackjack tables, plus a unique and exclusive VIP gaming room offering roulette, blackjack and punto banco or poker. Thirty one of the latest electronic gaming machines will be available and will include the most popular reel and video slots, all linked to a loyalty card system. Club Liberté is not just gaming, and proposes a glamorous cocktail bar, a sushi bar – “food as entertainment”, and a quality restaurant offer. Live music and other entertainment presentes for the casino guests while they relaxing and enjoying their visit to the Club Liberté.