By Tom Gore, food director, The Brewery
Crystal clear seas, white sands and never ending sunshine, the Polynesian Islands are a blissful paradise home to some of the world’s tastiest cuisine. Spanning across the Pacific ocean from Hawaii all the way to New Zealand, the Polynesian Triangle is a melting pot of cultural influence with everything from Chinese to Portuguese to Vietnamese food. Fresh, vibrant and tropical, the culture and cuisine of Polynesia screams summer which is why this year we are transforming The Brewery into a tropical Tiki paradise!
This varied cuisine is typified by wonderful flavours found across the Polynesian islands, and to bring a taste of the Pacific to the city, we’ll be serving up classic dishes including a make-your-own Poke bar and Bajan flavoured Tiki fish cakes with a sweet and sour salsa. Delicious!
Polynesian food has acquired global popularity due to its eclectic mix of cuisines from all over the world and it’s not hard to see why! Flavour is the name of the game with this style of food with exotic fruit and veg, freshly caught seafood and punchy spices combining to form a real taste of summer.
The food eaten across Polynesia is testament to the wonders of diversity and reflects the area’s varied history of settlement and immigration throughout the years. I have always been a big believer in the power food has to define a culture and few places express this better than Polynesia. Food is a central part of Polynesian culture and is often used to celebrate. Traditional dishes are seen as a connector to indigenous ancestries and are used to bring families together, while the eating style is heavily communal and encourages guests to get stuck in and share. Talk about soul food!
As well as the positive social aspects of Polynesian dinning, it’s also amazingly healthy! The connection to the land and more importantly, the ocean is astounding, with an assortment of fresh seafood, local vegetables and exotic fruit available to choose from.
This summer, we want London to take a leaf out of Polynesia’s book and celebrate the season with vibrant, fresh local produce, plenty of healthy veg and fish and a communal style of breaking bread. Who knows, by adopting some of their eating trends, maybe we can even entice some of that Polynesian sunshine over as well!