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“Attentive staff”

Olhumathi Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Ukulhas
Price range: US$4 - US$10
Description: Olhumathi Restaurant is near to the bikini beach of Ukulhas Island. The restaurant serves local and international cuisine and also is renown as the best seafood place in town.
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Description: Olhumathi Restaurant is near to the bikini beach of Ukulhas Island. The restaurant serves local and international cuisine and also is renown as the best seafood place in town.
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

We have visited the restaurant only once during our one week stay at Ukulhas island.
Despite the previous reviews, the staff was very kind, attentive and spoke English as well.
We got a delicious soup with large tuna pieces and a grilled reef fish.
Both dishes were tasty, even the fish was a little bit burned, but still ok:).
The staff made sure we liked the food and even provided a kurumba for my wife as a gift.
All in all an experience worth the try.

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Reviewed 29 May 2017

My wife and I gave the place two chances, as there's not a great variety to choose from on an island that's 1000 X 200m. The food was mostly pretty horrible, and the 2nd time we were both ill. One look in the kitchen and those preparing the food and you get the impression that no one there knows the word hygiene. There's not much more to say- just don't eat at Olhumathi, whatever you do. There are far better and cleaner places like Central Diner and Sea La Vie.
James B. Balaban, M.D.

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Jamsheed H, Public Relations Manager at Olhumathi Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Dear balabanovj,
We appreciate for taking your precious time to leave such a valuable feedback. As we strive to improve our facilities and service to improve our guest satisfaction we value each and every guest feedback with utmost importance. Firstly, we would like to apologize for the inconvenience. With regards to the recent reviews about the hygiene of kitchen are. After careful consideration we have finally decided to renovate and upgrade our kitchen to a modern standard with a concentration in hygiene and food quality maintenance. We hope this would be good news to all customers.

Once again we would like to thank you for taking your time for leaving such a valuable feedback.
Thank you and best regards - Management Team

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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

The staff don't speak good English at all! They don't even know what the items on the menu are, I had to show the waiting staff AND manager pictures of food on Google images that they had on the menu but they didn't have a clue what it was!? Shocking! And they always try to over charge you and expect tourists not to know the exchange rate as they convert it from rufiyaa to dollars... Shocking service and seating area is dirty and unkept.. Bugs and insects on the plates and possibly in the food aswel... The first visit was pleasant but must have been a one off.. Also after looking into the kitchen, the hygiene is horrendous! Rice is all pretty cooked and the noodles are from INSTANT NOODLE PACKS costing a matter of pence or cents and they charge around $10 for them?! Shocking shocking shocking!

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Jamsheed H, Manager at Olhumathi Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2017

Dear Tom,
Thank you for taking your precious time to leave such a valuable feedback. We are sadden to hear that you had a dissatisfying second visit with us when compared to the lovely feedback from your first visit. On behalf of the management we would like to apologize for the inconvenience.

It is true that some of our staffs doesn't speak good English, but they are professionally well trained to serve our customers. All the items on menu has been serve to many guest over and over again for 2 years. Our staff turnover is 0%, which means these are the same staffs who have been serving customers since we opened and also they are the same staffs who have served during your first visit with us. They all are well aware of the menu items and ingredient details, though we do agree that sometimes it maybe difficult to communicate as some of our staffs doesn't speak proper English.

With regards to overcharge, we do not charge any customers beyond what is written on the menu. Our prices on the menu excludes 10% service charge and 6% GST which will be clearly mentioned on the final bill. The exchange rate of converting a bill to local currency is 1USD = MVR15.42. However, this will be different if you would like to exchange US dollar bill of 1 and 5 as these small denomination we can exchange to 10RF per US$1, this is due to difficulty in rotating US dollar small denomination within our community as mostly rotatable flow rate of denomination is USD10 and above. This is not a standard we have applied, the same procedure is also applied by Bank of Maldives.

Our restaurant is up to the local standard and the hygienic level is checked and approved by the health ministry of Maldives. It is true in a tropical location like Maldives you will confront mosquitoes, flies and such small insects. But we definitely do our utmost best to mitigate these fly's and insects by using necessary imported chemicals. Since, our restaurant doesn't serve in close doors we are unable to completely refrain from such things. However, we will in future, concentrate more of our knowledge to counter this situation to improve our customer satisfaction rate.

It is true that a packet of instant noodles is Rf 5 from a local shop which is $0.32. The food order was a seafood noodles. The seafood noodles served will include all these on the plate (cuttlefish, octopus, shrimps, tuna, vegetable, noodles, omelette and cucumber) all these items would be served and the price we charge for a seafood noodles is $10 and according to our customers the price is reasonable.

In concluding this response, once again we would like to appreciate for leaving such a valuable feedback and we will surely take necessary actions to improve our faculties and services in future.

-Olhumathi Restaurant Management Team-

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Reviewed 17 March 2017

big portions of good food. low prices. it looks col to sit under palms, but the mosquitos are terrible (they are everywhere on the island)

Thank Boris G
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

This restaurant has the best selection of food and drinks on their menu on the island.

The service is also the best I have experienced since arriving in Maldives! :) friendly staff and short waiting times.

To top it off the food was of excellent quality and taste! And good portion sizes/value for money!

I would recommend anyone staying in Ukulhas to come here over any other restaurant.

1  Thank Tom M
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