Farm­house Fare, Zhe­jiang

Wine & Dine - - TRAVELLER -

A stay at Alila Anji is very much about ap­pre­ci­at­ing na­ture. This ecolux­ury re­sort is lo­cated in rel­a­tively undis­cov­ered Anji, China’s na­tional eco­log­i­cal county in Zhe­jiang prov­ince, sur­rounded by lush tea plan­ta­tions and vast bam­boo forests, in­clud­ing Anji Grand Na­tional Bam­boo For­est where Os­car-win­ning movie Crouch­ing Tiger, Hid­den Dragon was filmed. Here, en­joy stargaz­ing with a glass of bubbly in a tent, with a bon­fire set just for you; or take a boat across Tian Fu lake to ex­plore the bam­boo forests and plan­ta­tions of its fa­mous white tea.

Within the re­sort it­self, Alila Anji has opened its lat­est restau­rant Am­ber, where guests can soak in the lo­cal farm­house ex­pe­ri­ence at its purest. Am­ber oc­cu­pies an aban­doned farm­house by the ho­tel’s lake­side, which has been re­fur­bished us­ing sal­vaged ma­te­ri­als and in­cor­po­rat­ing lo­cal crafts­man­ship and tech­niques. Ev­ery week­end, chefs at Am­ber serve up farm-to-ta­ble fare, with a fo­cus on Asian flavours and open-fire cook­ing, such as dry smok­ing, grilling and smoth­er­ing. In­gre­di­ents such as cu­cum­bers, toma­toes and herbs like basil and Sichuan pep­per come from the ho­tel’s three or­ganic gar­dens. alila­ho­

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