One&Only Portonovi is bringing the flavours of Istanbul to the coast of Montenegro this summer, with the launch of a new culinary residency. The luxury hotel, which first opened its doors in 2021, has teamed up with the acclaimed Turkish culinary concept Kor Grill and Bar for the 2022 summer season.

Kor, a refined concept curated by Mehmet Gürs and Cihan Çetinkaya that is named after the Turkish word for ‘cinder’, has taken over the kitchen at One&Only’s laidback restaurant La Veranda. Inspired by the traditional Turkish ‘ocakbaşı’, it serves food cooked directly over the embers, as well as a selection of creative cocktails, local wines, and microbrews. The menu spans creative spreads, mezze, flatbreads, salads and grilled meats, with highlights including red wine cured dried beef with grilled dried figs and mint, and chargrilled eggplant with a creamy tahini-citrus dressing.

Kor at One&Only Portonovi
“As a continued relationship with One&Only and Kerzner International, we are very excited to introduce Kor to Montenegro – which provides the perfect backdrop with its pristine and picturesque natural beauty”, says Finnish-Turkish chef and food entrepreneur Gürs. “As always, we strive to source the best ingredients and as much locally as possible. We like the bold flavours of Eastern Anatolia as well as the more delicate and fresh tastes of the Aegean coast.”

Kor at One&Only Portonovi
“It is incredibly exciting to be able to develop the culinary concept for One&Only’s first European resort,” adds One&Only Portonovi’s Executive Chef Chris Mare. “One&Only Portonovi offers an exceptional dining experience, celebrating quality ingredients sourced from the surrounding sea and mountains. Our aim is to reflect the flavours and culture of Montenegro and to focus on beautifully executed, seasonal dishes and I am looking forward to working together with the team from Kor to further build on this philosophy, incorporating a Turkish twist for this summer season.”

Kor will be in residency at One&Only Portonovi through to 15 September.