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February 27, 2014 OTA News No Comments Email Email

UntitledEven though most Fiji tourists picture sunset walks along white, sandy beaches or sunning by the pool, over the years Fiji has also developed a reputation as a prime location for stand-out meals as well.

The various islands in the region play host to a wide variety of restaurants that cover a myriad of international cuisines. Travellers can book airline flights to Fiji and then indulge in top-notch flavours from around the world such as Indian, French and Japanese, as well as quality Fijian fare, fresh seafood and sizzling steaks. If you’re looking for some quality restaurants to try out on your next visit to Fiji, read on for five of the best venues for visitors to this island nation.

Flying Fish Fiji

Situated within the Sheraton Fiji Resort, Flying Fish Fiji is renowned internationally for its picturesque setting and creative, quality menu. The restaurant serves up modern a la carte cuisine from a poolside and beachfront location and first opened its doors in 2008. Based on the seafood excellence and success of Flying Fish Sydney, chef and founder Peter Kuruvita decided to open a second, similar restaurant in one of his favourite holiday destinations, Fiji. The menu at Flying Fish Fiji utilises a wide array of fresh seafood, as well as abundant local produce from the area and flavour inspirations from around the globe. The restaurant provides a fine dining experience, is open daily and is the perfect spot to witness one of Fiji’s magical sunsets while on holiday in the region.

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Saffron Tandoori Restaurant is conveniently located in Jack’s Mall in downtown Nadi and serves up first-class authentic Indian curries and Tandoori-style north Indian cooking. The award-winning restaurant plays relaxing music and features Rajasthan decor and a chilled-out vibe, perfect for laid-back tourists. The wide selection of authentic meals at Saffron are affordable but flavoursome, and one of the establishment’s specialties is Crab Curry. Patrons are welcomed to the restaurant with a complimentary basket of crispy pappadam chips and dipping sauce and well-catered to during their meal with attentive service. Vegetarians will also find plenty to indulge in at this establishment.

Steakhouse by Peter Kuruvita

Another fine dining establishment created by Aussie chef Peter Kuruvita, Steakhouse is located in the five-star Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa and opened in January 2013. Bringing the beef to Fiji, Steakhouse by Peter Kuruvita specializes in the most delicious steaks served on the island and utilises fresh produce from the region wherever possible as well. The decor of the luxurious restaurant has been designed to reflect the Fijian culture and showcases the relaxed ambience of the South Pacific. Like Flying Fish Fiji, this restaurant is located in a stunning setting right on the beachfront and provides diners with amazing views.

Tokoriki Oishii Teppanyaki

If you’re having a craving for an authentic Japanese Teppanyaki dining experience on your next trip to Fiji then be sure to book a Untitled2table at the intimate, oceanfront Tokoriki Oishii Teppanyaki restaurant. The only establishment of its kind in Fiji, the restaurant is located in the Tokoriki Island Restaurant in the Mamamuca Islands. Only four oceanfront tables are available at Oishii so diners need to book well in advance — the extra effort will be well worth it though, as patrons can enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the traditional Fijian bure, watch the Chef chop and cook up a storm, listen to the waves and eat at a candlelit table under the stars.

Nadina Authentic Fijian Restaurant

Located at the Port Denarau Marina on Denarau Island, Viti Levu, the Nadina Authentic Fijian Restaurant is the perfect place to eat if you’re looking for a dining experience true to the Fijian culture. The restaurant provides diners with a beautiful view and serves up only authentic, traditional Fijian food. Nadina has an extensive menu and is a great spot to try out some of the more traditional local culinary styles as well as join an informal kava ceremony. The atmosphere is friendly and fun (the restaurant is known for its accommodating service) and patrons can enjoy listening to live music as well as a traditional farewell song on departure on many nights of the year.

Sunset image by Camelia TWU on Flickr’s Creative Commons. 

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