Saveurs des iles: One Savory Restaurant
I have never been one to choose hotel food over a good local restaurant, so Sarah and I decided to venture into town from the Sheraton Tahiti. We were told there were several restaurants close, but ended up walking a couple miles to the downtown area of Papeete. We found a lovely little French restaurant here and decided to pop in. Saveurs had a pretty limited menu of chicken of fish, but had some delicious sounding choices, I went with the Poulet de Arachides (which the owner said was peanut chicken). When it came out it was actually cashews... but delicious all the less. Sarah had the lemon chicken, which may have a little curry added to it. Also great! I would highly recommend you also try the spicy relish that comes with the french bread... I could not get enough... but it is a little hot for the average eater and Sarah did not care for it.
For dessert, save room for the Moelleux au Chocolat. It was great... the best Moelleux I have had (amazingly, it was also the first)!
Café Le Rétro
We had an islands salad each (with crab, shrimps, apple, pineapple) and half a pitcher of white wine for 4000 CFP.
This restaurant is one of the oldest on the Waterfront boardwalk.
Probably not the best value but nice « Old Parisian café » atmosphere…if you feel nostalgic of the "Métropole";-)
Kiosklike building where we had a fresh apple-orange-carrot juice, which was perfectly refreshing, and a delicious ice-cream.
They do serve small meals on the covered dining terrace and an air-conditioned dining room upstairs.
You can also have your ice-cream or milkshake at the sidewalk counter, if you don’t wish to sit down.
We enjoyed this agreable break to our visit of downtown Papeete.
Les Roulottes : colorful food-vans
Life on Tahiti is very expensive. If you want to eat cheap, try to find some snack-bar along the road, but avoid restaurants.
In Papeete, Place Vaiete turns into a real gathering place for "food vans" at night. A very pleasant atmosphere with music and outdoor tables set around the little vans selling all kinds of cheap international food. Tahitian fish and Chao men were our favourites.
A place you will enjoy, real meeting point for the local population next to the Waterfront Promenade.
A few steps away local bands and singers come to play music at the kiosk, adding some local touch to this already convivial atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: At the van "Chez Marie", we had a Grilled Mahi mahi and a meka (swordfish), both coming with spaghettis and barbecue sauce + 2 cokes and a big bottle of water : +/- 3400 CFP
The next day, we had 2 chao men + 2 cokes : +/- 2600 CFP
Belvederes: awesome fondue
horrific ride to the top of the mountain where it is located but well worth the scary ride..alot of years ago ..may not even be there now..
Favorite Dish: fondue..it's just yummy..i could have survived on bread alone in tahiti
La Roulotte: Don't miss the trucks by the docks.
Many choices are available at these food trucks. You can get chinese, pizza, crepes,steak, french fries etc...
Favorite Dish: I had an excellant steak at one of the Roulottes with a really good cheese sauce. The pizza was also pretty good but could've used some more sauce.
Te Honu Iti: Te Honu Iti
Everyone raves about this restaurant but I didn't think it was that fantastic. It might've been the night that we went or what we ordered but we thought it was pretty average.
The restaurant picks up but there is a sign in the vehicle that says "tips are expected" - we weren't told that before hand & didn't have any money on us! But then again we were told & read that tipping goes against local custom!
Mana Rock Cafe: Surf in, grab a drink, and write tips!
After what seemed like a huge journey, and after a couple stops to tend to Sarah's poor blistered foot, we finally arrived at the Mana Rock Cafe, desperately in search of internet access to send our parents notes letting them know thier babies were alright! While there we got to experience Hinano and also water! Boy were we thirsty. Anyway, I can not comment much on the taste of the food, as we had just eaten elsewhere, but the drinks were cold, and the internet access was great!
Moana Cafe: Grab a drink while you wait for the Ferry
There is a nice little cafe that is open air right next to the ferry docks, so if you are not blessed with perfect timing to get directly on the ship, stop in and enjoy a soda, or more importantly... a scoop of ice cream! They also had sandwiches and small baked goods!
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed a scoop of pistachio ice cream while we waited!
Many street vendors: Market sellers by the port
Very close to the Moorea Ferry port is a little harbour area where you get quite a few street sellers all congregated together. They range from selling Chinese type food to French style crepes (pancakes with either sweet or savoury fillings).
It is much cheaper to buy and eat here (most have picnic style tables and chairs) where you can sit and eat your food. I can certainly recommend the crepes - they were excellent!
Favorite Dish: The crepes - especially the sweet ones!
- Water Sports
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Belveder Restaurant: A meal with a view
We are picked up by the restaurant's own 4WD, and the road is incredibly steep and winding. At one stage we are driving on the crest of the mountain with a steep drop either side of the single track road. Higher and higher and higher we go. I can see why the restaurant provides free transport - they wouldn't get any passing trade!
The vire is quite incredible! Sitting on the balcony with the French doors wide open, eating Fondue while the setting sun is painting the clouds in beautiful shades of pink and the lights below in the city of Papeete twinkle in the dusk. Again, when we got here the valley was shrouded in mist, which has cleared in time for the sun to go down behind the mountain.
We all enjoy the Fondue with all the different sauces, salads and French fries, and as much wine as you can drink. And we do. Stupid me forgot the voucher. They are very trusting: just give it to the driver when he drops you off!
Hyatt Regency Tahitian Dance Night: Boring selection
Dinner is a buffet, with a choice of roast beef, lamb or pork with mixed vegetables and beans, rice or potatoes. Not a lot of choice really but it is quite nice all the same. I suppose the focus tonight is on the dancing, not the food.
Captain Bligh Restaurant: Right on the lagoon
Situated right on the lagoon in the "Lagoonarium" this South Seas reataurant provides a memorable experience.
Polynesian song and dance is featured every Friday and Saturday night.
Closed Sunday evening and Monday.
Le Lotus Restaurant: Absolutely Divine!
This overwater restaurant is elegant with an intimate atmosphere. The service is execellent and the kitchen is open so you can watch as the chef prepares your food.
Favorite Dish: We enjoyed the most delicious and romantic meal here, including a lobster bisque, a fabulous tuna paté and filet mignon.
Snack Resto-Bar "Chez Myriam"
We had 2 Maa Tinito (see picture for explanation ;-) )+ 2 draft beers...the local Hinano of course !
We were quite satisfied with the food, but the bathrooms were a bit flooded at the time...