We rented a car for two days. We basically drove around the entire island of Tahiti including driving as far as we could go on the west side and east side of Tahiti-iti. We stumbled upon this restaurant on the west side of Tahiti-iti. There is only 1 main road to travel on. We come to a beautiful natural lagoon with many of the locals sitting in the water. A bus with musicians singing away was parked on the side of the road. Then we saw this restaurant and thought we should have lunch here. It was 1 o'clock and they had no room. The waitress asked if we would like to make a reservation for 2 o'clock? We looked at each other and thought perhaps we could find another place until another patron said we should make the reservation, it was worth the wait. So, we did. We returned at 2pm and ordered our food. Harald had the tuna tartar (poisson cru). I ordered a phenomenal fish and shrimp dish steamed in a banana leaf with garlic and parsley. OMG, the fish was cooked perfectly. Even a little underdone but that was perfect as it was moist and tender! We had some white wine by the glass. Open air restaurant with sand on the floor, the ambience was the epitome of a tropical oasis. We really enjoyed dining here. I would say we spent about US$80 for the two of us for lunch. It was definitely worth it!
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- Food and Dining
Our last night in Tahiti was dining at this restaurant. A great conclusion of our trip! The food was outstanding to say the least. The dining areas include two over the water bungalow type rooms. The water below is lit up and fish are attracted to the light making for a wonderful visual scene while dining. We saw 3 sharks, two were about 4 feet long and one about 3 feet long. That was amazing!
We were treated to two amuse-bouche before our appetizers came out. First was a bite of crab mouse topped with fish ceviche. The second was a fruit soup (sweet) topped with a savory foam. I ordered the foie gras appetizer (since we can't get foie gras in California anymore). Harald ordered the tuna tartar appetizer. Both were outstanding and plentiful. We had ordered a bottle of French red wine for dinner and opted for the meat dishes instead of the fish. So, Harald ordered the veal filet and I ordered the filet mignon with bone marrow. Everything was quite tasty. This meal cost about US$275.00. I would say we could have this same meal back at home sans the ambience for about US$180.00. All in all, it was a wonderful experience and I would dine here again if I had the chance!
Address: Intercontinental Hotel in Faa'a
Directions: South of the airport
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
The Intercontinental Hotel in Tahiti has two restaurants. The upscale 3 Michelin star restaurant, Le Lotus, and Tiare Restaurant that serves all the meals throughout the day at the hotel. Breakfast has 3 price points. Full access to breakfast buffet including hot foods costs about US$43.00 per person. Then the breakfast buffet with access to all "cold foods" costs about US$30.00 per person. Then they have a limited Continental breakfast for about US$20.00 per person. It's all very expensive. On the other hand, there is no where nearby to go have breakfast at. We did have one breakfast at this restaurant and we had one dinner. It was all good but quite expensive.
Address: Intercontinental Hotel in Faa'a
- Food and Dining
This was a healthy lunch truck promoting more of their vegetarian items on the menu. We had a "Club" sandwich. Well, it was nothing like an American Club sandwich. On a multi-grain sandwich bread, it was more like a vegetarian sandwich with a meat spread (pate). It was tasty! Located at the beach.
Directions: Located at mile marker 39 on the southern end of Tahiti Nui.
- Budget Travel
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)!
Directions: Downtown Papeete, no visible street signs were present.
Phone: 41 08 88
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";-)
Directions: Papeete - Along Boulevard Pomare, close to Place Vaiete
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.
Directions: In Papeete - at the southwest corner of Centre Vaima, opposite the Cathedral
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
Address: Place Vaiete - Papeete
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
Directions: you have to take a shuttle from your hotel..you are not allowed to drive ,they have their own drivers ,as it is a one way road..so it has to be done by radio contact.Add to your Trip Planner
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.
Address: Along the waterfront esplanade near the ferry dock
Directions: Downtown Papeete near the ferry.
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!
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!
Address: Down town - Rue des écoles
Directions: Bar, cyber cafe, disco. Open every day from 8 am to 3am during the week and 4am on Friday and Saturday night
Phone: (689) 50 02 40
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!
Address: Next to Ferry Docks
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!
Address: Harbour area near Moorea ferryRelated to:
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- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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!