There was a time when Fiji’s food scene didn’t rate with travellers. Today it has had a much-needed makeover. If you’re staying in and around Nadi or Suva, there are plenty of terrific dining options. In the outer islands, you are restricted to meals served at the resort you’re staying at, unless there are other hotels or restaurants nearby (or you have access to a boat).
Be sure and try Fijian specialties such as the tangy Kokoda (fish marinated in lemon or lime juice and coconut cream) and a traditional lovo cooked in the ground. A lovo is basically an underground barbecue, whereby an entire feast of meat, fish and vegetables is cooked over hot rocks buried in the earth. It’s a cultural foodie experience.
Tuck into a fiery laksa and Singapore noodles at Mavau, the Pan Asian restaurant at the Fiji Resort and Spa by Hilton, while Fijian warriors in grass skirts ignite torches to the beat of drums. Order a Midori Illusion from the Latitude 17 Cocktail Bar at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa and revel in the tropical vibe.
Our top picks
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa, Natadola Bay
A romantic cabana dinner at the resort’s signature Navo restaurant, where the beach meets the lagoon is a superlative Pacific experience. The menu is a celebration of fresh, local seafood, served with a tropical twist. Dine on mud crab dim sum and lobster kokoda as you sip on a decadent papaya martini under the stars.
Flying Fish Fiji
Sheraton Fiji Resort, Denarau Island
The Pacific outpost of celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita’s famed Pyrmont restaurant is one of the best places on the island to try local seafood. Book a beach table, and tuck into seared yellow fin tuna with sweet crackling port and ruby grapefruit or lightly seasoned school prawns tickled with salt, pepper and paprika, with your toes in the sand. The Sri Lankan chef has also opened another Flying Fish at the Sheraton Resort and Spa, Tokoriki.
Eat like a local
Sofitel Resort and Spa
Don’t miss the Sofitel’s Resort and Spa’s renowned lovo nights where you can experience traditional Fijian dancing and indulge in a delicious feast of meat, seafood and vegetables prepared and cooked the Fijian way. Fire dancing on the beach, traditionally prepared dishes, and kava drinking are all part of the experience.
Port Denarau Marina, Denarau Island
Nadina serves authentic traditional Fijian food with a beautiful view overlooking the bobbing boats of Denarau Marina. Big portions of traditionally prepared iTaukei (Fijian) cuisine are served, packed with flavour. Be sure and try the seafood Kovu served in a banana leaf.
46-50 Knolly Street, Suva
Revisit the old world charm of the South Pacific at the former residence of a Fijian high chief. Inside the restored colonial estate are white vaulted ceilings, framed vintage photos and posters of movies filmed in Fiji, while old copies of the Fijian Times serve as placements. Try Fiji’s signature dish, kokoda, stuffed crab back and enjoy a cool cocktail on the shady verandah. After lunch browse the rustic furniture and chic fashion boutique that is part of this upmarket concept store.