What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about Fiji?
The beaches? “Bula”? Hammocks?
For me Fiji means something completely different, since I was born there.
Read on to find out about what Fiji has to offer food wise away from the resorts.
Sure Fiji has beaches. And happy hour, and cocktails. And every single resort you got to will have a kava ceremony of sorts.
Being born in Fiji, I saw something totally different. I didn’t visit a resort til I was about 18 and when I did I found it pretty…standard. It is disappointing to see that the REAL Fiji isn’t promoted very heavily. All that is promoted is resorts and beaches.
At one point, nearly 50% of Fiji’s population was Fiji-Indians. This has declined quite rapidly by mass migration to other countries due to the political situation over the past 30 years or so, however Fiji Indian still make up a large portion of the population.
Something that is found in most major town centers in Fiji is the Indo-Fiji curry hut style restaurants. Fiji-Indian curry is different to the curry from the major sub-continent mostly because they aren’t commonly cream/yogurt based and is cut in a way where the meat is still on the bone.
On my recent visit I visited Tata’s Restaurant in Nadi 3 times!
Nothing fancy. It’s more of a casual dhaba style place with locals always dropping in for a bite on their breaks.
I have to say I had a bit of a giggle at the menu. Spot the uncivilized chicken? Well basically they mean free-range chicken or in Hindi we would have said jungli chicken. It is considered a delicacy among Fiji-Indians and you would usually only eat one during special occasions or if you have visitors at your place.
I also ate nakkai curry (mussels), chop suey as well as the chicken and lamb curries.
From previous trips I knew the food at most resorts are overpriced and pretty standard. Plus it was just lovely to eat home-style cooked food.
Other places I would recommend eating at include Daikoku in Nadi for Japanese/Teppanyaki food – a nice change from curries and resort food.
Port Denarau also has options like Lulus Bar and the Hard Rock Cafe but this of course comes at inflated tourist prices associated with the 5 star resorts in the Denarau Island precinct.
Other things you will see as you drive around Fiji through small villages, will be road side stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables as well as snacks like hot boiled corn and my favourite – roasted peanuts.
When you travel where do you like to eat? Do you stick to the food a the hotels or do you like trying out places where the locals like eating as well?