The Tahitian/French fusion plates up a unique dining experience. Tropical ingredients prepared with French savoir faire create a true gastronomic adventure that is both flavoursome and apposite to the south Pacific. Tell the waiter what you fancy and trust them to bring something special.
Top Three Must Eats
Literally ‘raw fish’, there are hundreds of recipes and traditional preparations. As the fish here generally has a light flavour, the styles can be – and are – very flavourful. Tahitian, Chinese, Javanese and mama’s own are just some of the options you will find almost everywhere.
Ahi Ma’a (ma’a Tahiti)
Traditional cooking using an oven in the ground, the French Polynesian version of the New Zealand Maori hangi. Think breadfruit, cassava (kasaba), octopus, clams, fish and pork, all wrapped in leaves and enhanced with spices, seasonings and sauces.
Often cooked in the above Ahi Ma’a pit barbecue style, this customary chicken dish comes with Tahitian spinach, coconut cream, garlic, onion and spices and is a local staple. Not to missed if the opportunity presents.
Top Seven Places To Eat
Run by a brother and sister duo and a Michelin-star trained chef, this is an extraordinary fine-dining take on French Polynesian cuisine. Aperitifs on the lawn overlooking the ocean, degustation delight and la sphere du choc for dessert.
Every evening by the wharf overlooking the sea, trucks and vans come rolling into town bringing a wide range of traditional, Asian and European dining options and a genial casual ambience. Relatively cheap and delicious, this is a great end to a day of touring and shopping.
Le Lotus Restaurant, InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa
A stunning overwater creative gourmet French/Tahitian melange restaurant with views over to Moorea (during the day) and an excellent French wine list. Elegant and intimate silver service. Reservations recommended. Tres bien!
K Restaurant, Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
A menu full of clever ideas giving local produce a modern international twist. Dine under a kahaia wood high ceiling on a sandy floor and enjoy a Polynesian dance show. Barefoot fine dining par excellence.
Overlooking Oponohu Bay, this little hut knocks out sensational casse-croutes (half baguettes) filled with pretty much whatever you want. Chow mein and ham and cheese are local favourites. A great energy hit before or after the trek to Belvedere lookout.
Renowned for its visual menu and signature cocktails. Choose your freshly caught seafood from the ice palette on display and have it cooked to order. Popular with the visiting Hollywood set. Steak, chicken and vegetarian options are also available.
LAGOON by Jean-Georges, St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
Among a selection of noted eateries at the St Regis, this awarded signature restaurant is run by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and is famous for its tasting menu, seafood and wagyu steak.