Five Places to Eat Well in Suva
Like the population of Suva, the city’s restaurants also reflect our diversity of culture and cuisine, with lots of new influences thrown in for tasty good measure. Here are a few that are well worth a visit and most of them are in places where locals can find parking places.
1. CAFE NOIR
A pleasant and attentive service staff give a cheerful greeting to customers while they ponder what they fancy from the overhead blackboard menu. Decisions! The spicy tuna melt panini is something a little different from what others around Suva serve. Crunchy toasted bread on the outside wraps chunky tuna pieces, melted cheese, coriander and a mild chilli heat. On a hot and humid day it tastes best paired with a refreshingly chilly iced tea.
2. PARADISO RISTORANTE
This restaurant has an Italian menu in a spacious tennis-themed building that was once the tennis club on the Gladstone Road end of Albert Park. Accessible from Cakobau Road, it has a delightful view across the park to the grand old Grand Pacific Hotel. An entree of deliciously crisp calamari rings comes straight from the chef’s hand to your plate. Pair it with sips of coconut water and watermelon juice. Handmade linguini pasta topped with chilli prawns to follow is so tasty there is a danger of not being able to eat a dessert, which can be selected from a variety of cakes on delicious display.
3. THE MAD HATTER
If you have children in tow, this is the place to go. Warmly childfriendly, the little coffee café has colourful wall art, a children’s corner with a few toys and a rack of children’s clothing on sale. Tables are quickly filled at lunch hour, so something like a flavoursome steak and cheese pie with very edible flaky pastry and salad accompaniment is a smart choice. The ‘coboi’ lemongrass drink has a flavour that is amazingly thirst quenching.
4. JEE’S HAND PULLED NOODLE CAFE
Every lunch time since it opened this quaint little city cafe it is full-on busy. Its specialty is hand pulled noodles, and when served in a fragrant beef soup base it is a customer winner. The large, hearty bowl can be shared between two people – provided they agree on just how much of a dash of the chilli oil is best to enhance the flavours. A selection of dumplings to choose from is also available.
5. THE GALLEY
Located within the Royal Suva Yacht Club, scrumptious burgers with French fries or the chef’s special from the board are only improved by the pleasant nautical environment. Fresh kumquat juice or sweet coconut water go well with the selections on the menu. Or a jug of Fiji Gold beer from the yacht club bar may go even better.
Café Noir, 158 Victoria Parade, Suva Paradiso Ristorante, Cakobau Road, Albert Park The Mad Hatter, on Disraeli Rd at the corner of Knolly and Holland streets Jee’s Hand Pulled Noodle Café, Marks Street, Suva The Galley, Royal Suva Yacht Club, Foster Road, Suva
Jee’s Hand Pulled Noodle Cafe