Five Places to Eat Well in Suva

mailife - - Content - By JEN YIP

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

The Gal­ley

The Gal­ley

Jee’s Hand Pulled Noo­dle Cafe

Par­adiso Riso­rante

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