Din­ing guide

Island Life - - Contents -

Ev­ery is­sue we in­tro­duce you to the is­lands’ culi­nary scene.

Van­u­atu may be a small speck of land in the mid­dle of the Pa­cific Ocean but as far as din­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties go, these is­lands of­fer as much as any world cap­i­tal. From Thai to French, In­dian to Ital­ian or Ja­panese, Van­u­atu has it all.

Efate Is­land

Aquana Beach Re­sort, Eratap, Efate. Lo­cated on the way to Teouma, Aquana is a great place to go and spend the day with or with­out chil­dren and try the res­tau­rant which is caus­ing a sen­sa­tion due to the qual­ity of its food. Sun-loungers, swimming pool, beach and theme nights. Open 7 days a week for lunch and din­ner. Upon book­ing, ask about their free pick up and drop off ser­vice. Ph: 5900401. Au Fare, Port Vila, Efate. Lo­cated op­po­site Tana Rus­set Plaza, right on the bay. En­joy some de­li­cious French/trop­i­cal fu­sion cui­sine and pick your fresh lob­ster straight from the tank! Beau­ti­ful views of the har­bour, daily lunch and din­ner spe­cials and on Satur­day night pop in for some great live mu­sic and spec­tac­u­lar fire show! Ph: 25580. Ben­jor Beach Re­sort, Mele Bay, Efate. Dine on the lovely deck over­look­ing Mele Bay or next to the river. Sam­ple the sig­na­ture Cho­co­late Souf­flé or Ben­jor’s fa­mous Kick-ass Curry and their home­made pasta and home­grown veg­eta­bles. Bring the kids for the day and have a lazy lunch; in­dulge in a fab­u­lous cock­tail or come for a ro­man­tic din­ner. Open 7 days a week for break­fast, lunch and din­ner. Only 15 min­utes from town. Book­ings rec­om­mended. Ph: 26078. Cafe Vila, Pango, Efate. Lo­cated on Nasama Re­sort, Café Vila has a set­ting to suit ev­ery mood. Sip a Cap­puc­cino or a cold beer at the Café Ter­race, dine in com­fort in the main res­tau­rant, re­lax in the Gar­den Ter­race or en­joy a drink at the bar. The fab­u­lous brunch is al­ready a sen­sa­tion and the menu in­cor­po­rates the best of Van­u­atu’s fresh and or­ganic pro­duce. Open 7 days from 7am - 9.00pm for break­fast, brunch, lunch and din­ner. Ph: 7728028 or 28009. Cafe du Vil­lage, Port Vila, Efate. Lovely Café du Vil­lage ranks high on the ro­man­tic scale. With a Mediter­ranean feel and fan­tas­tic views over the har­bour, the newly opened res­tau­rant is al­ready a favourite. The menu has an in­ter­na­tional flavour with dishes as en­tic­ing as ‘North African spiced chicken skew­ers with cous­cous salad and mint yo­ghurt’, or ‘Prawn, tomato and chorizo fet­tucini’. Open seven days from 9am to 10pm for cof­fees, cakes, muffins, lunch and din­ner. Ph: 27789. Coco Beach, Pango, Efate. Lo­cated on the beau­ti­ful Pango Penin­sula the lovely open-air res­tau­rant is right on the wa­ter’s edge and the menu show­cases the best of Mediter­ranean cui­sine with dishes such as beef carpac­cio, tuna sashimi, lob­ster tail salad and roasted pork belly. Crys­tal-clear calm wa­ters, kayaks, snorkelling gear and stand up pad­dle­boards avail­able. Ph: 22022. Eratap Re­sort, Eratap, Efate. Fine din­ing in a lo­ca­tion drip­ping with style and el­e­gance. Dine right on the beach or re­lax in the sunset lounge, cock­tail in hand. The res­tau­rant of­fers an ex­ten­sive menu with daily spe­cials and a su­perb, well-priced wine list. The Eratap Seafood An­tipasto is a must! Open from 11.00am. Chil­dren aged over six are welcome dur­ing school hol­i­days. Ph: 5545007 or 5535008.

Francesca’s, Ha­van­nah Har­bour, Efate. Lo­cated in Ha­van­nah Har­bour, this fab­u­lous res­tau­rant has pri­vate mas­sage booths, el­e­gant ta­bles, din­ner­ware made of pol­ished co­conut wood and stun­ning views over the bay. The menu show­cases the best of Ital­ian cui­sine with some­thing for ev­ery mood; Ital­ian home-made pasta, fab­u­lous grills, au­then­tic Ital­ian pizza and fan­tas­tic desserts. Come and spend day, en­joy a very ro­man­tic din­ner or to share a great time with good friends. Open Wed-sun, 11am on­wards. Ph: 7719898. The Ha­van­nah Re­sort and Res­tau­rant, Ha­van­nah Har­bour, Efate. Lo­cated in stun­ning Ha­van­nah Har­bour, this adults-only award win­ning re­sort and res­tau­rant is pure class. Open to the public for lunch and din­ner of­fer­ing gourmet din­ing in out­stand­ing set­tings. Try the Roasted Duck Cre­ole with Spicy Rice or the Home-made Can­nel­loni with Is­land Spinach and Cot­tage Cheese. Book­ings are rec­om­mended. Ph: 5518060. Kan­pai, Port Vila, Efate. Lo­cated on Wharf Road and with mag­nif­i­cent views of the bay be­low, Kan­pai of­fers au­then­tic Ja­panese food that is ab­so­lutely de­li­cious. En­joy the views and the cool­ing breeze and try the great sushi, tasty giosas or freshly-caught tuna sashimi. Open Mon­day to Satur­day. 11.30am to 1.30pm and 5.30pm to 9pm. Ph: 26687. L’houstalet, Port Vila, Efate. L’houstalet is an in­sti­tu­tion. Owner Cle­ment Martinez’s culi­nary knowl­edge en­sures de­li­cious and au­then­tic French cui­sine. Try the Lob­ster Ther­mi­dor, Filet Ro­que­fort, the Fly­ing Fox or fa­mous French Onion Soup. Lo­cated in Nam­batu area op­po­site Au Bon Marche Nam­batu. Open 7 nights a week from 6.009.00pm. Ph: 22303 Mob: 5522303. La­goon Bar and Grill, Trop­i­cana La­goon Apart­ments, Port Vila, Efate. Right on the wa­ter’s edge of the sec­ond La­goon, beau­ti­ful, ro­man­tic and very rea­son­ably priced, the dishes are light with a del­i­cate blend of flavours. Try the Apri­cot Chicken or the Seafood Crepes; hard to beat. Open seven days a week from 7.30am to 9.30pm. Ph: 22202. Spice In­dian Res­tau­rant, Port Vila, Efate. Spice of­fers au­then­tic In­dian cui­sine and all dishes are freshly pre­pared by the In­dian Head Chef. Try the new de­li­cious spe­cial­i­ties in­clud­ing co­rian­der chicken, the must-try Cho­co­late Burfi dessert and the re­fresh­ing Lassi drinks made with their own home­made yogurt and fresh sea­sonal fruits. Open for lunch 11.00 - 2.00pm Mon­day to Fri­day and for din­ner 6.00 - 9.00pm Satur­day to Thurs­day. Full A La Carte and Take-out menus avail­able. Now also open Sun­day night. Ph: 24406. Shiki Tep­pa­nyaki, Sushi & Bar. Port Vila, Efate. Dis­cover the tech­niques of Tep­pa­nyaki cui­sine and en­joy the de­light­ful flavours of Sushi. Lo­cated at beau­ti­ful Starfish Cove, with mag­nif­i­cent views over the sec­ond la­goon . Open daily for lunch and din­ner. Ph: 25806. Stone Grill @ The Con­quis­ta­dors, Pango Road, Efate. Of­fer­ing the hottest con­cept in din­ing, a unique ex­pe­ri­ence where meals are cooked at your ta­ble on nat­u­ral vol­canic stones heated to 400C. The best way to en­joy Van­u­atu’s high qual­ity or­ganic steak and seafood! En­closed in a lovely Mediter­ranean style court­yard, sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful gar­dens and with stun­ning views of the bay and ocean be­yond. Open 7 days. Ph: 5464506. The Sum­mit Res­tau­rant, Mele Bay, Efate. Lo­cated in the hills of Mele Bay, The Sum­mit Cafe of­fers stun­ning views 200 me­tres above Mele Bay and ab­so­lutely de­li­cious fare. Feel cozy as you re­lax on the ve­randa of the lovely stone house and sam­ple some very tasty meals. The wood-fired piz­zas and home-made pies are to die for! The Sum­mit Cafe is open 9am to 4pm ev­ery day. Ph: 5349450 or 5469296. La Ten­ta­tion, Port Vila, Efate. Great cof­fee, great food and great views. La Ten­ta­tion is the place for a cof­fee stop, quick smoked salmon bagel or a full three course a la carte din­ner. Try the Beef Carpac­cio or Herb Stuffed Pork Fil­let. Lo­cated next to BRED Bank, on the wa­ter­front. Open 7 days for break­fast, lunch and din­ner. Ph: 29661. War Horse Saloon, Port Vila, Efate. Lo­cated on Wharf Road, this Texas- style res­tau­rant and bar has it all. Their ribs are leg­endary and smoked for five hours be­fore be­ing cooked over the wood grill. De­li­cious burgers, au­then­tic Mex­i­can food, happy hour ev­ery Mon­day to Fri­day from 4.30 to 6.30pm and more! Ph 26670.


Deco Stop Lodge, Lu­ganville, Santo. Lo­cated high up on the hill in Lu­ganville town, Deco Stop Lodge of­fers de­li­cious food, daily spe­cials, beau­ti­ful views of the har­bour and a re­fresh­ing cool breeze. Try the de­li­cious Thai Fish Cakes or Lob­ster Mor­nay. Happy Hour ev­ery Fri­day night from 5 till 7pm. Open 7 days a week for break­fast, lunch and din­ner. Ph: 36175. Velit Bay Plan­ta­tion, East Coast, Santo. Lo­cated on a beau­ti­ful bay, Velit Bay Plan­ta­tion Beach Bar and Res­tau­rant of­fers a sim­ple and well-priced menu that in­cludes freshly caught fish, Filipino dishes such as Beef Sisig, Gar­lic Prawns, Cas­sava Cake and ab­so­lutely de­li­cious burgers. Open 7 days for lunch. Ph: 5900151.

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