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.
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.