French Polynesia (Tahiti, Moorea & Bora Bora)
Posted 31 May 2010 - 06:26 AM
Posted 31 May 2010 - 12:36 PM
Everyone will tell you to go to Bloody Mary's. It's a spot that mostly caters to tourists. You go in, pick out your fish and they cook it how you like. The floor is also all sand. It's fine, but nothing special.
Other than that we just ate at our hotel. There was a sushi bar there that was pretty good and Jean-Georges Vongerichten runs the upscale restaurant there. The setting was a little bit better than the food, but if you can go I would recommend it.
Here's a post I did on Bora Bora on another board, click
Hope that helps. Bora Bora is a wonderful place...have a great trip!
Server (a friend of mine): Would you like some white truffle shaved over your main course?
Woman at table : Oh, no thank you. I'm allergic to shellfish.
Posted 02 June 2010 - 05:13 PM
I remember one time on an outer island we travelled around the island in a jeep stopping at fruit trees. When we had a good load of fruit, limes, coconuts, and breadfruit, we got on a boat and the island guys dove in and speared fish. When we got to our (uninhabited) destination, the guys dug oysters out of the sand and cooked everything over an open fire. That's the best meal we ever had in French Polynesia.
You'll have a wonderful time no matter what the food is like.
Posted 03 June 2010 - 09:43 AM
I’ve been on a couple of trips to French Polynesia in the past 10 years (the last one about 5 or 6 years ago).
My favorite restaurant was Coco’s near Papeete (no relationship to the US chain restaurant). First class French cuisine with local ingredients, beautiful setting near the water with a view of Moorea. Go before sunset, have drink in the garden, then have dinner in the cabana. I still remember the geckos perched on the roof of the cabana and serenading us the whole time. We selected the chef’s tasting menu and had a fantastic meal which included sea urchin ravioli, ecrevisses (crayfish) with vanilla sauce, squab, and many other delicacies. It was not cheap so may not fit your “won’t break the bank” criteria, but it was really truly memorable.
In Papeete we also liked “Les 3 brasseurs”. There is nothing Tahitian about this place but it has beer that is brewed on the premises and delicious flammenkuche, the flatbread-type pizza that is typical of Alsace. The typical topping is crème fraiche, bacon and onion. We found it quite funny to be having Alsatian food in Tahiti. Price-wise it’s very reasonable and convenient as it’s located on one of the main streets in Papeete, facing the water.
In general, we’ve had good meals in French Polynesia when we ordered anything simple/typical based on local ingredients – we had grilled fish or poisson cru (raw fish from the lagoon marinated in lime juice and coconut) most days, and it was always great.
Other food-related highlights for us included visiting a vanilla plantation (and bringing home the freshest, most pungent beans I had ever seen), trying a pineapple drink that was naturally fermented at a juice factory in Moorea, eating the local fruit jams at breakfast, and spending time at the farmer's market in Papeete.
Posted 04 June 2010 - 01:38 AM
Other than that, I hesitate with recommendations because it's almost ten years ago. The place on Moorea where you can swim with the dolphins served an excellent lunch of grilled mahi-mahi. Papeete is like a provincial town in France. There are a number of good bistro-level places - I remember a pizzeria and a good second-floor Chinese restaurant. Good bread is everywhere.