So much food so little time, infact there are 30 plus places to eat dinner in Rarotonga and we went out 10 times so that’s a lot of places we didn’t get to, but here are three of the best we did:
Sails Restaurant, Muri – lagoon side dining
You can sit on the deck at Sails Restaurant and look out over Muri Lagoon while deciding what to order from the menu which is a mix of small and large plates, meat and seafood dishes. The Rau Rau Platter ($30) caught my eye as it was a chance to try a selection of local food on one plate – ika mata, banana poke, pacific potato salad, island fries, smoked marlin, curry paw paw and pork chop sui. The platter is made for sharing but it was my entree, main and dessert – a three course dinner eaten and enjoyed.
Vaima Polynesian Bar & Restaurant, Vaimaanga – sand between your toes dining
The staff at Vaima Restaurant were keen to convert us from drinkers to diners and their persistence paid off for us all. We took one of the last tables on the sand and Mike was served his favourite meal of the trip – slow roast pork belly with root vegetables, apple sauce, gravy and potatoes ($29).
Flambe Restaurant at Crown Beach Resort, Arorangi – *fire side dining
On *Friday nights it’s not just the crepe suzette that lights up at Flambe Restaurant, there is a fire show as well. It was the entree of goat and gruyere cheese profiteroles ($16) that stole the show for us, followed by the venison ($34) with truffle mash, green beans, beetroot relish and plum brandy jus. The only disappointment was the lack of room for dessert, servings are generous at Flambe.
(For more food and dining options see our updated Rarotonga Guide, and if you’ve got any dining recommendations feel free to let us and others know below).