We all know that a big part of travelling is trying local cuisines and new dining experiences, and for some travellers, food is at the top of the list when visiting a destination. Whether you’re returning to Fiji or a first time visitor, Denarau Island still remains a popular hot spot on the island to stay or dine in – even it’s before heading out or coming back from one of the other islands. We’ve put together a list of our 5 favourite Denarau Island restaurants to add to your list of places to savour their culinary delights the next time you’re swinging through or staying in Denarau.
Nadina Authentic Fijian Restaurant
Nothing beats trying authentic local cuisine when you’re holidaying in another part of the world. This particular restaurant specialises in local cuisine using home-grown and foraged ingredients. It’s a great place to try Fijian ‘kokoda’ – which is raw fish that’s cooked by marinating the fish in lemon and lime juice for two to three hours, then flavoured with herbs and spices and of course, coconut milk! Guests can also try chef-squeezed coconut cream or fresh prawns with ota – a local bush fern. The restaurant is located at the end of Port Denarau pier and includes indoor and outdoor seating – but who wants to sit indoors when you’re in Fiji and overlooking the waterways of Port Denarau? The menu also features other Fijian specialities, Indian influences and even some tourist and child friendly items so there’s something for everyone.
The Wet Edge
If you’re looking for a light lunch or casual dinner between exploring or relaxing in Denarau, check out The Wet Edge located at Sheraton Denarau Villas. The restaurant itself overlooks Nadi Bay’s waterfront, and you can even enjoy a swim-up cocktail at the Wet Edge Bar while you’re there – they have daily cocktail hour from 4pm! Their menu pricing is comparable to average café prices in Australia and includes a range of options from a bowl of Fijian lentil soup, share platters of Surf & Turf or Vegetarian, a range of Salads, Tacos to Beef Brisket. Why not treat yourself to one of their desserts while you’re done? Plus, there’s a kids menu for children 12 years and under. The Wet Edge was also a winner and awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2018-2019.
In Fiji, Lomani Wai is Fijian for ‘water’, so you can probably already guess where it got its name. It’s a dining ‘must-do’ experience when staying at Radisson Blu Resort Fiji, and a special and unique night out. Located in the resort’s Lagoon pool, guests are treated to a three course dinner service experience while your table and feet are in the water. It’s the only in the water dining on Denarau Island and guests are served by Fijian warriors as they’re serenaded by Fijian singers with the warmest smiles. The menu serves cuisines with a mix of Fijian and western influences, and the restaurant was also a winner and awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2016-2017 & 2019.
Located overlooking the sparkling resort pool at Sheraton Fiji, Feast features a show kitchen built around the restaurant’s centre piece wood fired pizza oven. The popular hot spot for breakfast and dinner offers culinary delights from around the world inspired by Mediterranean influences and speciality themed buffets complete with interactive cooking stations. The restaurant is also open daily until 10pm for those wanting to dine later and avoid the dinner rush.
Coco Palms at The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa
Within the grounds of The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa whereby they pride themselves in promoting their rich cultural heritage and local style throughout their resort, you’ll find Coco Palms. Here is where guests can enjoy a buffet feast of traditional Fijian food cooked in an underground hot rock oven or ‘lovo style cooking’, including a kava tasting ceremony whilst enjoying an evening being entertained by Fijian music and a cultural show, including dancing and fire-walkers! If you’re looking to experience cultural cuisines while relaxing at this beautiful oceanfront property, be sure to book yourself in for dinner here before you leave Fiji. It’s open every Wednesday and Saturdays.
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