3 Best Restaurants in Vanua Levu, Fiji

Captain's Café

$$ | Savusavu

This establishment, a combination of the Captain's Café and Captain's Table Restaurant, might offer the most diverse menu in Fiji, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. American-style sandwiches and burgers are advertised alongside Indian and Thai curries on the board indoors, and enchiladas and fajitas are advertised on the blackboards outside. The nicely presented curries are particularly good value, served with rice, roti, or naan and a small vegetable side. The fruit salad dessert is as refreshing as the views from the rail-less deck seating, which leads you to forgive the quirky service. Oh, and they serve pizzas, too.

Oriental Restaurant & Bar

$ | Labasa

Here's one globe-spanning restaurant where you shouldn't settle on a curry simply by default. The Chinese dishes are good, large, and best enjoyed family-style. Second prize goes to the range of traditionally prepared seafood such as lobster, prawns, and fish cooked in lolo (coconut milk). The strange wood canopies with rope netting over most of the tables are even stranger in light of the honest attempt at Asian decor made by illustrated tapestries. Avoid weekend afternoons, when locals crowd the bar and many of the tables with tall bottles of Fiji Bitter. To find it, look for the big sign on a building across from the bus station.

2 Jaduram St., Vanua Levu, Northern, Fiji
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Rate Includes: No lunch Sun., No credit cards

Surf 'n' Turf

$$ | Savusavu

A dock overlooking beautiful Savusavu Bay is the setting for Savusavu's best nonresort dining experience. The chef, a former Cousteau Resort executive chef, visits the local market each day in order to select the fish for that day's specials. This might include seared ahi tuna with garlic mash dressed with wasabi and lime cream and topped with a cucumber relish. The pièce de résistance, however, is a F$50 six-course menu the chef prepares before guests using stoves on wheels. It includes lobster, steak, and prawn dishes and must be requested in advance. Homemade ice cream hits the spot for dessert, and there's an excellent brunch on Sunday.

1 Verevere Rd., Vanua Levu, Northern, Fiji
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Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Credit cards accepted

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