They say variety is the spice of life. Well, there’s plenty of variety to be had when it comes to eating out in Suva.
The capital city is home to numerous restaurants be it Fijian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean or Continental cuisine you’re after.
There are far too many restaurants to list all here but we’ve chosen the best middle to upper end restaurants in the hope that choosing a place to dine will be a little easier for you.
Fijian: Traditional Fijian food - delicious and unique to our islands - is surprising hard to come by when on holiday in Fiji.
While most hotels and restaurants will feature a dish or two (most likely Kokoda) on the menu as well as have “Lovo Nights” (food cooked over hot stones in an earth-oven) there are only a handful of restaurants that specialise in traditional Fijian cuisine.
This makes it a rare treat indeed for those who venture out in search of Fijian food. Suva has two restaurants specialising in Fijian food, Vakaviti Restaurant and the Fiji Indigenous Restaurant.
Both are located in Kadavu House on Renwick Road. Vakaviti Restaurant is the cheaper of the two, with most dishes costing $4 while Fiji Indigenous is slightly more upmarket with better atmosphere. Open Mon – Sat.
Chinese: Chinese restaurants greatly outnumber other restaurants in Suva. In fact, there was a time when it seemed as though the majority of restaurants were Chinese, interesting, given that the Chinese are an ethnic minority in Fiji.
However, this has changed in recent years with the opening of more Indian restaurants and the introduction of Japanese and Korean cuisine to the capital city.
The Great Wok of China, Peking and Lantern Palace are all long-established Chinese eateries, that offer a mix of Sichuan and Cantonese delicacies.
Both Fong Lee and Hai Kong, located side by side on Victoria Parade specialise in seafood – Chinese style. Asian Karaoke, opposite Fintel on Victoria Parade, if you are not bothered about atmosphere, serves good food in generous serves at a very good price. Vine Yard Palace (formerly Ming Palace) in the Old Town Hall, is the largest restaurant in the capital, seating up to 400 people. Capital Palace, located in an old cinema (The Regal) on Victoria Parade, comes in as the second largest, seating up to 300 people and does a mean Dim Sum.
Indian: Fiji’s Indian community is descended from different regions in India, with the two main groups being North and South Indians.
This diversity is reflected in the cuisine as well, with Fiji Indian...