Restaurants & Dining

CULINARY BORA BORA

Culinary Bora Bora reflects how different cultures & traditions have impacted on Bora Bora, giving the island a mixture of local cooking, French cuisine, Italian flair & to a lesser extent Japanese influences.

Fish remains the staple diet for Tahitians. Poisson cru is an extremely popular dish with both locals & tourists & consisting of raw fish marinated in lime-juice then mixed with coconut milk & often served in a salad of finely cut cucumber, onion, tomato & capsicum. It is YUMMY a saw Bora Bora listed as the number 1 destination world-wide for ‘Cuisine’ in the influential September 2014 international Hotels Price Index.

The former President of French Polynesia, Gaston Tong Sang, prepares a freshly caught parrot-fish over a fire of heated coral on Bora Bora’s sacred Motu Tapu:

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Maa Tahiti – the Traditional Tahitian Feast

Maa Tahiti is the traditional Tahitian food for feasts (tamaaraa) & eaten by many every Sunday. It is cooked in a himaa – an oven made by digging a large hole in the ground into which stones are piled & heated by fire. The food is wrapped in banana leaves and placed on the hot stones then covered by a blanket of purau & banana leaves, then hession sacks & finally dirt around the sides before being baked for several hours. Dishes include chicken & pork with sweet potatoes, breadfruit, tarot, fafa (a type of spinach), po’e (a sweet fruit – usually individually papaya, banana, tarot & pumpkin – puree mixed with starch, sugar & coconut milk) & fei (a type of banana).

The food is served with miti hue (lightly fermented coconut milk), miti haari (coconut milk diluted with water & lime) & taioro (thick fermented coconut milk). Local fruits such as papaya, mangoe, pineapple, grapefruit & banana adorn the table. Meals are eaten with the fingers & accompanied by fafaru – fresh fish dipped in sea water fermented for days with fish & prawn heads. Yes, you can smell it for miles!

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Restaurant or Snack

Generally speaking, a “Snack” serves easy to prepare, straight-forward meals in a relatively relaxed atmosphere. A “Restaurant” is a more formal setting & provides a dining experience serving plates that are more complex to prepare.

 

GUIDES & REVIEWS FOR BORA BORA RESTAURANTS

Bora Bora Insider posts an annual Bora Bora Restaurant – Ratings & Guide .

In addition Bora Bora Insider reviews in detail ALL restaurants concerned – check out the reports at Review of Restaurants in Matira and/or Review of Restaurants in Vaitape.

The following restaurants in the Matira area  been reviewed:

  • VILLLA MAHANA
  • BLOODY MARY’S
  • SNACK MATIRA
  • RESTAURANT MATIRA BEACH
  • NOA NOA – LE MOANA
  • RESTAURANT FARE MANUIA
  • TAMAA MATAI
  • SALADS SANWICHES PATISSERIE
  • THE CREPERIE
  • RESTAURANT HOTEL MAITAI
  • SOFITEL MARARA

Reviews have also been written for the following restaurants in Vaitape:

  • ST JAMES RESTAURANT
  • PANDA D’OR
  • MAI KAI RESTAURANT
  • BORA BORA YACHT CLUB

 

ABOUT

The writer owned & operated  a number of hotels in Australia each of which included various restaurant facilities. The writer’s wife is a qualified Cordon Bleu (Paris), trained with the only member of the Acadamie Francaise in Australia at the time & operated her own restaurant in central Sydney. Two other collaborators, one born in Hong Kong, the other in Japan & both of whom have extensive experience in restaurant operation & management make up the review team.

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