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Gastronomy

FLAVOURS of the ISLANDS

Kanak culture is also explored through meals. The island lagoons are full of fish and seafood, the Loyalty Islanders are born farmers and the particularly fertile soil produces an abundance of fruit and vegetables. Numerous hosts’ tables will offer you all this rich natural produce combined with love into an authentic and flavoursome cuisine.

A ceremonial dish not to be missed, the bougna is traditionally cooked in the ground, wrapped in banana leaves and buried under burning hot stones. Being present -- or better still, participating -- in its collective preparation will add quality to this essential experience of local flavours.

In the Kanak world, the yam, an offering of Mother Earth, has a sacred dimension. Manifestation of the divine order, it is born, dies and is reborn again and again. It illuminates the path of men who, by planting and harvesting it, participate in the creation of the world. Its growth cycle punctuates the life of men and, in each of the islands, its harvest triggers important customary ceremonies. At the centre of all types of social exchanges, even today, it seals contracts and ensures that promises made are honoured. It is also one of the main units of value in exchanges at intertribal events.

A farming people, the Loyaltians are also skilled fishermen and the waters that bathe their islands are particularly rich: from octopus, hunted on the flat exposed areas at low tide, to the lobsters that hide in the undersea cliffs of the reef, from the many fish of the lagoon — parrotfish, snappers, groupers etc. ... — to the snapper of the depths, the sea invites itself to your table. Not to mention the coconut crab, endemic to the islands, an imposing terrestrial crustacean that feeds almost exclusively on coconut, to be experienced for its very noteworthy flavour.

Some recipes to discover in our restaurants’ tables: the pahatr (bird's nest fern) whose young shoots are eaten in salads or as an accompaniment (at the Fenepaza); parrotfish fillet with Lifou vanilla sauce (Tamanou beach restaurant); mangrove crab burger (Didéwa Mafatu); clam velouté with coconut milk (avocado festival and wajuyu festival ); casserole of the shelled coconut crab, a farandole of seasonal vegetables and coconut rice (Chez Dom)

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Restaurants and tables d'hôtes

Hôtel Oasis de Kiamu
Traditional cooking

Oasis de Kiamu Hotel

Lifou
The hotel-restaurant in Hnaeu is one of Lifou's most popular dining establishments, with an ideal setting between beach and pool.
La part des anges
Traditional cooking

La part des anges

Ouvéa
The restaurant "La Part des Anges" is located inside the Paradis Ouvéa hotel.
Table d’Hôte Tamanou Beach
Traditional cooking

Table d’Hôte Tamanou Beach

Lifou
At Mou, in the south of the island. Fish and lobster specialities. Open every day.
Snack Makanu
Fast food

Makanu snack

Lifou
Snack bar/Tobacco shop/Newspapers in Wé's centre. Take away dishes, various sandwiches and snacks and roast chicken.
Table d’hôte chez Peune
Family meal

Table d’hôte chez Peune

Maré
Marcel and Louise offer simple and copious menus, based on products from their own garden.
Snack Fassy
Fast food

Snack Fassy

Ouvéa
Snack bar located after the Mouli Bridge
Fenepaza
Grill

Fenepaza

Lifou
Woodfire grills specialities at the Mucaweng tribal village: lobster, fish and meat.
Hôtel Beaupré
Traditional cooking

Beaupré hotel

Ouvéa
Great variety of fish on the menu.
Restaurant – Hôtel Drehu Village
On the bay of Chateaubriand, this three-star hotel offers buffet breakfasts, à la carte meals and special buffets.
Table d’Hôte Chez Léon Duhnara
Table d'hôte located in the south of Maré at Eni tribal village.
L’île O pizza
Pizzeria

L’île O pizza

Lifou
Opposite the Hnasse stadium, l'île O Pizza invites you to sample a classic dish.
Faré falaise
Family meal

Faré falaise

Lifou
Come and taste dishes made with local ingredients.
Snack/restaurant Finemen
Fast food

Finemen snack / restaurant

Lifou
At Wé, a snack bar-restaurant with original daily specialities: couscous, tajine, colombo.
La Kaz’à Jo
Fast food

La Kaz’à Jo

Lifou
At Hnasse tribal village, La Kaz'à à Jo offers you daily specials and fast meals.
Table d’hôte chez Mejo
Traditional cooking

Table d’hôte chez Mejo

Maré
Daily set menu made with local, seasonal produce.
Restaurant Melimala
Traditional cooking

Melimala restaurant

Lifou
In the heart of Wé, you can taste Lifou products and enjoy all the pleasures of local cuisine.
Chez Marguerite
Traditional cooking

Chez Marguerite

Ouvéa
Table d'hôte located on the Ouassadjeu tribal lands.
Snack Soleil levant
Traditional cooking

Snack Soleil levant

Ouvéa
Next to the water at Ohnyat: fish, seafood or bougna at lunchtime. Food trays to take away.
Restaurant Hôtel Nengoné Village
Traditional cooking

Restaurant Hotel Nengoné Village

Maré
Bar, traditional shelter, Wi-Fi, meeting room.
Snack O’kafika
Traditional cooking

Snack O’kafika

Ouvéa
Come and enjoy local products served next to the Iaaï Lagoon.
Table d’hôte Derniers rayons de soleil
Traditional cooking

Table d’hôte Derniers rayons de soleil

Ouvéa
Table d'hôte located on the eastern side of Mouli island.
Snack le Pary
Fast food

Snack le Pary

Lifou
Restaurant and table d'hôte located at Mou tribal village
Table d’hôte Didewa Mafatou
Traditional cooking, Family meal

Table d’hôte Didewa Mafatou

Ouvéa
Table d'hôte on the Mouli tribal lands. Daily specialities made with local products.
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