After 3 years of living in Nadi, we’ve found our favourite restaurants and cafés for the best food. These are our go-to spots, all super friendly with a nice vibe. Here’s the My Fiji Store 5 Best Nadi Restaurants and Cafés Guide 2018.
Habibi Fiji Mediterranean Restaurant
The Best Nadi Restaurant spot goes to Habibi - we absolutely love this place! Run by the lovely French/Tunisian couple Charlene and Yassine, this is a really friendly and unique place. When you walk in the décor is wonderful – it feels like you’ve stepped into a Mediterranean courtyard/lounge rather than a Fiji restaurant 5 minutes from Port Denarau!
With favourites such as the Lamb Tagine – slow-cooked lamb served with potatoes and Mediterranean veg, Chicken Couscous, Tunisian Brick (Filo pastry filled with either chicken or tuna and vegetables) and their yummy Pizzas, this place is a must-try. And if you like your food a bit spicy, try the Harissa sauce, but go easy as it packs quite a punch!
A great find recently is their mint tea – served with or without sugar as you prefer.
For a light bite, their fresh baked flat-bread and dips (Hummus and Baba Ghanoush) or salads are delicious – with fresh olives, nuts and feta cheese which again you don’t see very often in Fiji.
This is a totally chilled out spot where you can relax, take in the good food, music and company and just have a nice evening.
They also offer Shisha/Hookah, perfect if you want to enjoy a few drinks with friends and try something a bit different.
Here’s the Habibi Facebook page for more info and weekly specials.
Real Coffee – Real Food – Real People
Bulaccino care about serving fresh, quality food and it shows - that's why we've rated them the Best Nadi Café. They’re real foodies, sourcing a lot of their fresh ingredients from the Bulaccino Farm. Fruit and vegetables are farm fresh, as well as the Duck, Sheep and free-range Chickens! All herbs are grown on the farm - Thyme, Rosemary, Oregano and Mint.
All their food including the sauces – Hollandaise, Béarnaise, Mushroom sauce etc are cooked fresh every day. There are no syrups used to flavour coffees or smoothies – for example if you want vanilla/cinnamon in your coffee they use natural vanilla/cinnamon. Smoothies are made from real fruit with no added sugar or syrups. Just real, natural taste and goodness.
They’ve made sure there’s something for everyone on the menu which is why we love coming here. Bulaccino offer great Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten free options. They have Vegan Cookies and Muesli Bars and make Gluten Free bread. Just let them know - they’re happy to swap out butter for Coconut or Olive oil, or cater to any other dietary requirements.
We love their all day breakfast options… what’s not to love! Favourites are poached eggs, with a side of hash browns and creamed spinach, or the Bulaccino Breakfast for a big feed. Or you could opt for the Pancake Stack, Café-made Granola or their new Viti Bowls served in Coconut shells. They also do coffee served with a splash of coconut water – delicious!
When it comes to sweet treats the Bulaccino Walnut Brownies really hit the spot! That’s not to say that the Lemon Cheesecake or Red Velvet Cake aren’t good too, there are lots of goodies on offer depending on what you like.
For savoury options, they have great Burgers and Dirk is often experimenting and coming up with new creations and weekly specials. They have a big selection so check out the Bulaccino menu.
A lot of the fresh produce comes from the Bulaccino family farm; they sell honey and other items so it’s worth checking out what they have in season at the counter. Their home-made Guava Jelly is delicious and they also have fresh bread.
Bulaccino is great for meeting up with friends for yummy food and a bit of a chin-wag. You often see many local business people in here too having casual coffee catch ups. It’s a friendly, nice place with good food and drinks. A great spot for breakfast or having yummy food throughout the day.
For more information and videos, take a look at the Bulaccino website.
If you want to taste Fijian food Tu’s Place restaurant is a good spot to try. They offer Fijian fusion food, so you can find curries and local dishes as well as Thai and European-style dishes. The grilled fish and salad is a personal favourite; they have a salad bar so you can pick which two salads you’d like with your meal from their selection. Some of the options are Potato Salad, Pumpkin and Bean. They serve huge portions so bear that in mind when ordering, you will leave Tu’s feeling well fed and happy!
They do a mean fish and chips, and their breakfast and lunch options are good too. The Roti roll-ups are good value and tasty.
The staff are nice and friendly. If they get busy it can take a little while to get served but it’s totally worth it. On Fridays or Saturdays, make sure you go early or book a table. If you have a sweet tooth, try the Banoffee pie – extremely rich but well worth it.
Here's the full Tu's Place menu.
Another great café to try when in Nadi! Taste Fiji is run by Louise and Lee Acreman, a Fiji-born/British husband and wife team. They bring their unique experiences of working for top establishments in the UK, Fiji and all over the world. Lee has cooked for many VIPs, too many to list here, and Louise also has a stellar reputation in the Food Industry both in Fiji and overseas. You can find out more about their impressive culinary achievements on the Taste Fiji website.
Back to the food! Lee and Louise love working with fresh local ingredients and this really shows through in their dishes. They have great food combinations, cooked with flair, for both breakfast and lunch. They really care about using local, showcasing local, supporting local wherever they can.
Their cakes and meringues are absolutely amazing – they often cater for weddings and create customized wedding cakes. If you check out their Instagram page you’ll be blown away by the magnificence of their confectionary, sweets and desserts. In fact, we’ve put together some My Fiji Store gift hampers featuring their Macaroons, Biscotti and Fudges which were stunning.
Rather than list out all the dishes, here’s a link to the Taste Fiji menu so you can pick out your own favourites. Bon appétit!
Good, Asian food in a lovely outdoor setting. Quite a good value option too, dishes are reasonably priced and the garden setting is nice. Small Plates is kind of tucked away on the main Martintar strip opposite Jet Point, it has a lovely private feel to it and the food is tasty.
Favourites are the Won Tons and Cashew Nut chicken – delicious! Great for those wanting a nice meal without splurging too much. The only down side – take mozzie spray with you if you’re partial to getting bitten as some of the tables are in the garden area. Even with mosquito coils you might get bitten as it’s very green and natural.
For more information, check out the Small Plates Facebook page.
That concludes our guide! Have you tried any of these restaurants? Let us know your feedback if you have. Enjoy your time in Fiji, we hope you experience some yummy food :)