tonga’s finest eateries
Eating in Tonga is a delight for anyone who appreciates seafood caught that very day, homegrown farm produce and simple recipes that allow the fesh foods to dominate. Dishes like roasted suckling pig or vegetables cooked in a traditional underground Umu oven all lend themselves to the philosophy of feasting on food as a group. The rich creamy flavour of tropical coconut can be found in many Tongan dishes.
Topai dumplings are definitely worth trying – sweet doughy bites drenched in a syrup of sugar and coconut milk.
Lo’i Feke is another recipe with coconut cream, this time with octopus. You’ll often find it served with a side of yam or green bananas. Also look out for Pele, which is a Tongan spinach.
But you won’t just find local cuisine in Tonga – there are plenty of cafés and restaurants serving up Italian, German and Asian food in case your travel companion isn’t as adventurous with their palate.
Add together the food, service, the hosts, then add a liberal dash of Tonga and the romance of the Pacific and you are set for a wonderful meal.
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Just 5 minutes from Down Town Nuku’alofa with a water front view, Mamta Villa & Little India Restaurant is the newest place to be in town. We are located on Hala Vuna Road, Sopu. You will find yourself surrounded by the natural tropical nature of Tonga with the beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. Our team aim to please and More Info »
We are one of Tonga’s longest established local family owned beach resorts (est.1979) and are now in our second generation of family operation. With over 30 years experience in Tonga’s tourism industry, we enjoy a well-earned reputation for outstanding island-style hospitality and warm, friendly service. Our kitchen sources only the freshest local produce (mostly organic) More Info »
The Scenic Hotel Tonga (previously called the Royal Tonga International Hotel) is located in the southern region of the Kingdom of Tonga’s main island, Tongatapu. Conveniently located a one-minute drive to the airport, the hotel is a natural and welcoming base for travellers to or from the outer islands. The picturesque drive to the capital, More Info »
An Italian restaurant with international flavours served with a friendly smile… Overlooking the lagoon, Lunarossa Restaurant has a warm and friendly atmosphere perfect for dining in with family and friends. With a passion to redesign Tongan seafood with Italian cuisine, the chef Marco invites you to come and try his specialties for yourself! Don’t’ forget More Info »
Meida Hotel is your best choice! Our rooms are fully furnished with comfortable bed(s) (king and queen sized), air conditionaing, chairs, tables, slippers, mini-bar, coffee and tea facilities, an alarm clock, telephone, televeision flat screen with a wide range of channels. Our Rooms Each room is equipped with a fully functioning bathroom and many More Info »
The Lodge is conveniently located in downtown Nukuʻalofa and just a few steps away from the central business district, local market, supermarkets. We offer a warm welcome to all our guests and look forward to spoiling you with the Friendly Islandʻs spirit of hospitality that our small Island Kingdom is famously known for. The Lodge More Info »
A hidden gem overlooking the ocean, enjoy the restaurant’s warm service and cool breeze….. Cottage Breeze is a great choice for dinner or a private function with family and friends. The Cottage Breeze bar offers a selection of wine and cocktails. Cottage Breeze offers quality food at reasonable prices. You have the choice of indoor More Info »
Evergreen (Green Island) is a distinguished Chinese restaurant offering delicious traditional Chinese dishes, local flavours, appetizing fresh seafood and tasty desserts. An excellent place for dinner with family and friends or for visitors to come and experience Chinese cuisine. Private VIP rooms are available for booking – perfect for family dinners or birthday celebrations. Evergreen More Info »
We pride ourselves in offering the finest authentic Italian food at its best, with a variety of pizzas made and baked in the traditional Italian way. There’s different types of pastas which are cooked complemented with a sauce of your choice. The Italian wine selection is the best you can get here in Tonga. In More Info »
Bellavista Cafe and Restaurant is situated in the heart of Neiafu in Vava’u, Tonga. A quaint cafe where Italy meets the magic of the South Pacific. Stop in for an espresso and stay for a diverse menu featuring fresh fish, pasta, Tongan-infused cuisine and more! Wi-Fi access is available as well as a beautiful view More Info »
The Rooster Bistro and Marina Wine Bar is located on the waterfront on the beautiful harbour of Neiafu. The Rooster Bistro features an international menu that changes regularly with great choices from their blackboard menus. Open daily for breakfast lunch and dinner. A full bar service is provided and even for special occasions a DJ More Info »
‘Ovava is a restaurant unlike any other in Vava’u or maybe the South Pacific. Tastfully and thoughtfully decorated with an eclectic and imaginative menu and an unusual wine and beverage list. Payment options Credit Card (Mastercard/Visa) Cash Traveller’s Cheques Type of food Island food European Italian
Featuring cuisine from around the world with a South Pacific flair. From fine dining to burgers, sandwiches and pizza not forgetting amazing desserts and fully stocked bar. The laid back atmosphere and incredible views over the lagoon will have you coming back for more. Outside guests are more than welcome. Also offering one of the More Info »
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