Samoa - Eating
Food plays an important part in the Samoan culture with many festivities based around huge feasts. Traditional foods include Taro, pork, chicken, breadfruit and fresh fruit and the traditional way of cooking is in an earth oven called an Uma, where foods are wrapped in banana leaves. No oils are used in this method of cooking making it extremely healthy as well as flavoursome.
Delicacies on the Samoan menu include palusami (young taro leaves baked in coconut cream) and oka, (raw fish in coconut cream), both are must try dishes on any holiday to Samoa.
The ocean provides bountiful feasts of crayfish, snapper, masimasi, octopus and tuna to name just a few. Along with traditional foods, there are a wide range of Western cuisines available. The widest options for dining are found in Apia, the capital of Samoa, while outside the main towns dining is usually at a resort or a family-run Fale. On Savaii, Salelologa has the largest selection of cafés and restaurants.
Le Lagoto Beach Restaurant
Dine on some of the freshest seafood at Le Lagoto Beach Restaurant. It’s situated in the village of Fagamalo in Savaii. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 7.30am to 10.00pm.
South Pacific Restaurant
The South Pacific Restaurant at Aggie Grey’s Resort is renowned for its tantalising seafood cuisine combined with local produce. Besides a great dining experience, you can also enjoy their stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. This terrific resort is to be found near the village of Mulifanua. They are open every day from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm.
Giordano’s Pizzeria in Apia is a popular meeting place for locals who happily mingle with the tourists while dining.
Apia’s colourful Maketi Fou (food market) on Fugalei Street behind the Flea Market is open daily and gives you the opportunity to sample plates of traditional style Samoan foods.
At the Salelologa Market you can taste traditional style dishes from food stalls on the first floor, while on the second floor you will find all the handicrafts and clothing. To get to the Salelologa area, you must first take a boat ride from the Salelologa wharf.