Michener's Resaurant: "Melanesian Feast" Top 5 Page for this destination Vanuatu Restaurant Tip by trixee

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We didn't eat from Michener's a la carte menu, but we did have the Melanesian feast at Michener's.

It started off with the with kava tasting, which we were going to skip since we'd already tried it the night before at a kava bar, but decided to have some again to compare. This was definitely weaker than the previous kava we'd tasted, but at least they provided fruit to wash away the bitter aftertaste!

The Melanesian Feast was definitely the way to sample the local specialties, because we found it hard to source from the restaurants we went to, and the market was too confusing. Lap lap, tuluk, and various other names I don't quite recall. Aside from the starchy local food, there was also poulet, pork, the melanesian fish salad, and various other salads, and some beef. It was a huge buffet. The savoury foods were mostly local melanesian dishes, but the desserts were pretty standard western sweets. Sweets included chocolate mud cake, sponge, tart, and a couple of other things.

The other bonus was the custom dancing. The "leader" of the dance group provided detailed and impassioned information about the history behind each dance, and its influence and significance in modern-day culture. I found his talks quite interesting, there still seems to be a fair amount of resentment surrounding the Christian missionary "invasion". And his take on the importance of conservation was quite inspiring.

Favorite Dish: Melanesian fish salad has to be the best local dish. The texture is creamy and divine, without it being too rich. And personally, I like the local pork better than the local beef, despite all the hype about the beef.

Address: Iririki Island, Port Vila
Rating: 4
Theme: Local
Website: http://www.iririki.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 22, 2007
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