WHERE TO EAT ?
HELPFUL ADDRESSES ON ISLE OF PINES

 
 

 

(Note : Prices are a guide only. Please check them when you arrive or make a reservation.)

One of the delights of a holiday is to discover new dishes and flavours, in sometimes memorable settings. Isle of Pines is no exception. You can try a range of food from snacks in simple surroundings to sumptuous, fine French cuisine in equally sumptuous settings.

Or you might decide to do-it-yourself and camp, in which case check out our ‘services section’ for details of the bakery and general stores. There’s also a small market for fruit and vegetables twice a week, early in the morning (7-8.30am) in the village square in Vao. Be sure to take a carry-bag and mostly coins or small notes.

 

 
   
     
THE MÉRIDIEN HOTEL & OURÉ HOTEL
 
 
Le Méridien Oro Bay
&
Hôtel
Ouré
Kanumera Bay
 

The island’s two ‘top-of-the-range’ hotels seek to provide elaborate French cuisine, mainly for their in-house guests. However, depending on availability and providing you are suitably dressed, both the Méridien and Ouré may accept outside customers.

Buffet lunch at the Méridien : 4,500 cfp p/pers; Dinner (set menu): 5,000 cfp p/pers. Tel.: (+687) 46 15 15

Ouré Hotel : lunch and dinner à la carte. Tel.: (+687) 43 13 15

 

 

 

 
 
KODJEUE HOTEL, Ouameo
 
   
Ouameo Bay
 

Kodjeue’s restaurant overlooking the sea, facing west, is open from 11.30am – 2pm and 6.30pm – 10pm. It’s a good idea to book. Tel.: (+687) 46 11 42
However, Kodjeue’s bar is open all day from 10am to 10pm. Visitors are welcome to stop by, have a drink and dip into a small snack, tapas style, at a very reasonable price.
Often on Wednesdays Kodjeue holds a special evening featuring the festive Melanesian meal, the Bougna, and, in the high season, a traditional dance show as well. The price includes a cold buffet and cheese. Bookings required.

 
     

 

KOU-BUGNY HOTEL, Kuto
 
   
Kuto Bay
  The restaurant and terrace bar on Kuto beach welcome clients whether they’re staying in the hotel or not. Bookings are a good idea. Tel.: (+687) 46 18 00
A less formal restaurant, Les Vieux Bugnys, (meaning the old bugny trees) is open for lunch, tea-time and early dinner, on the other side of the road. It’s closed on Monday.
 
     

 

KUBERKA RESORT, Kuto
 
   
Two minutes’ walk from Kuto Bay
 

Guests from outside are most welcome, but it’s advisable to book for lunch or dinner. Tel.: (+687) 46 11 18
Kuberka has a reputation for its seafood and Isle of Pines’ snails. The family-run restaurant also offers two set menus for 3 200 cfp or 2 800 cfp ;
children's set menu : 1 500 cfp

 
 

 

 

 

GITE ORO CHEZ REGIS, Oro
 
 
Oro Bay
  This restaurant on the edge of the channel leading to the famous ‘natural pool’ specialises in the Bougna. Choose from a lobster, fish or chicken bougna for the traditional Melanesian meal with vegetables and coconut milk, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in an earth-oven.
Bookings needed the day before, either through your island accommodation or by tel.: (+687) 43 45 55. An à la carte menu and grills are also available.
 
   

 

 

 

KOU-GNY, Oro Bay
 
   
Oro Bay
 

Sift the sand through your toes as you lunch on lobster or fish on the water’s edge at Oro Bay – it’s the epitome of dreams.
Fish menu (3 course) : 3 780 cfp

Lobster menu (3 course) : 6 300 cfp. Children half-price.

Chicken menu : 2.310 cfp ; child : 1.050 cfp
One dozen Isle of Pines snails : 3.150 cfp


Bookings necessary (the evening before or by 9am the same day).
Tel.: (+687) 46 10 65 or (+687) 70 25 35 or 84 44 98

 
Kou-Gny is known for its
grilled lobsters
Fish lunch at Kou-Gny
 

Calm, Oro Bay

 


New

SNACK BAR QUEEN HORTENSE'S CAVE



Touété
If you're driving or biking around the island, one highlight is Queen Hortense's Cave, or Oumagne Cave, as it's also known. Apart from visiting the limestone cave and its pretty tree fern grove, it's now possible to stop there for a drink or a bite to eat.

Christophe is a trained chef who's decided to return home from the mainland and set up a pleasant snack bar in the quiet, out-of-the-way spot. He's welcoming and is happy to whip you up a salad or his dish of the day while you wait.

Open throughout the day.

Prices : dish of the day : 1.600 cfp;   salad of the day: 1.400 cfp

Tel.: (+687) 86 50 65

SNACK BAR QUEEN HORTENSE'S CAVE
Christophe cook chef
Salad of the day Snack Oumagne


 

 

 

 

SNACK KOHU
 
   
Vao >> North
Oro Road
 

Looking for somewhere welcoming and reasonably-priced to eat during the day ? Jean-Marc runs a delightful snack bar on the edge of Vao village as the road heads north to Oro. Milk-shakes, toasted sandwiches/croque monsieur, coffee and ‘dish of the day’/plat du jour are available at covered tables in a charming setting.

Open from 8.30 am to 2 pm every day except Sunday.

 

 

 
         
           
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