Address: 3 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden
We entered a venue which was a hive of activity and had excellence ambience. Once a community hall, the venue was strategically chosen as we were told that it is common for locals in the Pacific to gather for meals as a group in community halls. We were especially taken with the décor. Chairs were mismatched, as was the crockery. Whilst immaculately clean, some crockery was chipped (on purpose) and this was all to give the impression that you were in a community hall where locals had come together to have share a meal. Our first impression of service was impressive and the majority of wait and kitchen staff seemed to have South Pacific heritage. This was very helpful when it came to menu selection.
The restaurant was at capacity and because of this, the room was loud. If you struggle to hear, it’s worth keeping this in mind during peak times and asking for a strategically placed table.
Exciting and a real experience! There was a great summary on the front page of the menu which outlined the history of the restaurant and how it came about (we’ll leave you in anticipation). As we turned the pages, we felt as though we were in for a real experience. The menu lists dishes from a number of islands – Fiji, Samoa, Hawaii and the Cook Islands to name a few. Fresh seafood was very prominent, especially in the Starters section, and options included “Poke” which consisted of raw salmon, sesame, ginger and soy, and “Fish Cakes” which included apple crisps and mango aioli. The “Magiti (mains)” section provided a larger array of meat dishes in comparison to the Starters section and meats on offer included goat, fish, lamb ribs and brown sugar chicken. There were various traditional dessert options on offer and the drinks menu was adequate and contained a great selection of cocktails.
For starters we ordered the “Seafood Platter for 2”. We ordered this because it contained a number of traditional dishes within the Starters section of the menu which really took our fancy. The platter consisted of “Mussels” with miti and fresh chilli, “Poke” as mentioned above, and “Kokoda” which is a raw Fijian fish dish. Each dish was served cold and we devoured the Poke – this was our favourite. The other fish dishes were equally as delicious however were very coconut heavy – so if you aren’t a coconut fan do keep this in mind. For mains we had the following:
A fantastic experience! If you’re looking to experience something a little bit different, and taste flavours which really represent the beautiful South Pacific, do pay Kai Pasifika a visit. We will definitely be returning and are already looking forward to our next visit. Thanks to our follower Joy for the recommendation!