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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
SOUTH BEACH RESTAURANT
This is the "premiere" restaurant of the Mana Island Resort in the beautiful South Pacific. It's nothing fancy, mind you, but it is the best of the island's three main restaurants.
The menu was fairly simple and down to earth. Burgers, fish and chips and so forth for lunch. Dinner featured a few additional items like steaks and lobster.
We sampled this restaurant for both lunch and dinner and enjoyed our meals although it was nothing you'd call sensational.
The best item, by far, was the lobster. Usually when you order lobster you get a tiny morsel and pay through the nose. I was shocked to find a huge portion of lobster, even more than I could eat. And at a price tag of $44 Fijian, it was a good value. By the way, that 44 bucks Fijian is equivalent to just over $25 U.S. and was the most expensive item on the menu.
Lunch prices in Fijian ranged from $8 to $15. Dinner items started at $10 and topped out with the lobster.
Tropical drinks came in somewhere between $8 and 12 bucks. As I recall, the local beer was a couple of bucks a can and not bad. They featured Fiji Gold and Fiji Bitter. And ice cold Fosters was a popular choice since Fiji isn't too far from the land down under.
We particularly enjoyed having lunch there after a morning of non-stop snorkeling and then lingering over a couple of beers afterwards. The place isn't air conditioned but if you sit inside (there are some outside tables, too) the breeze off the ocean is fairly nice.
If you choose the Mana Island Resort in Fiji, one word of caution. The resort consists of many individual bungalows and it's quite spread out. And depending on where your bungalow is in relation to the South Beach Restaurant, it can be a very dark walk after the sun retreats. Be careful not to step on the big toads! There are dozens of them wandering all over the property after dark and it would be a shame to kill one! Then again, they're so big you might trip over them!
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