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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

VERANDAH RESTAURANT
DENARAU ISLAND
NADI, FIJI

This elegant and lovely restaurant is located inside the Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau Island near Nadi on the Fijian mainland.  On the outbound leg of our trip we chose this restaurant because of its famed Friday Night Seafood Buffet.

This, by far, was the best food we had during our entire stay in Fiji but compared to some lavish spreads in the U.S., it was not the most impressive buffets we've ever seen.

There was plenty of peel and eat shrimp on hand but it was a little bit waterlogged.  It probably had been allowed to melt  into  the ice instead of sitting on top of the ice.  Not bad but not sensational. 

When it comes to fish, they had filets of a local fish called Walu.  It's similar to Spanish Mackerel and is, by far, the most common fish found on menus in Fiji.  It was quite tasty.  And the fried "Coral Trout," a grouper type fish, was very popular with our group even though it had been under the warming lights for quite awhile.

I love to try new things so I was anxious to dig into my Fijian Island Mud Crab.  But after the first bite, it was apparent that this crab had probably been frozen and thawed out.  There's just something about most frozen crab other than snow crab or king crab that just doesn't sit well with me.  Still it was tasty enough.

Meat eaters were tempted by a round of roast beef.  A little overcooked for my taste.  They also had chicken, seafood pasta dishes and a very nice selection of fresh salads, which were delightful.

Dessert featured an impressive array of waistline stretching goodies and the women in our party did a lot of damage along toward the end of the meal.

Denarau Island is a man-made island and therefore the beaches, while nice, aren't the south seas beaches you've dreamed of.  Forget about snorkeling!  There are actually two Sheraton properties on the island--the Sheraton Fiji Resort and the Sheraton Royal Denarau.  There's a little shuttle train that ferries patrons from one to the other and guests share their facilities on an interchangeable basis.

If you'd like to check out the Sheraton Resorts on Fiji, give this a click.

ADDITIONAL RESTAURANT REVIEW FROM FIJI:

South Beach Restaurant - Mana Island