The Best Places to Eat in Samoa
Ah, Samoa, a beautiful, tropical paradise in the South Pacific. A place Corey was lucky enough to call home in his youth and I've been lucky enough to visit twice!
On our second trip together, Samoa was noticeably different. For one, the new Sheraton Aggie Greys Hotel was up and running and it was a magnificent sight, and two, lots of cafes and restaurants had popped up all over the place since we'd last been. We had to test a few places out (some for the first time, some again, and some more than once) which was all fun and games until we got back to Australia and our clothes were... tight. Like, camel toe tight.
Still, no complaints. The food scene in Samoa has upped its game considerably and if you find yourself over there (you lucky unicorn, you) make sure you also find your way to these places for a "mean feed".
In no particular order, here are some of our food favourites:
Hidden away behind a gardening shop you might easily miss this cafe. We would've too except for the fact that Corey's cousin Shammah has his very own sandwich named after him there. Their specialty is a huge 5" toasted sandwich but since Shammah was always having to order two (growing boy and whatever) they put a 10" on the menu and named it The Shammah.
How's that for a legacy! Putting that aside for a second, the toasted sandwiched really are the bomb and go down well with a fresh niu (coconut) or they make a delicious mocha too.
This cafe is also a hidden gem. Located behind the Pacific Jewell Souvenir and Gift shop is The Garden Cafe. The garden area (yep, it's named literally) is beautiful and staff are attentive. Cool yourself down with the provided palm leaf fans and read the paper while you wait for your delicious meal.
This is probably the most hipster place in Samoa; think mismatched furniture and eclectic wall hangings. Get your fresh coconut sitting in a tomato soup cup and enjoy the atmosphere.
Located right next to JP's gym in town is Nourish Cafe, the go-to place for healthy but still delicious food. We had both breakfast and lunch there and they were equally fantastic. Try anything with the coconut syrup for breakfast and the ulu (breadfruit) or taro chips with lunch. If it wasn't for the fact that we were headed to England almost straight after our trip I would've taken jars of coconut syrup home, it's fuggin delicious.
I didn't take a photo of the food here so accept this video instead. This cafe is located on top of BSL about 5 minutes from town. The staff are friendly and service is quick. We've heard the lunch is really good too (from Corey's mum pictured below who's a local and serial cafe hopper) but we only had breakfast here and some great coffees (or hot chocolate in my case).
Giordano's Pizzeria is THE place for dinner if you're in Apia (it's rated #2 for restaurants in Samoa on TripAdvisor). No trip to Sa is complete without (at least) one of their giant pizzas. If you're yet to try koko samoa get some dessert (chocolate pie or brownie maybe?) to share with a friend and check it off your list of new foods to try.
If the name Kokobanana isn't enough to pull you in the steak definitely should be. It's located on The Cross Island road in Apia but make sure you look out for the sign as it can be easy to miss. The specialty here is the Steak and Lobster dish. The NZ steak is HUGE. Unfortunately, we didn't get any pictures as we were too busy catching up with friends and scoffing down our food but you can see some here. It was too good a meal to leave out!
Yes, I know what you're thinking. An Indian restaurant? In Samoa? Sometimes fish and taro can get boring. If you want to spice it up, head to Tifaimoana on Fugalei St. At this unassuming little place we had the best Indian curry we'd had in forever. The serves are generous and the food is cooked in a proper tandoor. You can look through a glass window at the chef rolling out the roti as well.
As for Savai'i, our favourite is Leilani's Pizza on the North side of the island. We stayed for only 2 nights in a beach fale (house) in Savai'i and managed to eat here twice for lunch. We even took a couple that was staying in the fale next to us there because we enjoyed it so much and they did too. It's cheap and delicious, a perfect meal after snorkelling with the turtles all morning.
In between all of this cafe and restaurant dining are the local dishes and foods you've got to try so don't be surprised if you head away from your holiday having packed on a few pounds. After all, what's a holiday without a little indulgence?
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Which restaurant is at the top of your list?