Tahiti offers guests a wide variety of dishes and flavors, combining traditional foods from Polynesia with the style and elegance of French cuisine. During your visit, you should plan to attend at least one amara’a (banquet), where you can sample a variety of Tahitian dishes and unwind with some local beers.
Fresh seafood, exotic fruits, and vegetables served with Polynesian influence and a dash of French flair are among Tahiti’s cuisine’s most well-known ingredients. For the discriminating palette, restaurants serve French, Tahitian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Italian cuisine. The native Tahitians are renowned for their indigenous vanilla bean-based sauces as well.
Papeete the food center
The city of Papeete is regarded as Tahiti’s culinary center. A Tama’ara’a or Tahitian Feast is held at the majority of resorts on all the islands at least once per week. This requires using a himaa to cook (an oven that has been dug into the ground).
Cooking with Banana Leaves
Banana leaves are used to wrap the food, and sand is used to seal the hole. Even though cooking might take up to several hours, the result is food that is ready to fall off the bone and is soft and supple.
One well-known delicacy, Poisson cru (ia ota), is so tasty and light that it melts on your tongue. It is made of raw fish that has been marinated in lime juice and immersed in coconut milk. On Tahiti’s stunning native islands, you may also get chevreffes, a delectable freshwater shrimp dish that is another well-known local dish.
Poe, sweet Pudding
Poe, a sweet pudding made of taro root that the Tahitians offer as the ultimate dessert and as the final course of any amura’a (dinner), is flavored with banana, vanilla, papaya, or pumpkin.
Coconut Milk Snacks
Try the delectable coconut milk-made kato snacks or the mouthwatering croissants from France. Any of these delectable Tahitian treats go perfectly with a cup of local coffee, which is flavored with vanilla bean and served with sugar and coconut cream.
Les Roulottes are an excellent, reasonably priced way to experience Tahitian food. The greatest affordable cuisines in Papeete are served in the city’s colorful, electrically illuminated “roulottes,” or rolling eateries.
Even if guests don’t intend to eat, they can still learn about the Tahitian way of life by simply admiring these elaborately painted vehicles. Tahitian dishes are available for both residents and tourists to eat, including grilled chicken, roast pork, pizza, chow mein, and flame crepes.
Tamaataa – Tahitian Feast
Attending a tamaaraa, or traditional Tahitian feast is another option to enjoy genuine Tahitian food. Visitors will be welcomed at the feast with traditional Polynesian songs, dances, and celebrations. Fish, roasted pork, and chicken are native Tahitian foods that are prepared in a subterranean oven called an ahimaa and provided to hungry tourists as examples of traditional Tahitian food.
Hinano lager, which has been brewed in Tahiti since 1955, is the local beer and is offered on tap, in bottles, and in cans. It is regarded as being highly sharp and energizing. Tabu, a Tahitian pale lager, is a different well-liked beer.
The Pineapple Factory and Fruit Juice Distillery, which makes fruit-infused rums with flavors including pineapple, coconut, and ginger, is located on the island of Moorea.
Be sure to try fresh fruit juices and the delicious coconut juice too. Sparkling mineral water is also available.
The most popular varieties of wine on the islands are French wine and champagne, but you can also find wines from South Africa, New Zealand, and California.
Various Tropical cocktails, made with indigenous ingredients like coconut, banana, and vanilla, are especially well-liked in resorts.