Gastronomy in New Caledonia
Palm trees, pristine lagoon and white-sand beaches…not only will you love New Caledonia’s postcard-perfect settings but you will fall in love with the island’s unique gastronomy. Over the years, various cultural influences have shaped the culinary identity of New Caledonia. You will savor a daring fusion cuisine that is intensely flavorful and surprisingly varied. From restaurants to delicatessen boutiques and guesthouses, gourmets will be thrilled.
A gourmet’s destination
In Nouméa you will find countless restaurants that celebrate the essence of French gastronomy. In the middle of the South Pacific, you will be able to indulge in all the regional specialties of France: Alsatian choucroute, petit salé, raclette and even cassoulet! Some restaurants, such as Chez Toto, are all about traditional cuisine! For a more exotic approach to local gastronomy, try the Pandanus or L’Assiette du Cagou. You will enjoy fresh produce prepared with influences from around the world. Enjoy a filet of freshly-caught fished, just fried and served with a side of sweet potato and coconut gratin! Hungry yet?
As you tour the island and discover charming villages and welcoming tribes, you will taste some amazing traditional dishes. Venison ceviche, green papaya chutney, pickled spicy vegetables, homemade jams and exotic preserves are just a few examples of New Caledonian basics. Once on the East coast, you must try Bougna, the Kanak staple dish. Taste the authenticity of a dish that is ancestral. Prepared with tubers, bananas, meat or fish, Bougna is then wrapped in banana leaves and steam-cooked inside a hole dug in the ground.
Let yourself be tempted by new flavors
New Caledonian gastronomy is truly unique thanks to the multiethnic influences it combines. You will taste flavorful dishes that sublimate everything from French to Melanesian and Polynesian cuisine. See venison Carpaccio with green papaya rougail or yellow fin tuna sashimi with achards. Over the years, New Caledonia has developed a true culinary identity.
Great food with a view
While in Nouméa, enjoy some of the city’s premium restaurants: Au P'tit Café, Le Roof, L’Hippocampe, Le Bintz, Le 1881, etc. They plate refined dishes that will entice your taste buds and they feature amazing views. Contemplate the lagoon or long stretches of tropical beaches as you savor great tasting food. Exoticism and refinement all in one!
Throughout the island you will find authentic food and traditional restaurants. Choose from a wide range of guesthouses in order to enjoy heartwarming homemade food. In the northern part of the island, don’t miss Poingam and Refuge du Cerf. If you journey on the Isle of Pines, you must eat at Beaupré’s. In Lifou, Fenepeza is another reputed eatery.
The lagoon’s treasures
Enjoy freshly-caught fish, just grilled or bite into the flesh of barbecued lobster while contemplating the sunset! Seated on an Isle of Pines beach, rediscover gastronomy at its simplest and tastiest. In an isolated villages or the city, mouthwatering food is everywhere. New Caledonia is a great destination for all seafood amateurs.