AndouilletteWe had lunch at Le Retro- an open air French bistro/cafe (one of the 2 restaurants that were open). My husband decided to order their special of the day on the menu board that was written in French which he had no idea what it was. Keep in mind that we don't speak French. The wait person who speaks little English tried to explain to my husband something along the line that it is a very special sausage. Indeed, it was. When the sausage arrived, I could smell a waft of poo-like aroma coming across the table. Within minutes, flies started to gather around. My husband looked at it suspiciously before taking a couple of bites and finally, gave up. What he ordered was andouilette- the king of all sausages. It's made of pork and chitterlings which if not prepped properly yields a very strong poopy smell. It's an acquired taste, I'd say.
Eating out in Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora is expensive. It's easy to pay $180 usd for lunch for 4 at any restaurant with 3 entrees and 4 drinks. Cocktails run $15 to $20 usd easily. Even at the roulottes (Tahitian style food trucks), we'd spend $50 usd for a plate of mediocre fried rice, a plate of fried noodles and one order of thin steak. It's not cheap.That's why when we asked our taxi driver which restaurant does he go to for local food, he replied, "None, we only eat at home. It's too expensive to eat out." This is the driver who gets paid by the restaurant to chaffeur us from our hotel to the restaurant. It makes me feel guilty for eating at the restaurant since that dinner costs us almost $300 usd for the 4 of us. We could get the same dinner with better quality for half the price here in LA. Another taxi driver tells us average pay per month there is about $1500 usd. Going out to eat at a restaurant is a luxury for most. That's why most patrons of the restaurants that we visited seems to be tourists or foreigners living there instead of locals. Food prices at the supermarket are comparable to the prices here as most food products there were imported from other countries, predominantly France. Good thing we had the meal plan included in our stay at IC Bora Bora.
|Foie Gras at the Reve, IC BB|
|Braised duck leg with rice pudding, BB|
Caught in the act
|Breadfruit chips- taste like taro chips, Chez Vina|
Poisson cru- raw fish in coconut milk