“Dining in Fiji Resorts at its very best”
The cuisine at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji’s North features a constantly evolving Modern International menu that will certainly be a highlight of your stay.
Food ought to be one of the main decision points of where you choose to stay while on holiday! One does not need to be a “foodie” to notice the difference between a dish that you only speak over at the table, compared to one that you can’t help but speak about! The quality and care taken with menu planning and sourcing of ingredients re-inforces Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort as one of Fiji’s ultimate destinations for couples and families.
In 2022, the recently reopened resort boasts a brand new and upgraded culinary experience, supremely crafted by Executive Chef, Raymond Lee, and newly hired Assistant Chef, Gerard Marr, under the watchful eye of General Manager, Bartholomew Simpson, seasoned hospitality professional.
“Our ability to hand-select fresh fruit and vegetables from the resort’s own plantation, combined with seafood from surrounding fisheries, allows local produce to shine. This is carefully supplemented from many bespoke suppliers and allows the resort to boast a vibrant and constantly evolving Modern International menu”, said Bartholomew Simpson, General Manager.
TripAdvisor features recent guest testimony:
“The restaurant has the most beautiful sea and pool views one could wish for and the food is truly worth 3 Michelin stars. Every meal is a gustatory experience I have yet to match elsewhere. The presentation and choice of menu is faultless and designed to cater to all tastes. Overall, we have had a most extraordinary if not the best holiday ever.”
“The food is exceptional, not only because of its taste and quality but the fact that it is so well balanced that you can eat 3 courses meal after meal and not feel like you’re over doing it.”
“The food was the highlight of the experience. The ingredients are locally sourced, fresh, and expertly prepared. It was by far the best food we had during our time in Fiji.”
“Everything exceeded our expectations. We all have highly discerned pallets, and I would have to say that I had the best culinary experience that I have had in years.”
“Around our table the cocktails, steaks, and seafood were all gourmets. The hospitality was 5-star.”
Tasting plates inspired by French, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Thai cuisines feature during lunch, adding complexity to the menu, while it remains approachable and not overly rich.
Char Siu Bao, Black Bean Spareribs, Pot Stickers, Savoury Custard & Duck San Choy Bao feature on the Chinese tasting plate in February 2022.
Avocado cradled Yellow-fin Tuna Poke with bitter greens, radish, finger lime and miso glaze certainly caught our attention unexpectedly.
Pan Roasted Duck Breast with Szechuan Pepper, Beetroot Puree, Local Spinach, Toasted Hazelnuts & Jus simply confirmed the fact that we must return soon!
The distinct creamy Soursop Sorbet is unforgettable, and the Papaya Mascarpone Tart with lime syrup and house-made vanilla bean ice-cream was also in the same league.
The dramatic mountain backdrop across the utopian Savusavu Bay is a sight to behold and a true million-dollar view enjoyed from all dining areas.
Separate Adult dining features in the layout of the resort and throughout our meal in the adult’s only restaurant we were not aware there were children present in the family dining restaurant adjacent to the slightest degree. Fijian nannies most adept in childcare play an integral role here, and the resort staff is amazingly attuned to this subtle capability of providing a refined experience for adults, which distinctly sets it at a caliber above other hotels of its kind.
Pier end dining is highly recommended over dinner, providing an iconic romantic experience under the stars, and surrounded by the coral reef adorned Savusavu Bay. The water below is lit and emanates a gentle blue glow, through which fish school.
In the main bure, candles and gentle flames adorn the tables and the surrounding gardens by evening. The views of the flickering flames light the cooling night and bring a romance and calming comfort to the end of a full day.
Excellent service is purveyed by the friendly and engaging staff. This is a location to die for, offering a peerless menu. All that separates you from what may be the best getaway of your lifetime is securing a booking.