InterContinental Bora Bora Restaurant and Room Service Review and Menus

InterContinental Bora Bora Restaurant and Room Service Review


This InterContinental Bora Bora Restaurant and Room Service Review and Menus is part of a trip report on Bora Bora and New Zealand luxury resorts, dining and activities. For the prior posts, please see:

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Four Seasons Bora Bora Review

Four Seasons Bora Bora Restaurant Reviews and Menus

Four Seasons Bora Bora: Top 10 Things to Do

Review: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa

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InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Restaurants

The resort has 3 restaurants, although note that Le Corail is very seasonal and may not be open during your visit (it wasn't open during our stay, even though it was a very busy period, during spring break and right after Easter).

  • Reef Restaurant: This is the hotel's main restaurant, where the daily buffet breakfast is served 6:30am-10:30am, and dinner 6:45pm-9:30pm
  • Sands Bar and Restaurant: This is by the pool and is open for lunch and dinner, 12noon-9:30pm
  • Le Corail: The resort's most gourmet restaurant is open, seasonally (only starting in April) 6:45pm-11pm
There are also a couple of bars, Bubbles Bar and the South Beach Bar, and room service.

During our stay we briefly tried Sands for lunch, had breakfast both days and one dinner at Reef Restaurant, and ordered in-room dining twice.

 

Reef Restaurant at InterContinental Bora Bora

From the main reception area where you check-in and where you settle your bill, you continue along the path for a couple minutes until you reach the large pavilion where the Concierge desk, Bubbles Bar, and Reef Restaurant are located. Most of Reef Restaurant is covered, although open air; there are also some tables outside on a raised deck, but we preferred the greater shade of eating indoors, since the sun was already strong at breakfast time.

Breakfast at Reef Restaurant

Breakfast is generally not included in the regular rates at the InterContinental Bora Bora, although there are packages offered, such as the current Dream and Dine package, that include daily breakfast and dinner for two, which can be a good deal if the rate is XFP 10,000 (~$100) or so more than the best available flexible rate, since breakfast alone is about $44 per person.

With a kid, we're fairly early risers, so we were generally at the breakfast buffet before 7:30am, and the buffet was quite beautifully laid out, which also made for better photos. I noticed, however, that by the time we left several of the dishes were badly in need of replenishing, particularly highly in demand items such as the sashimi.

Our favorite items from the breakfast buffet were:

1. Fresh Passion Fruit

I really enjoy passion fruit, and while we had that fantastic passion fruit mousse cake and passion fruit sorbet at the Four Seasons Bora Bora, I didn't ever see fresh passion fruit on the breakfast buffet. So I was very happy to enjoy fresh lilikoi, as we call it in Hawaii.

InterContinental Bora Bora Breakfast Buffet Review-Passion Fruit


2. Sashimi

Don't miss the nicely plated tuna sashimi, to the right of the omelet station. I didn't see any wasabi or soy sauce, but it was fresh enough to be enjoyed plain.

InterContinental Bora Bora Breakfast Buffet Review-Sashimi

 

3. Frangipane Tart

On the pastry table, this was by far the best item: a frangipane tart of the day. It's obviously like having dessert for breakfast, but since I wasn't able to get any dark hot chocolate, this was my one indulgence.

InterContinental Bora Bora Breakfast Buffet Review-Frangipane Tart

 

4. Omelet Made to Order

The nice thing about getting to breakfast on the early side is that there was no wait for an omelet (or other eggs) cooked to order. I wouldn't say that it was better than at the Four Seasons, but it was freshly made and delicious.

InterContinental Bora Bora Breakfast Buffet Review-Omelet Made to Order

 

5. Yogurt

As our breakfast staple, we made full use of the yogurts on offer. I preferred getting plain yogurt and mixing it with some berry compote from another station, while my son liked the vanilla yogurt.

InterContinental Breakfast Buffet Review-Yogurt

 

The worst items were:

1. Fresh Squeezed Juice

You might think of lots of fresh squeezed juice when you think of Bora Bora, but unfortunately, it's hard to come by. We were able to get fresh squeezed orange juice at the Four Seasons, and it was certainly possible to juice your own fruits and veggies at the buffet there. At the InterContinental Bora Bora, I didn't see a juicer, and when we asked for fresh squeezed juice, we were brought juice that–I'm not joking–tasted fermented, as though it had been made with spoiled fruit. We were told it was watermelon juice. If so, it was well on the way to becoming watermelon wine, it was so sour and foul tasting.

Fermented Fresh Squeezed Juice, InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Review

 

2. Cappuccino and Hot Chocolate

These were drinkable (unlike the juice) but clearly machine made. I was really missing the dark hot chocolate at the Four Seasons.

Machine Made Cappuccino and Hot Chocolate, InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Review


3. Pastries (Except the Tart)

While the frangipane tart was one of my favorite items, the other pastries were decidedly mediocre–the ones at the Four Seasons were much better.

Breakfast Pastries, InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Review

 

Dinner at Reef Restaurant

Our first evening we had an early dinner at Reef Restaurant, arriving at 6:30pm, probably even before it was technically open. The staff were kind enough to seat us, and in retrospect it was a very good thing that we came early, since about 10-15 minutes after us, the restaurant steadily started filling up and I can only imagine how backed up the kitchen got.

While it was dim and I didn't get photos of the menu, the basic entree choices were:

  • Angus Beef Fillet with Honeyed Shallots
  • Guinea Fowl Supreme with Nut Butter, Jus, Roasted Polenta
  • Pork Fillet with Sage, Gnocchi and Morel Mushroom Cream
  • Duck Breast with Mashed Parsnip and Roasted Figs
  • Roasted Mahi Mahi with Lobster Sauce
  • Roasted Scallops, Mashed Cauliflower
  • Shrimp and Vegetable Stirfry with Lemongrass and Orange Butter Sauce
  • Lagoon Fish and Mediterranean Vegetables with Parmesan
The entrees were all in the $30-40 range before tax/service/gratuity.
 
We were first brought bread rolls and given olive oil. While a choice of bread or a bread basket would have been nice, that' probably only the case at the resort's fine dining restaurant, Le Corail.
 
Bread, Reef Restaurant, InterContinental Bora Bora Review
 
 
There was an amuse bouche, but it was quite disappointing, with a slimy texture. I didn't finish mine.
 
Amuse Bouche, Reef Restaurant, InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Review
 
 
Our son was happy with his cheese pasta from the kids' menu:
 
Kids' Menu Pasta, Reef Restaurant, InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Review
 
 
And I was very happy with my main course, the Duck Breast with Mashed Parsnip and Roasted Figs, which in my view was the best dish. Given the poor amuse bouche, I was pleasantly surprised at just how good and expertly prepared this was:
 
Roasted Duck with Parsnip and Figs, InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Review
 
 
My husband's Guinea Fowl was less good, and not memorable, although perfectly edible.

Guinea Fowl, Reef Restaurant, InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Review

 

Room Service at InterContinental Bora Bora

Since we hadn't finished our New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that was one of our anniversary amenities at the Four Seasons, we brought it with us and ordered room service a couple of times so we could enjoy the rest of it with our meals.

Menus

Here are the InterContinental Bora Bora menus, for room service:

Appetizers, Salads, Soups, Pastas

InterContinental Bora Bora Menus-Salads and Appetizers

InterContinental Bora Bora Menu: Salads and Pastas

 

Lunch and Dinner Menu: Main Dishes

InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Menus - Sandwiches and Main Dishes

InterContinental Bora Bora Menus - Fish and Seafood

 

Dessert Menu

InterContinental Bora Bora Dessert Menu

 

Favorite Room Service Dishes

1. Chocolate Mousse

This chocolate mousse had great dark chocolate flavor; the menu listed it as gianduja, so presumably it also had hazelnut paste in it, although the hazelnut flavor wasn't really discernible. I liked that it was fairly dense, as I prefer a denser, dark chocolate mousse rather than airy milk chocolate varieties.

Dark Chocolate Mousse, InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Review

 

2. Roasted Shrimp with Pineapple Rice

This was a simple dish, and while the shrimp weren't as big or as good as the Sauteed Moorea Shrimp dish at the Four Seasons Bora Bora, it was still one of my favorite dishes of those we tried from InterContinental Bora Bora room service.

Roasted Shrimp with Pineapple Rice, InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Review

 

3. Poisson Cru

Again, I preferred the version I had at the Four Seasons Bora Bora, but still thought this was one of the more satisfying dishes from the room service menu. I prefer French Polynesian Poisson Cru to traditional Mexican ceviche, since the coconut milk helps balance out the acidity of the lime, for a more nuanced dish.

Poisson Cru via Room Service, InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Review

 

The Verdict

I really enjoyed my roast duck dinner at Reef Restaurant the first night, although it was not a huge portion and might not have sufficed for a heartier appetite. The buffet breakfast was decent, although not as extensive or as high quality as the one we enjoyed at the Four Seasons Bora Bora. It did, however, have more beautifully presented fresh tuna, as it was plated in sashimi form rather than chunks, and I certainly appreciated the fresh passion fruit, which was not available during our stay at the Four Seasons.

Our room service orders were mostly correct, although there was a huge variation in the kids' fruit plate that we ordered twice–the second order was about one fifth the size of the first order, so a huge lack of consistency. Fish was in general overcooked, so I recommend going with the Poisson Cru instead.

If you've dined at the InterContinental Bora Bora, what was your experience?

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Disclosure: I received two complimentary nights, inclusive of breakfast, and paid for all other meals. The opinions in this review are mine.

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