Sofitel Fiji Restaurants and Menu Review

Sofitel Fiji Restaurants and Menus Review

 

This Sofitel Fiji Restaurants and Menu Review is from our recent stay at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, for the third part of an anniversary trip that also included the Four Seasons Bora Bora and the Farm at Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand.

We got to Fiji on Air New Zealand–see our Air New Zealand Business Premier Review and Air New Zealand Premium Economy Review.

Sofitel Fiji Restaurants and Bars 

Sofitel Fiji has several restaurant and bar options, at least under normal circumstances when the island isn't being battered by multiple tropical depressions, as it was during our visit.

  • Lagoon Restaurant serves a daily buffet breakfast from 6:30am-10:30am weekdays and until 11am wekends, and also serves dinner nightly 6:30pm-10pm
  • Salt Restaurant and Bar is open air, located pool-side and beach-side, and serves lunch daily 12noon-6pm and dinner 6pm-10pm
  • V Restaurant is the resort's fine dining restaurant, open 6pm-10pm. Although the Web site doesn't say so, this restaurant is adults only.
  • Cafe La Parisienne offers coffee, pastries, smoothies and light lunch and is open daily 6am-7pm.
  • Breeze Bar is on the main reception level (to the right, after passing reception) overlooking the pool, and ofers happy hour from 5-6pm, and again 9-10pm.
  • Waitui Veuve Bar is at the Waitui Beach Club, an adults only area that offers sundowners nightly to all adult guests (the Waitui Beach Club is private during the day, for those whose rooms or suites include Waitui Beach Club access)
  • Latitude 17 is on the ground floor level, just outside V Restaurant, and is open 7am-11pm. During our visit there one evening some staff offered some impromptu live music:

 

Sofitel Fiji Buffet Breakfast at Lagoon Restaurants

If the Waitui Beach Club had been open we would have had breakfast there, but it wasn't, due to the storm. Instead, the only breakfast option was the Lagoon Restaurant breakfast buffet. The buffet was best on our first morning, when there was a station offering cooked to order omelets:

Sofitel Fiji Breakfast Buffet-Omelet Station

Omelets, Sofitel Fiji Breakfast Review

 

We also enjoyed the mango-orange smoothie shots:

Smoothie Shot, Sofitel Fiji Breakfast Buffet Review

 

Hot buffet options included scrambled eggs, hash brown triangles, baked beans, pancakes and the like:

Scrambled Eggs, Sofitel Fiji Breakfast Buffet Review

Sofitel Fiji Breakfast Buffet Review: Pancakes

 

The yogurt station was a bit sloppy looking and I had to ask for plain yogurt, but it was my favorite of the breakfast offerings. I topped it with some berry compote and granola the first day, although the granola had run out by the second day.

Sofitel Fiji Breakfast Buffet Review: Yogurts

Yogurt with Granola, Sofitel Fiji Breakfast Buffet Review

 

There was also champagne on offer, although we didn't partake.

Sofitel Fiji Breakfast Buffet Review- Champagne

 

There was an espresso drinks machine that sometimes worked, but fortunately even when it didn't, we were able to ask staff for a cappuccino, and these were decent for a automated machine made cappuccino:

Cappuccino, Sofitel Fiji Breakfast Buffet Review 

 

Sofitel Fiji Salt Restaurant Menu and Food

Salt Restaurant offers crowd pleasing items such as salads, burgers and pizza on its lunch and dinner menus:

Sofitel Fiji Salt Restaurant Bar Menu

Sofitel Fiji Salt Restaurant Dinner Menu

Sofitel Fiji Salt Restaurant Dinner Menu

 

For an early dinner one night we tried the Chicken Schnitzel Burger and the Pulled Pork Burger which were surprisingly good.

Pulled Pork Burger, Sofitel Fiji Restaurant Review

Chicken Schnitzel Burger, Sofitel Fiji Review

 

We also tried the BBQ Chicken Pizza, which was ok and a generous portion, although I have to say that the Novotel Auckland Airport‘s Tandoori Chicken Pizza was actually better tasting.

BBQ Chicken Pizza, Sofitel Fiji Restaurant Review

 

Although we had dinner at V Restaurant one evening, the menu offered was not V Restaurant, but from Salt Restaurant, due to ingredient and staff shortages. 

My husband's Fig and Blue Cheese Salad was very poor–no fresh figs (only dried) and very little blue cheese.

Fig and Blue Cheese Salad, Salt Restaurant, Sofitel Fiji Review

 

Our son's kids' menu steak dinner was a nice sized portion for a kid and cooked well.

Kid's Steak Dinner, Salt Restaurant, Sofitel Fiji Review

 

My Yellow Fin Tuna was a good sized portion, fortunately, since I ended up sharing it with my husband, although there wasn't enough guacamole salsa with it to add needed flavor.

Yellow Fin Tuna, Salt Restaurant, Sofitel Fiji Review

 

Sofitel Fiji V Restaurant Menu

Since the Sofitel Fiji's V Restaurant didn't serve its menu any night of our stay, due to the storm, we didn't have the opportunity to try it, but here it is. This is the restaurant I'd focus on eating at if you stay at the resort, and I recommend making reservations in advance. 

Sofitel Fiji V Restaurant Menu-Starters

Sofitel Fiji V Restaurant Menu-Main Dishes

 

Sofitel Fiji V Restaurant-Dessert Menu

Here's a photo of some of the seating at V Restaurant:

V Restaurant, Sofitel Fiji Resort Review

 

Sofitel Fiji Room Service

For one of our lunches, we ordered room service. My son ordered fish with vegetables from the kid's menu, and the portion was generous. The fish was slightly overcooked, which is common for room service, but still quite tasty and healthy.

Kids' Menu Fish Lunch, Sofitel Fiji Room Service Review

 

I tried the Kokoda, which is the Fijian version of Tahiti's Poisson Cru, fresh tuna “cooked” in lime juice, similar to ceviche, and also mixed with fresh coconut milk. This was the favorite thing I ate at the resort, and I recommend it for a light lunch.

Kokoda, Sofitel Fiji Room Service Review

 

The Verdict

The Sofitel Fiji Resort isn't going to win any awards for dining, at least at its regular restaurants (we weren't able to sample V Restaurant). There's enough choice at the Lagoon Restaurant breakfast buffet that there should be something for everyone, but don't be surprised if you find yourself thinking that you make better omelets or pancakes at home.

Similarly, Salt Restaurant has a wide ranging menu that can accommodate both unadventurous palates and those seeking Indian cuisine or Fijian Kokoda, so it's a good choice for family lunches and dinners, although a week later you may struggle to remember what you ate there.

Service was quite slow during our seating at V Restaurant, but this was likely due to the staff shortage during the storm. Given the circumstances, the staff did an admirable job with what was being asked of them.

If you've dined at any of the Sofitel Fiji restaurants, what was your experience?

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