Bula vinaka from Fiji!
Mid-January my family and I packed up and boarded a plane for the 3 hour flight to Fiji. We landed safe and sound and the boys were happy to be back in the humid tropics of the island.
Flying Fish Fiji is getting a new neighbour in the family – Steakhouse by Peter Kuruvita. The new restaurant will be positioned about 5 meters from the beautiful swimming pool and over looking the islands in the sea at The Westin resort on Denarau Island. Everyone loves a good steak and our beef is imported from around Australia so now when you come to Fiji and find yourself craving a juicy steak and ice cold beer there’s only one spot to go.
Taking new chef Michael White to the local markets I showed him around Fijian ingredients. Steakhouse will have a fresh menu focusing on the beautiful produce Fiji has to offer.
Michael tried the local beverage Kava for the first time too, it’s an experience!
Our new team has settled in well at Flying Fish Fiji, head chef Kim Brennan’s doing some exciting specials and learning about Fijian cooking, manager Darrien Valler has guests and staff smiling day and night and it is a pleasure to see these guys making Flying Fish Fiji into their home.
I took the new crew to meet the Tui Nadi; Ratu Silosi. Tui Nadi is the High Chief of the area and also the traditional land owner of the site Flying Fish and Steakhouse are on, it was a special experience for everyone. It is so nice to see these ancient traditions still alive, and I wanted to show respect to him by introducing my crew to the village.
After lots of hard work (and some fun too) I got the chance to take some time out with my boys, we went on a fishing trip off Denarau. We went with Nadi Fishing Charters in Port Denarau (+679 670 8103) he’s the best in the port so next time you’re in Fiji have a go yourself and tell John I sent you. Not a bad catch for Australia Day!
Ahead of Steakhouse by Peter Kuruvita’s official opening on the 6th of February the buzz has already begun with both the Fiji Times and news.com.au running stories about my new restaurant partnership with Starwood Hotels.
I’ve tried to bring together my love of a great steak house with an understanding of the local culture and an appreciation for those who choose not to eat beef, whether for personal or religious purposes. If you don’t eat beef, or meat at all there are plenty of vegetarian and seafood options and the entire menu is designed to be fresh, using the abundant local ingredients and combining it with great Australian produce.
Most importantly I have ordered an amazing wood-fired grill from Texas and we will be using different wood to add flavour to any thing that hits the grill. We will start with Noko Noko from the high lands and also Dongnu which is the local Mangrove wood, which burns hot and has a wonderful flavour, something special and not to be missed on your next trip to Fiji. Just follow the aroma of meat and seafood cooking over wood.
It’s almost time to head home so see you all at Sea Flavour, on my trip to Sri Lanka with World Expeditions or at Taste of Sydney soon!
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