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The New Zealand Herald: Foodie Heaven

Acclaimed journalist Belinda Henley recently stayed at the Westin, Denarau and dined at our very own Steakhouse by Peter Kuruvita. She enjoyed her experience so much she gave us a stunning review in her article ‘Foodie heaven or paradise lost” which ran in the Monday, September 9th edition of the New Zealand Herald.

Belinda recounted her time with us over several paragraphs;

“Night two and we headed to the stunning Westin hotel. The most Fijian in feel of all the resorts, it is incredibly tranquil and with plenty of dark wood, traditional furniture and art and water features throughout the complex. Their newest restaurant is the Steakhouse set up by acclaimed Australian chef Peter Kuruvita. At the helm is another Australian, Michael White. The young, confident chef ordered for us. They pride themselves particularly on their beef dishes and they lived up to the hype.

We sampled a surf and turf with locally caught lobster, a Wagyu hanger steak and 48-hour slow cooked beef rib with Chimichurri. It was some of the best food I have eaten, anywhere. Michael says he is increasingly able to use solely local ingredients, much of it coming from their own farm where the farmer has had to educate himself on nurturing crops including rocket, cauliflower and asparagus, not traditionally grown in Fiji. “I did ask him to look into growing white asparagus, but that was just a step too far,” laughs Michael. The local produce is complimented by the best of imported food including beef from Australian producer Darling Downs. Michael suggested washing it down with a pinot noir from Nelson and dessert was also faultless, especially a perfectly cooked chocolate fondant with a salted caramel ice cream and a Fijian fruit salad.”

It was a pleasure to host Ms Henley and we hope to see many more Kiwi’s in the future!

To read the full article CLICK HERE.

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