Time to discover the true flavours of the Pacific! If you’re wondering where to eat in Samoa, and the best food in Samoa to try, we’ve tasted our way across the island country and have found the best restaurants in Samoa for you as well as what traditional foods you should try out.
Warning: I hope you’ve eaten, because your mouth will be watering after this delicious read!
Best Places to Eat in Samoa
Here are our top 5 picks when it comes to the best restaurants and cafés in Samoa.
1. Bistro Tatau, Apia
Not to mention, they’ve received Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor every year since 2013 as well as numerous Bravo Awards and Rave Reviews! Definitely a must-try restaurant in Samoa.
2. Paddles Restaurant, Apia
Plus, Paddles Restaurant is also vegetarian friendly and has vegan options available and they can accommodate gluten-free needs too. Amazing value, affordable meals, great service and atmosphere (did we mention the free Wi-Fi too?) – make sure you check it out!
3. Amoa Resort Restaurant, Savai'i
Your tastebuds will be tingling after a meal at Amoa Restaurant! For something special, opt-in for a private jetty dinner on the Lagoon Deck including a Samoan Siva (dance) serenade.
4. Krush Juice Lounge, Apia (Vegan)
Some of our fave items on the menu include pizza, rice paper rolls, sushi, burgers and tasty, nutritious bowls! Vegan or not, you won’t be disappointed.
5. Seafood Gourmet, Apia
We get it – you want to wine and dine some nights, but you still have a budget to stick to! For some cheap eats that won’t break the bank, make sure you check out this easy-going seafood haven with all the classics like divine gourmet fish burgers, lobster, seafood chowder, salt & pepper squid, fish & chips, traditional Samoan oka and much more!
Best Foods to Try in Samoa
What kind of food do they eat in Samoa? Here are some of the best and most traditional foods to try.
Palolo can be eaten raw, fried with egg, cooked in coconut milk and onions or baked into bread.
Palusami can also be steamed on the stove with onion filling, and you can also add chicken or fish for flavour as well!
Plus, super tasty if you add cucumbers and tomatoes for texture!
4. Umu (Cooking food using the “earth oven”)
The stones are heated in a fire before the food is placed on top, which then gets covered by banana leaves. An umu may contain meats such as chicken and pork, seafood including different types of fish or octopus placed in half coconut shell with coconut cream, a variety of vegetables and fruit like taro, ulu (breadfruit) and unripe bananas (fa’i).
To aid the cooking process, flavour the food and prevent it from drying out, coconut cream is added – then voila! After half an hour to an hour of cooking, it’s time to feast.
Feeling inspired? Check out our Samoa holidays or book your Samoa flights now. Plus check out our blog to find out the top 5 best beach resorts in Samoa or read about the best activities to do in Samoa.
Please note that at the time of writing this blog (Jan 2022), travel between New Zealand and Samoa has not yet resumed.