I'm a mother to three, living in and loving Fiji since 2001. I also do wedding and portrait photography under my business, Island Encounters Photography, based in Nadi, Fiji. www.islandencountersphotography.com
Published January 29th 2013
An Eclectic Indian & Thai Food Experience
Last week my husband and I left the kids with a babysitter and headed off to one of my favourite restaurants in Nadi--Sitar.
We try to make it out to Sitar at least once a year, because of the fun open-air ambiance and the delicious east asian food. Our kids don't care for it, however, and there is not a kid's menu, so for us it's better suited for a date night than for a family night out.
Sitar was built in Martintar, Nadi in 2009, and has since stood out amongst the other restaurant choices in terms of the open-air dining, live band, twinkly lights, cabanas with silky cushions and beautiful swirly murals painted on the floor and walls. It's showing a bit of wear and tear since then, but still a fun place to go. You can't beat the location, either, for it is within walking distance of a handful of hotels including Nadi Bay, Mercure, Capricorn and others.
Sitar was started in Fiji by Nazrul Ali Islam from Bangladesh (via England). The restaurant is a part of a chain, with other Sitar restaurants located in Australia. There are plenty of places in Fiji where you can get (only) Fiji-Indian food, but Sitar offers a wider range of east asian delicacies and Indian cuisine. Our friend from India loves it, which speaks well of the food's authenticity.
Main courses are, for the most part, just under $20FJD, not including rice, salad or naan bread. It's fun to order several dishes to share family-style amongst a group. My advice is to stick with the Indian dishes--the few times we have tried the Thai food it was disappointing--not nearly as good as the Indian. The tandoori chicken was a wee bit dry. Anything with a sauce is delicious, though, and the free chutneys served on the side were great, too. My favourite dishes to order: palak paneer (amazing) and butter chicken.
Sitar also has a little cafe that is open for breakfast or stop-ins off the street throughout the day. Lunch is served from 11 am - 3 pm and dinner from 5:30 pm onwards. There is often a live band (albeit a bit overpowering the other night) and a fun tropical night atmosphere. Most of the seating is on the outside deck, and the restaurant itself opens up to the deck for a seamless open-air feeling, with the bar open to both inside and outside.