Gather with laughter and friends "a tavola" (at the family table) over organic South Pacific fusion cuisine.
We are pleased to welcome you home with nourishing and nurturing gourmet fare. In fact, our name "Tavola" honors the indigenous, medicinal grand-dame Tavola tree of Fiji, as well as the Italian phrase "a tavola" meaning "family table." It is the memories and connections created when we gather as family over meals that makes life so very precious.
Our guests consistently rave about our South Pacific fusion cuisine. As an additional add-on, we provide daily meal plans, prepared by your personal chef fresh from the land and sea, and adapted to your dietary preferences. Our daily meal plan includes breakfast, picnic lunch, snacks and 3-course family style dinner.
We buy from local farmers, and our own edible landscape offers just-picked tropical fruits, fragrant herbs and organic eggs from friendly hens. We have soursop, mango, noni, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya, cassava, dalo, coconut trees, bananas and plantains. When you stay with us, see if you can find them all!
There are two beautiful formal eating areas, one indoor and one outdoor, each with expansive views of the bay and the lush green mountains beyond. The open-concept kitchen is designed with a separate food preparation area, and there is the choice to have food cooked in a conventional oven, large wood-fired pizza oven, gas bbq, or Weber bbq. It is well equipped with two dishwashers, two refrigerators, as well as expansive cupboard and counter space. There is a traditional lovo pit (Fijian earthen oven) at the rear of the house which also has a spit bbq and a separate outdoor dining area amongst the foliage.
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Add-ons available for additional fee:
- Private chef for a daily meal plan. Daily meal plan includes breakfast, picnic lunch, snacks and family style 3-course dinner. Menu adapted to dietary preferences.
- Craft cocktails, wines and beers.
“The meals every morning and every evening were better than you would get at the finest restaurants.”
Enjoy our continental buffet breakfast at your leisure. For caffeine fans, enjoy just-brewed French press coffee, sometimes flavored with a cardamom pod or a dash of nutmeg. If you prefer tea, we make a fresh lemon-ginger tea and invigorating turmeric tea. The buffet varies daily and may include eggs, just-baked banana or pumpkin bread, fresh fruits, toast, and condiments like homemade jams, chocolate spread and Vegemite.
Lunches are packed as picnics so you are ready to wander our beautiful island. Enjoy aubergine-potato curry wrapped in roti, green salad, passion fruits, and oatmeal-raisin cookies. Snag your backpack lunch and make your way to a spectacular waterfall, or kayak to a nearby cove, or hike to the top of Tavola Coast for a breathtaking view of Savusavu Bay and some quiet time with your journal.
In the evening enjoy a dinner party with newfound friends. Appetizers are served at dusk, often with a rousing game of coconut bocce ball. Grilled prawns dipped in tequila aioli are a particular favorite! As the sun sets, return to the villa for a candlelit dinner. If you went fishing in the morning with Captain Jack, expect your Spanish mackerel herb-grilled over a bed of just-harvested greens, or prepared as Fiji-style ceviche called Kokoda. Another favorite main is our signature Cardamon Chicken with Carmelized Onions and Currant Rice. Grilled aubergine lavished with an herb-oil and dusted with feta is the perfect complement.
Of course, dinner is never complete until dessert is served. We love to spoil you with coffee-rum chocolate cupcakes or our old-fashioned doughnut bundt cake drizzled with lemon glaze. Evenings are always special when friends and family gather together! Licensed to serve alcohol, we offer wines with dinner and beer and craft cocktails to enjoy as the sun sets.