New Caledonia is surrounded by a healthy ocean, which means seafood is in an abundance. It’s particularly a haven for shellfish lovers, as there’s plenty of lobster, oysters, prawns and crabs on offer, presented with a French and Melanesian twist. But don’t take our word for it – try it for yourself at any of these outstanding seafood restaurants in New Caledonia.
Designed to emulate a traditional Melanesian overwater bungalow, Le Roof offers outstanding views of the ocean while dining; a perfect setting for feasting on seafood. Located in Noumea, Le Roof looks out to Anse Vata beach, meaning there’s always the chance to spot some flying fish or a dolphin show in the distance, if you are lucky.
Le Miretti-Gascon offers a perfect blend of French cuisine and fresh seafood. This little restaurant offers authentic French meals but also prides itself on its seafood dishes, especially the stuffed crab. It’s an intimate setting which makes you feel like you’re dining inside someone’s home. This little restaurant’s reputation is so strong, you’re unlikely to just walk in and get a table, so be sure to make a reservation.
The initial drawcard of O Pecheur has to be the views – situated on the ferry docks of Noumea, the ocean is just a stone’s throw away from the diners. And what better way to celebrate the specialty dishes on offer than with fresh seafood. There’s a strong nautical theme inside, with painted blue decor complete with portholes and buoys on the walls. Opt for a mussel casserole or curry Provencal, the fish of the day or maybe some grilled shrimp.
The name might sound simple, but it sums up this diner perfectly. Fishgood serves fresh, quality seafood meals with delightful service to create a light and relaxed atmosphere. The portions are generous and the meals are hearty, so be sure to arrive on an empty stomach! Fishgood might appear humble from the outside, but the staff will quickly help deliver a memorable meal.
This restaurant on the idyllic Isle of Pines needs no fancy decor to set the scene – it’s right on the oceanside at Oro Bay. Feast on fresh seafood, especially the lobster, while feeling the powdery white sand slip between your toes under the trees. Also on offer is the local delicacy, Ile Des Pins escargots (snails from the Isle of Pines).