The Royal Papua Yacht Club is just the ticket, if you’re looking for something rather exclusive. For members only, it is the place to meet expats (you must find one who will invite you along to gain access to the venue) and to enjoy a nice cocktail overlooking the marina. On the menu is Western cuisine, such as steaks and salads. The Yachtie, as it is known, also serves a buffet on Sundays for breakfast, as well as on other nights of the week, usually with a theme such as ‘noodle Tuesdays’ and Friday’s roast carvery. Eat indoors if you want to enjoy their air-conditioned dining room on a very hot day, or choose to stay outside on the balcony for the best sunsets around.
The Royal Papua Yacht Club, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, +675 3211700 / 3214653 / 71909072
Lae Yacht Club is a great option with a fantastic view. It has an extensive a la carte and pizza menu, as well as plenty of choice for a hearty breakfast. A mix of Western and Asian foods, you will find a wide range of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and Lae Yacht Club is considered to be the best place to eat on the island.
Only a few minutes away from the airport, Banz Kofi is a hidden treasure. The powerful coffee smell will guide you to the large metal fence and gate behind which you will find a lovely restaurant with a back garden and pond. This place is known by all the locals and popular with the expat community. The highlight is definitely the coffee, which is roasted on the premises and locally grown, making it the best cup in town by far. The food is Western, although they do have some exotic options on the menu, such as salt-water crocodile; and the atmosphere is relaxed. You can stop by for lunch or coffee and cake on your way to the airport. Either way, Banz Kofi is not to be missed.