The most important tip I can give you on Nauru local food, and the only one that will make you elevate from being a tourist to becoming a real traveler immersed in the local culture, is “Stay away from McDonalds“. When visiting Nauru, there is awesome local food to try. Head to the local eateries too, and go where the locals go. For me, the food, wine and and even the water is part of the travel experience.
What to Eat in Nauru
Food is imported from Australia and arrives by ship and plane, usually every week as the vessels have been in operation regularly. There are lots of small “eating places”, selling Chinese food. There is a fast food kiosk at Capelle’s supermarket served by the locals and at Milton Ross supermarket served by Filipinos. There is also another fast food take away at McDon’s, serving Filipino dishes.
Nauru has a serious obesity problem, as will become apparent as soon as you arrive. The decision to mine the phosphates led to almost complete loss of agricultural land, with the result that almost everything is imported. Such imported foods are usually processed and high in sugar and fat. Several studies have cited the country as the fattest in the world. Dining in Nauru is a great experience. During your Nauru tours, enjoy all kinds of delicious and healthy dishes. Since, Nauru is an island nation, seafood is very popular in its restaurants.
Most of the restaurants of Nauru offer delicious seafood dishes. If you go to the restaurants in Nauru, you will be offered authentic dishes that are loved by all. The cuisine of Nauru is highly influenced by the cuisines of countries such as Germany, Australia, China and Britain. You can savor all kinds of mouthwatering dishes in the various restaurants and bars in Nauru. Local owned restaurants ‘Jules’ and ‘Bay Restaurant’ are popular names in the list of restaurants and bars in Nauru. Jules serves seafood delicacies from mussels, oysters and whatever you love from the ocean. ‘Bay Restaurant’ serves Asian delicacies and variety of pizza. Both places have various drinks to serve.
There are many other restaurants in Nauru that are Chinese owned. There are many food stalls on certain roadsides on the island where local sell barbeque serves of variety dishes. If you crave for barbeque, keep an eye out for the ‘BBQ signs’ by the roadsides. Nauru cuisine is very light because of the high temperature. Another popular area to eat is at the ‘Eigigu takeaway’ which serves local food. It situated close to the Nauru Post office. Therefore, you will get to savor simple food items in the eateries of this country. The aroma and flavor of the delicacies of Nauru are unique to this country. The dishes offered in Nauru are a treat to the taste buds. Sushimi, Coconut fish and Meat are one of their main foods. Cooked and smoked hams are also very popular.
What to Drink in Nauru
The Reef Bar at the Menen hotel used to be the only bar in Nauru. It is situated at a walking distance of 30 minutes from the Od-N-Aiwo, the only other hotel on the island. It serves Australian beers, Chinese beer ‘Tsingtao’ and international spirits. The barroom has a couple of pool tables, satellite TV and recorded music. It’s lively at the weekends as there is local ‘Live Bands’ playing.
There is also a huge flat screen allocated outside at the patio where there is a sea view at the background and guests and local friends sit and watch football game match live every weekends as part of their social outing. There is a new bar on the island ‘Jules’ situated in Denig district that is privately owned which had recently opened in the late 2012. New faces will be enthusiastically welcomed by the locals and the expats will usually have a chat, too. No flip flops/thongs/shorts (enclosed sandals are OK). The usual clothes wear for men is collar T-shirts or floral island shirts and skirts/dresses for women. Standard clothing is highly recommended.
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