Port Vila has become famous for being a diners’ paradise. The fresh seafood and local produce are superbly prepared into tantalising dishes. When you dine out in Port Vila you are assured of a fantastic experience as there is everything on offer here. Try the local Poulet fish or a fresh lobster for seafood or get to know cuisines that are influenced from traditional recipes as well as French and other nationalities - the variety is simply astounding. Try a succulent Santo beef steak, local Teoma prawns or be adventurous and sample rousette (flying fox), nautou (ground pigeon) and escargots (snails).
The national dish is called Laplap. Laplap is made from grounded yam or taro roots, often with pieces of pork, chicken, fish or flying fox added, wrapped in spinach leaves that are then soaked in a coconut and water mixture before being cooked in an underground oven. For vegetarians there is the traditional nalot.
At the outer islands, restaurants outside resorts are very few. Most of the menus will have limited choices and be confined to local produce and island foods. Rice is included in many meals.
Sample fresh vegetables, fruit and cuisine at the local markets. For self-caterers these are the places to stock up at budget prices for the best food on offer.