In Nouméa, regional French cuisine boasts originality to offer diverse culinary specialties every week. Plum tart, lentil stew, vanilla crème brûlée. Chefs love playing off Caledonian flavors to come up with new version of French classics, or else they are prepared according to the purest tradition.
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At the P’tit Café, taste refined cuisine
Le P’tit Café is one of the capital’s most famous eating spots. You’ll have to book a table if you want to enjoy original fusion cuisine based on local products. One advantage is a simple and friendly atmosphere and has excellent value. Here, there’s no menu, but a weekly selection. A few inventive recipes invented by Chef David Cano and his team include sweet potato, cabbage, papaya and pumpkin choucroute with lentil stew, manioc croquettes, picot papillottes, pork wontons and stewed shrimp or deer. Don’t miss the desserts. The star of P’tit Café is its passionfruit cheesecake, the only treat that can be enjoyed all year long.
Chez Toto: dining in a Parisian atmosphere
In the heart of the Latin Quarter, this restaurant/bistro offers all-Parisian atmosphere, like a neighborhood bistro. The menu is very French, and the chef sticks to traditional cuisine. Cassoulet, lamb skank, crème brûlée and even escargots – Chez Toto is a must-visit sport in Nouméa.
‘So Food’ an inspired cuisine
This is one of the latest additions to Nouméas restaurants. For a little over a year, this restaurant on Lemon Bay seems to have reinvented French cuisine by borrowing from local and Mediterranean flavors. You can try a savory tuna or beef tartar cut to order. One advantage is the endless menu of fresh mezze.
Le Relais de la Vallée
Do you love Southeastern French cuisine with its generous portions? The owners of Le Relais de la Vallée cooks up a menu that is bursting with regional French flavor: goat’s cheese, fries with thyme, foie gras. The food is accompanied with delicious wine and the warm company of the owners.
Other very French cuisine spots in Nouméa:
- L’Auberge des gourmets with its Eastern France cuisine
- La Crêperie Bretonne with its traditional cider
- La Marmite and its excellent wine cellar
- Le Miretti and its regional flavors
- L’Edzen and its fusion cuisine
- La Chaumière and its Oceania-inspired menu
- Le Carré d’As and its champagne menu in the middle of the Casino
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