Restaurant Recommendation: Governors, Suva, Fiji

Governors Suva Fiji

Governors is an upscale restaurant in Suva, Fiji with walls that are covered in old photographs of the South Pacific and movie posters of films related to the country/region, along with other paraphernalia. It occupies a house and gives the feel of stepping into a colonial-era home. The restaurant is on a quiet side street near downtown, with a view of mountaintops in the distance. There is a main dining room, a private banquet hall and an outdoor patio dining area overlooking an enclosed garden.

The food is sophisticated, with a few Fijian dishes and a lot of Asian fare. We ordered carrot fritters and kai (local river clams) for appetizers. The carrot fritters are a great idea and well executed–delicious deep-fried balls of veggie goodness. Kai tends to be rubbery, but I liked the stuffing the chef made for it (I tasted coconut milk), served on the shell.

I ordered roast pork belly for my main and was very pleased. The pork was tender and moist, and the skin had a nice crunchy texture. It looked like the chef had blowtorched the skin to achieve that crunch.