10.222 Grilled Lobster

10.222

15 (Thu) August 2019

Grilled Lobster

3.25

at Bone Fish

(Port Denarau)

-Denarau Island, Nadi, Fiji-

with KD and KF

Mission to Fiji, Day 6.

In Nadi.  Here for the Fifth Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health – first to finalize preparations, then to facilitate the event itself, which will begin 5 days from now.  This will be the fifth and final trip to Fiji in relation to the meeting (see previously 10.192 Rourou Moci).

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Bone Fish is a Fijian restaurant.  Located in Port Denaurau.   Specializes in seafood.

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The prices listed on the right are for the platter, which includes a lobster of varying size (e.g., FJD 187 (about USD 87) for a 700g lobster). Can’t recall how much the lobster cost on its own, maybe 25% less.
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A few traditional items, though most offerings are Western in style, catering to the predominantly Australian tourist clientele.
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G&T Blush: the “blush” is a dash of Angostura Bitters – I may have finally discovered my favorite cocktail.

In line with my new policy on lobster (see most recently Day 4, supra), I was compelled.

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1kg.

The problem with Pacific/green lobster is that half their weight, if not more, is in the head.  Better value to get Atlantic/Maine lobster (see for comparison 10.158 Whole Maine Lobster), or slipper/rock lobster, which is practically nothing but tail (see for comparison 8.235 White Pepper Slipper Lobster).

I’d love to do a side-by-side-by-side taste test to see how they compare in flavor and texture, but I don’t recall seeing the different species available together at the same place.

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We got a smaller one at 800g.

KD and KF arrived this morning to assist with prep.  Although we’re not here as tourists, Port Denarau seemed appropriate for their welcome dinner.

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Kokonda (3.25): everyone should try this dish at least once while in Fiji; although generally I’m not a huge fan, this one was very nicely done with the inclusion of fresh vegetables, making it more of a salad.

Overall, the food was okay.

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