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View And Food At Holiday Inn Suva

View And Food At Holiday Inn Suva
Chef Philippe Garand with his staff from the Holiday Inn’s Sirocco Restaurant.
October 22
18:13 2017

It’s not only just about the beauty of the view from Holiday Inn Suva to the harbour.

It’s also about the service and the food at Holiday Inn.

All because one man ensures that his team delivers the best quality food and efficient service on time to guests.

Meet Philippe Garand, the Executive chef at Holiday Inn Suva who has been working at the hotel for the past eight years.

“I read a lot; I love to read about food.

“Chefs are always curious about new menus.

“I really enjoy Fiji and the people here as well.”

Hotel Dining

Sirocco Restaurant focuses on Mediterranean cuisine.

People can enjoy wood-fired pizza at Bati ni Wai or enjoy drinks, snacks and live music at Tapa Lounge Bar.

“We have one dining restaurant called Sirocco (Holiday Inn) and we have our buffet breakfast every morning and lunch buffet followed after.

“In this restaurant, I also do special menus for birthdays or other events with a really nice menu based on your budget.

“With the team I am trying to improve the quality of our food and service because I’m also in charge of the service bar.”

He said in terms of their business it’s about coming up with new ideas and to always surprise customers.

“I always say ‘You don’t cook what you want; you cook what the customer wants’.

“It’s very simple, I may be able to cook different types of cuisines, but it won’t be of use if that’s not what the customer wants.”

He said his source of inspiration is his work experience.

“I have worked in many countries and I think it has helped me and I used to go to every market and look at what I can find.

“I always try to stay in touch with my customers and get feedbacks from them.”

A live band plays from Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm to 9pm.

“The beauty of the view here is very compact since you will have a very nice atmosphere.

“We are quite popular in regards to our pizzas; it’s a mix of Italian pizza in Fijian way with lots of toppings.”

Plans to upgrade

He noted that the hotel would soon renovate and upgrade its pool deck.

“Our pizza bure will be moved to the seawall.

“I am coming up with a new concept of food which will be revealed later. It will be something cheap and fast.

“I am planning to have a satellite kitchen in the pizza bure as we only have one kitchen here.

“Hopefully it will be up and running in the beginning of 2018, probably end of January.”

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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