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$7M Sitar Complex Takes Shape in Coral Coast

Sitar Indian and Thai Restaurant Fiji has gained a solid reputation and an unrivalled popularity amongst tourists and locals alike since its inception in 2009. This humble journey began 25
04 Feb 2017 11:38
$7M Sitar Complex Takes Shape in Coral Coast
The artist expression of the Sitar Complex at Korotogo at the Coral Coast. Photo: SITAR

Sitar Indian and Thai Restaurant Fiji has gained a solid reputation and an unrivalled popularity amongst tourists and locals alike since its inception in 2009.

This humble journey began 25 years ago in Brisbane, Australia, and then branched out to 20 plus outlets in Australia and New Zealand.

The owners of Sitar Group, Zareena and Nazrul Ali Islam, decided to venture out to here, where the former has sweet ancestral bonds.

The much anticipated Sigatoka Korotogo project is shaping up to be a dazzling spot, situated on the Nadi-Suva highway at the Sigatoka roundabout (Queens Road and Sunset Strip).

This is where the highway takes a sharp westerly turn towards Suva.

Impossible to miss, this is Sitar’s fourth venue and realisation of a long cherished dream – Sitar complex.

“I love the simplicity and beauty of Fiji, everything about Fiji is special,” Mr Islam said.

“I will be here most of the time and focus on our operations as well as enjoy the relaxed life of this wonderful island.

“Initially my wife, Zareena’s connection to this land brought me here decades ago,” he said.

Mr Islam added that this multi-purpose building project will host:

– A Four to Five Star Holiday Apartments/Resort,

– Sky dome for functions and weddings etc,

– Multiple stylish restaurants offering international cuisine as well as local fish dishes, bars, cafes, retail shops, groceries and ATM facilities.

– Spectacular ocean/coral coast front and amazing views of the ocean as well as mountain views, highlights the natural vantage.

He added taking advantage of Sigatoka’s high concentration of hotels and resorts, Nadi-Suva highway and historic surroundings, this place is bursting for success.

“Resort guests will be able to relax in a luxurious apartment availing all the modern amenities,” he said.

This will include relax by the pool, enjoy a drink or two inside the restaurants or huge outdoor terraced deck, hang around to witness sun rise/set or enjoy soak in the ocean which is meters away.

“Also a convenient on-site shopping or venture out to numerous local spots and activities to be thrilled to renew your fishing skills in the coral coast or Sigatoka river.

The project began on January 2015 and the first stage opening expected end of this month.

The second and third stages would be completed by middle of 2017.

 

Other properties

Their first restaurant here, now an undoubtedly popular landmark, is located in a convenient location on Queens Road, Martintar.

Sitar’s second venture in Fiji is another landmark, named MaiKana cafe, at Nadi Town.

 

Their third opening, which is much talked about venue in Nadi in recent times, is located on the Denarau Road.

This is just a few minutes stroll from Fiji’s world class resort island of Denarau and is no less than a prospective land mark too.

 

For curious punters, name says it all “Fiji Street Food” by Sitar.

 

Background:

Mr Islam, originally from Bangladesh opened his first restaurant during his final year in University in 1991.

He moved to England in 1985 and worked in Indian restaurants while studying.

He said this gave him the idea to open up his own restaurant when he migrated to Australia.

Mr Nazrul visited Fiji for the first time in 2003 and there it goes.

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