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Let’s Go Local: Try Out Vaqa

In the heart of Suva city, a welcoming restaurant stands, providing authentic Fijian food to Fijians. Located in the Damodar Plaza Eatery, Village 6, the Vaqa eatery provides fresh traditional
24 Mar 2021 10:00
Let’s Go Local: Try Out Vaqa
Vaqa Vale Ni Kana in Damodar Plaza Eatery, Suva. Photo: Shreya Kumar

In the heart of Suva city, a welcoming restaurant stands, providing authentic Fijian food to Fijians.

Located in the Damodar Plaza Eatery, Village 6, the Vaqa eatery provides fresh traditional Fijian food.

Company director Michael Fong said Vaqa began operations August last year in a pursuit to engage the countrymen into knowing the taste of authentic food.

“Over the years, other cuisines have been incorporated into our own, but what Vaqa offers is how food was prepared in the past. Fresh, and authentic,” he said.

Going through the pages of history, Mr Fong said the menus were well researched in terms of their ingredients and cooking methods.

“Here at Vaqa, while we try to provide the freshest meals, we also keep in mind our customers’ demand and have incorporated methods which will make us time efficient in food preparation.”

Lolo buns at Vaqa

Lolo buns at Vaqa

Kai vakasoso with fresh moca.

Kai vakasoso with fresh moca.

What’s New?
Vaqa also as a tea bite station called Vaqa Vakatiriweli.

While whole meals can be enjoyed at ‘Vaqa Vale Ni Kana,’ this tea bite station offers snacks and varieties of drinks for teatime.

The station has a special menu with ‘lolo buns’, ‘roti lolo’, pastries, hot beverages and fresh tropical juices.

The restaurant, Vaqa Vale Ni Kana offers new recipes to their customers as well.

“While the focus has been on authentic Fijian cuisines, we have also created some contemporary dishes by adding new twists to it,” Mr Fong said.

Fried whole fish with side ota salad.

Fried whole fish with side ota salad.

Supporting Local
Mr Fong said all products used for the authentic dishes were locally sourced.

“Our suppliers are locals from the rural areas,” he said.

“From our root crops, to seafood, and other vegetables, we get it from our locals.”

Because the restaurant began operations at the onset of COVID-19, Vaqa has employed 11 locals and is passionate about supporting the local economy.

Qari, mud crab in curry lolo.

Qari, mud crab in curry lolo.

Future Plans
Mr Fong has said there are plans to expand Vaqa in the western division and around the central division.

“We are just waiting for the right time to make the move.”

 

Feedback: shreya.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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