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My Favourite Palau Restaurants

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A February 2009 trip to Koror by LenR

Exterior Photo, Koror, Palau More Photos
Quote: I have visited Palau on four occasions during the past year and have probably eaten at 90% of the restaurants in the country. Over this time I have developed some favourites – places where I have never had a bad meal. Here are five of them.

Elilai Asian Grill Dining & Bar

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Restaurant | "Elilai Asia Grill Restaurant and Bar"

Elilai Asian Grill Dining & Bar Photo, Koror, Palau
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Belvedere East 2F, Ngerkebesang Island, KororTel: 488 8866This is probably the most up-market stand-alone restaurant in Palau. It is also one of the largest. It is hidden away in an apartment building on the island of Ngerekebesang which is connected to the main Koror island by a causeway. If you don’t have your own vehicle, the only way to get here is by taxi.Elilai considers itself an Asian fusion restaurant. The original chefs were from Thailand but the food is not Thai. Their advertising claims a fusion of Asian spices and Italian Mediterranean style. There are dishes from around the region and everything I have tasted has been good. The ambiance is quite different to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2009

Elilai Asian Grill Dining & Bar
Ngerkebesang Island
Koror

The Taj

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Menu Photo, Koror, Palau
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PDC building, Main StreetTel: 488 2227This is an excellent Indian restaurant with a wide selection of dishes to sample. It opens for lunch and dinner daily. On Thursdays, there is an all you can eat lunch buffet for $ 10.00. The owner, Robert, is very personable and a good host. The decor is attractive with an open window to the kitchen so you can watch the chef. A huge painting of dancing Indian girls is on the wall while a statue of a Hindu God is placed in the corner and soft sarongs hang from the ceiling. I have only eaten inside on one occasion, preferring the open deck in the evening but when the weather is really hot, the air-conditioning is most welcome.. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2009

Rock Island Cafe

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Rock Island Cafe Photo, Koror, Palau
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Tel: 488 1010The Rock Island Cafe is a very popular economic family-style restaurant. It has possibly the most prominent street frontage in the whole of Koror so you are not likely to miss it. It is just past the court house in the main street as you head towards Malakal. The menu is extensive, the portions are large and the costs are very reasonable. We went there several times and never had a bad meal.Unlike most of the other central restaurants which offer Japanese, Korean and other Asian food, Rock Island is an American style cafe. It reminds me of the old-style dinners that you used to see in 1960’s movies with their stalls and straight forward meals with plenty of mashed ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2009

Rock Island Cafe
Koror
Koror

Carp Restaurant

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Interior Photo, Koror, Palau
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Tel: 488 3341The Carp Restaurant is located right on the water in Malakal, which is part of Koror. It has poor signage and I made three visits to Palau before I heard of it and finally found it. You turn off the main road just past the entrance to the Royal Palau Resort then bear left until you meet the water adjacent to the resort fence. Now I am a real fan. It is named Carp Restaurant because the folks that run the Carp Island Resort, in Palau’s Rock Islands, also own this restaurant. Yuri, the owner and the main cook of this restaurant is a Japanese woman who is very friendly and the staff is relaxed and cheerful.Carp restaurant serves a tasty, varied menu including Japanese...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2009

Kramer's Cafe

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Exterior Photo, Koror, Palau
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Tel: 488 8448This is probably the sort of place I would normally avoid if I am visiting a new place for a short time. It is run by a European, is popular with expatriate Americans and has a dart board with the associated noise. It seems to have little connection to a small Pacific island. Despite this, Kramer’s Cafe proved to be a nice little place with surprisingly good food. It became a favourite spot to hang out, have a beer and eat dinner. It is probably the west Pacific’s answer to the legendary Rick's Cafe from the movie ‘Casablanca’.The restaurant is on the second floor of a dockside building in Malakal overlooking the water and nearby islands. It is a bit hard to find for the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2009