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Eating in Palau

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A February 2009 trip to Koror by LenR

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Quote: Koror is the only significant town on Palau and even it struggles to reach 18,000 people. But that doesn’t stop it having over 30 restaurants with a wide range of cuisine. Many cater primarily for tourists who visit for the great diving and snorkelling.

Fast food places

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Bem Ermii Photo, Koror, Palau
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There are plenty of options available because Palau is following the USA in its love of fast food. While there are no international chain restaurants like McDonalds or KFC, Koror has local equivalent on a much smaller scale. There are also a couple of places for coffee, donuts, sandwiches and so forth.My favourite luncheon spot is Coconut Hut on the main road in the same building as the Rock Island Cafe. This is a friendly little place with several computers for internet connection and a range of great sandwiches amongst other offerings. I became a regular here and settled on turkey with salad and cheese most days ($2.75). They have burgers, hot dogs, muffins, home-made cakes ($0.75) and m...Read More

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Small Waterside Restaurants

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Bottom Time Photo, Koror, Palau
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As Koror is on several small islands, it is no surprise to find a number of small waterfront restaurants taking advantage of the sea and the view.My favourite of these is probably Jive Seaside Restaurant and Bar (Tel: 488 5483). This has a lovely location and the little restaurant has taken full advantage of this by building out over the water and then having lights which shine down to illuminate the clear water and cause reflections. The result at night is very pretty. The food here is a true mixture of many cuisines – Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Western and more. The sashimi is very good and so too are the fish dishes all made with the local catch. There is only seating for around 30 pe...Read More

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Chinese Restaurants

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Little Beijing Photo, Koror, Palau
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In common with most places throughout Asia and the Pacific, there are several Chinese restaurants in Koror. They tend to be fairly similar, generally reasonably priced with fairly ordinary food.The Chinese Restaurant (Tel: 488 5451) (yes, that is really its name) is on the main road about half a kilometre east of the centre. It is a straightforward restaurant with little decor and a standard menu. You can get a one-dish meal here together with rice and a soft drink for about $9.00. I have been here and had grilled fish (good but a little dry), sweat and sour pork (about what I expected) and chicken with cashew nuts (came with a thickened sauce that didn’t add much to it). This is another r...Read More

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Korean Restaurants

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Arirang Photo, Koror, Palau
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The number of Korean restaurants is a direct result of the popularity of Palau with Korean tourists. Many come on organised tours which only last three or four days and there is considerable reluctance to eat anything other than Korean food. The result is that there are almost as many Korean restaurants in Koror as there are Japanese restaurants.They come in all shapes and sizes. The newest that I am aware of is Kim’s Restaurant (Tel: 488 2266) which is on the road to T Dock, just a kilometre from the town centre. The restaurant is in a building only completed in 2008 and is probably over-optimistic in size. The ground floor has room for a couple of hundred diners and there are plans for f...Read More

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Japanese Restaurants

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Sakura Photo, Koror, Palau
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The number of Japanese restaurants in Koror is quite surprising but then Japan did occupy this country for 20 years or so. I don’t lay claim to being an expert on Japanese food or these restaurants but I have had some great meals at some of them. Which is the best? I can’t give a definite opinion. It depends, I guess on what you are looking for.The Fuji seafood restaurant (Tel: 488 2774) on the main street in the centre of town, as the name suggests, specialises in seafood. One evening my wife and I had a great grilled fish meal together with steamed rice and soup. The service was friendly and the ambience is OK. We saw several other things on the menu that looked interesting so we plan to...Read More

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Hotel Restaurants

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When middle-class Palauans go out for a ‘big night’ it often means going to one of the major hotel restaurants.Top of the heap is probably the smallish Meduu Ribtal seafood restaurant at the Palau Pacific Resort. I have never eaten here but the menu looks good and the decor is fine. When I go to the Palau Pacific I can’t go past the open-air Coconut Terrace which looks out across the pool to the beach and Pacific Ocean. The food is pretty standard international fare and I don’t think it is outstanding but the service is pleasant and it is hard to beat the location. The Palau Pacific Resort in in Koror but not on the main island. There is a causeway connecting it to the rest of the city but...Read More

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