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Excellent cuisine is easy to find in Bora Bora, where French-inspired dishes meld with the island’s natural source of delectable fish and juicy fruit. Bora Bora also draws influence from its South Pacific neighbors, so whether you’re craving sushi, foie gras, rotisserie pork, fresh red ahi tuna or Tahitian vanilla panna cotta, you’re in for a treat. Here, according to our Forbes Travel Guide editors, are the five best food experiences in Bora Bora:
1. Sushi. On Bora Bora, your store-bought, pre-packaged sushi is an unheard of blasphemy. Here, chopped fish comes straight from the ocean and is either wrapped with sweet rice and local seaweed or served solo. A hint of island wasabi makes it the perfect, fresh meal.
2. Foie Gras. This famous French delicacy is intensified with Bora Bora’s original techniques. A foie gras emulsion seeped in purple eggplant and dashed with island spices is a delightful spin on the traditional dish.
3. Rotisserie Pork. If your resort happens to hold a weekly party, chances are they’ll serve up pork cooked over a spit. The tender slices served with pineapple are the best way to indulge your taste buds. Better yet, the pork is locally raised and promises an untainted taste of the island.
4. Red Ahi Tuna. Even those who steer clear of fish will melt over this tuna caught in nearby waters. Its beautiful crimson color invites a bite into the satisfying texture that is the steak of the seas. Sprinkled with a bit of sea salt, this favorite local dish has gained international fame and will keep you coming back for more.
5. Tahitian Vanilla Panna Cotta. Island-grown orchids produce vanilla unlike any other. Mixed with fresh cream and sugar then chilled, this silky dessert is a sure fire after-dinner delight.