This endearing little cafe is where we had the best lunch/meal during our 4-day stay on the island. Its ceviche is sashimi quality fresh and delicious. It's salad with plump shrimps and warm juicy chicken breasts is a welcome break from the typical overcooked chicken elsewhere around the island. The humble vegetable soup is most refreshing, with 7 or 8 different vegies, most of them still crunchy (capsicum, cauliflower, Spanish onion, cucumber, etc) that brought out the best of the fresh produce.
Equally appreciated is the fact that they serve soft fresh bread, high quality extra-virgin olive oil, decent balsamic vinegar, a homemade aioli with mustard and basil that's delicious! These simple luxuries are what's lacking from most of the other cafes and restaurants on this island, and they are what we miss the most.
US$60 (including tip) for a simple lunch for two isn't cheap, but nothing is cheap on Easter Island. We paid nearly $40 (including tip) for two chewy sandwiches the night before at a big restaurant. Lunch at Cafe Ra'a is at least very enjoyable, and paying a little premium for that is worthwhile.
The service is attentive and polite, the music is uplifting, the little well situated tables on the veranda with colourful tablecloth and beautiful flowers made the cherry on my sundae.
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