Yuck! Worst part of my Easter Island visit. After dinner, everyone in the 7-person group we were with said it was a terrible embarrassment; everyone felt ripped off and thought the food was disgusting and bordering on inedible.
Edith, the owner of the Taura'a hotel, strongly recommended we enjoy a "traditional" Rapa Nui feast at the neighboring restaurant/inn, Kaimana. After arriving, we realized that the owner of the Kaimana was Edith's sister, so clearly Edith had ulterior motives in her recommendation.
When quoted a price of $30,000 pesos per person (over $60 USD just for food, not including drinks) we said we weren't going to dine there; then the owner offered for us to share the meal (she said it was plenty for two) so we accepted. I was excited to see a "traditional" meal and felt that the pricetag was worth the experience.
At 7:30 everyone was ushered outside to the "traditional" fire pit to open it up and unearth the dinner. We were expecting something like a Hawaiian lu'au where an entire pig would be dug up or something spectacular. Instead, two guys hastily dug up a hole and pulled out .... two metal trays with individually-foil-wrapped items. Um, what? The others around us all made jokes about the "traditional Rapa Nui TV dinner" etc since that's basically what it looked like. We hoped that the food (which was clearly cooked in a kitchen and just buried right before the gullible Americans arrived) would justify the price tag and taste "traditional."
Anyway, we were then painstakingly slowly served the food. After carefully unwrapping the unappetizing foil from each item (the foil sticks to each piece of food so you also have to pick at it with your fingers to remove the small scraps that are left stuck to your food), I was very put off. Nothing looked appetizing, and no seasoning was used on any of the items. Everything looked blandly boiled or baked, nothing grilled or seared.
In the dinner:
- a thin flat tuna filet, which tasted like cat food. As I looked over the table at the end, only one person of 12 at the table had eaten more than a bite of the disgusting fish.
- a small chicken breast, which was unseasoned and dry
- a chunk of pork, which was unseasoned and dry
- a large boiled potato slice, which was unseasoned and dry
- a too-small piece of banana cake, which was undercooked and therefore moist; it still didn't have much flavor but after tasting so many gross items it was a welcomed end to the meal!
On the table were bowls of communal rice (standard jasmine rice, and the best thing to eat) and "salad" (five leaves of uncut lettuce and one wedged tomato).
The food was honestly almost inedible. To boot, it wasn't even that much food - no one complained about being full at the end or anything, and for $60 per person you'd hope to be full!
Drinks were extremely overpriced and weren't included in the $60/person meal. Service was slow when it was existant. One of the women was in the side room attending to her children 95% of the time, and the owner was busy but never came over to check on anyone, refill drinks, ask how it was, etc. Anytime anyone needed something (water, more salsa, etc) we had to get up and go to the kitchen to ask her for it.
When paying our bill, we noticed that the owner was using 450 pesos per $1 USD when the accepted island standard was either 500 (at all tourist shops) or at worst 460 (at the local market). This made our meal even more of a rip off.
DO NOT GO HERE!
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