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BTT
Los Angeles, CA132 contributions
Our guide told us that it's OKAY to eat there. Since it's a Sunday and not many places are open, we decided to have dinner there.

There were about 10 food trucks there. Nothing really stands out, which is why we spent more time look at their menus than ordering.

In the end, we settled for one of the Chinese food trucks and other Tahiti sea food place. The portions are good, so are the services. Kind of surprised that they let you order and eat first, then pay. Even the seating seems to be aligned with a specific food truck, they have no problem bringing your food over to tables on the other end. So you can order from different places.

The food is good and in large portions. $20/plate is a bit on the expensive side for a food truck. But it's essentially similarly priced as a sit down restaurants nearby.

Location is good to watch sunset and people from the cruise ships.
Written January 8, 2022
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olivier m
French Polynesia54 contributions
Roulottes are a must in Papeete. In Asia it would be called a "hawker center", in Papeete it is the cheaper option for a night out eating. The different outlets (mostly Asian, but a steak or pancake can be had) offer a wide variety of food, eaten outside on plastic chairs and prepared in front of you. Nothing fancy, but it is plentiful, fresh and decently priced.
Written February 19, 2020
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Chris R
Saddle Brook, NJ119 contributions
When we went to Place Vaiete to get dinner, there were 4 trucks there - it was actually not as busy as we had expected it to be, given that we went at 7pm. We were also a bit surprised by the *lack* of variety. While each truck served a variety of types of food (fish, burgers/sandwiches, Chinese, etc.), the trucks were basically the same as one another.

Nonetheless, we sat down at Chez Domingue (which had the biggest crowd at the time) and ordered the tuna with fries and the chicken chow mein. Both were EXCELLENT - portions were large and the prices were reasonable. We did not expect the food to be bad, but we certainly did not it expect it to be this good. It was probably the best meal we had in Tahiti, and seriously considered taking a taxi from the airport just to have it one more time in between our connecting flights home!
Written July 22, 2022
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Jason S
Frederick, MD352 contributions
Couples
There were at least 6 food trucks available for choosing. There is some similarity with food offering for at least 4 of them. Regardless we choose Chez Foung Yung. Food was made fresh. We ordered a curry that we could split. Portions are quite big.

Food took awhile but there always lots of people. Very tasty and a good price for everything we got.
Written March 23, 2022
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Regis P
tahiti7 contributions
Family
Hi everyone, I often meet some tourists wich are going to eat at the "roulottes"" in Papeete, that is normal because any tourists wo asked where they can have a typicall tahitian meal while in Tahiti, anybody will answer "go to the "roulottes" and then some are very happy about the experience and some other very desapointed... Wich is normal because there is many different ""roulottes and so many different experience. I would like to give my preferences to the tourists who will not know wich roulottes to choice from.
I would like to recommend for all fishes dishes likes tahitian raw fish and other L'ESTANCO It is one of the best "roulottes" specialized in red tuna dishes and also "CHEZ MAMY" for all chinese cuisine, I would specially recommand the WON TON SOUP just excelent !!! Hope this would help a bit, wish you a pleasant stay in Papeete...
Written August 22, 2012
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mara m
Durango, Colorado, USA32 contributions
Friends
Every night about 6pm, food trucks pull into a plaza just next to the main harbor (there were about 30 the night we were there in October.) They all have lights antables.

The offer a good variety of food from around the world - Chinese, Thai, Barbeque, Fresh Seafood, etc.. Prices vary from $10-20 for different plates - menus in French, Tahitian and English. They also have samplers, so you can eat from a number of different trucks. Well worth trying.
Written November 28, 2014
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cybertraveler
Orange County, CA773 contributions
Family
During our 2 week trip to Tahiti we went to downtown to the waterfront to eat at the Roulettes twice. It's great if you like Chinese, Chinese, Pizza, Crepes, Chinese, BBQ and Chinese! HA HA! Don't get me wrong if you like Chinese you will love your choices. We all do, so we walked up and down the rows of trucks with their side wings wide open - and we used our noses to pick out where we would eat. The sights and smells are exciting. The vendors are all encouraging you to look at their menu and we did and sometimes we just smiled and moved on, until our noses said "oh yah".

It's a festive NIGHTLY event that gets started with set up around 6PM and really gets going around 8. We found that evening meals are generally a later night thing than here in the US. The prices are not cheap, as I had somewhat been lead to believe by some other posters - but we didn't eat out much on the trip - so it's all relative. So maybe it is "cheaper" than other places and most certainly cheaper than hotel food (and better!). Food in Tahiti is very costly - even with us cooking at home, groceries were also very costly. The basic rule of thumb we found was 4 times as expensive - no matter the level of dining all four of our family can eat in the US for the same price as just ONE person in Tahiti - so be prepared. And that also means be prepared to pay for refills on drinks....and for the food trucks or "roulottes" that also means have CASH as most did not take credit cards - not sure if any took credit cards.

Food was tasty, hot, plentiful portions, and the service fast and friendly. One night it was a tropical downpour and the moved people around under their small canopies until everyone of us was covered. :) Vendors were friendly and eager to please. Some English spoken, not much...but you can see almost all menu's had photos - so no problem! Pricing was sometimes a bit mysterious on the signs, but the menus usually had the prices. (NOTE - there are public restrooms at the plaza on the waterfront, but there is no toilet paper - bring your own in your purse.)

On the main road around the island, the roulottes who were not down town would pop up in parking lots of parks, schools, markets and individuals homes. So if you were out of town like we were - you didn't have to go all the way in to town to enjoy this ultimate casual dining. But they weren't always there and weren't always open - so it was a guess as to who, what and where. Perfect for families with little ones who can't sit still. Wear your buy spray as the mosquitoes are plentiful and hungry in the rainy season. You will sit on a small plastic stool at a tiny table for four but it's fun and a must dine experience in Tahiti.
Written January 16, 2014
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fetia-tahiti
Papeete, Tahiti16 contributions
Solo
Even if you are just passing through Papeete, eating at the Roulottes should be a priority. The roulottes are a series of caravans cooking and serving a range of local dishes on the spot. The ambience is laid back, colourful, safe and friendly, and locals and visitors alike mingle to eat al fresco in the balmy tropical air. The choice of food is standard for French Polynesia: Chinese, basic Tahitian and pizzas. It is probably the least expensive place to eat on Tahiti, though it is still not especially cheap (expect to pay around $32 or £26 for two meals and drinks). A tip: although there is not a huge difference in quality betwen the different roulottes it is best to go to one that has the most customers, such as Chez Mamy. I recommend 'La Roulotte', run by a French guy and his Chinese wife. It is especially clean and the fish very fresh. In rainy season, though, (roughly December to March), the number of roulottes is reduced and can be sparse in very wet weather. I have gone there and found none present! Sometimes there are free concerts of singing and dancing which enhance the atmosphere, though it can become pretty crowded..
Written July 30, 2013
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DW
Las Vegas, NV19 contributions
Couples
My wife and I had the obligatory (enforced) overnight stay in Papeete on the way back to Sydney from Bora Bora. Not wishing to eat at the Intercontinental Hotel we decided to try the ‘famous’ food trucks or Roulottes.
We had read reports that this is an affordable alternative to eating in your hotel.
Be aware that this very much depends on your definition of ‘affordable’.
The taxi fare from the intercon is around 25USD each way so this needs to be factored in.
On the night we dined at the Roulottes there were around a dozen trucks open for business. We started with sashimi and poisson cru (raw tuna in coconut) at one of the first trucks. As many others have stated the serves are big, so we shared our starter. After a very reasonable starter we then decided to ‘do as the locals do’ and move to another truck for our main course. On this particular night the predominant cuisine available was Chinese with a couple of alternatives such as steak frittes or burgers. We chose the BurgerMachine which appeared to specialize in ‘gourmet burgers’.
Be aware, do not be deceived by appearances.
This was neither gourmet nor a burger !
Again we decided to share one simple cheeseburger. After nearly 45 minutes wait (on a quiet night) what arrived was so disappointing.
The burger was raw in the center, which raised a great concern for food poisoning. Worse still were the accompaniments. Frozen onion rings. Pre packaged cheese slice, frozen fries that had somehow failed to be cooked consistently. Many were exhibiting freezer burn or were simply undercooked.
How a simple pre packaged sliver of potato can be massacred in such a way is beyond me !
We literally had one bite and then concluded that the sweet , cloying mess was not an acceptable representation of a $13.50 gourmet burger.
Ok…on to the next truck for our final course, a shared crepe.
This turned out to be a very acceptable version of a French crepe served with a caramelized butter. Acceptable but in no way extraordinary.
So there we have it.
If you are staying at the Intercon Hotel a night such as ours will set you back around $100 USD if you SHARE each course. Note, this included 1 bottle of water as they do not serve alcohol.
In our example this included a single bite of the main course.
I therefore conclude that this is far from an affordable or pleasant experience.
Be aware too, that the Roulottes are in a rather shabby part of town and therefore you are well advised to know where the taxi rank is before leaving the vicinity of the food trucks.
If however, your hotel is within walking distance you may get away with $50USD for a shared meal in a tacky tourist trap and may actually be able to eat the food (if you luck out with choice of truck).
Either way, I wouldn't think that the roulottes should be high on your list of ‘must do’ things.
Be aware !
Written March 20, 2015
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AdelaideFamilyof5
Reynella, Australia1,380 contributions
Located right on the water front, this place is buzzing at night.

The place is set up each night with lots of different food options from many different countries. The food is cooked right infront of you and is very clean. Prices are very reasonable by French Polynesia standards.

The next day, there are no signs of the happenings the night before and the area is spotless.

There are public toilet close by and very clean.
Written August 24, 2011
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