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“Unedible food” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of L'Houstalet Restaurant

L'Houstalet Restaurant
Ranked #13 of 87 Restaurants in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $35
Cuisines: French, Seafood, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The typical French Restaurant in Vila since 1973Well known for it's tender grilled steaks,it's delicacies such as fresh-water prawns flambe,coconut crab, lobsters, wild pigeon and it's famous marinated flying fox in red wine.
Frankston, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Unedible food”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

We went there for a family dinner while we were holidaying in port Vila. The food was s**t. Worst pizza I have ever eaten. Who would put tasty cheese on a pizza rather than the normal mozzarella. Completely ruined the flavor. The salt and pepper shakers were old and crappy and when I asked for the dressing for my salad (which was a pile of lettuce) I was given a large bowl of vinegar. Not salad dressing. The service was also crap. There was an old guy walking around with a pony tail. Maybe he was the owner. We asked 3 times for a sprite. Never will we eat there again or even recommend it unless you like to eat s**t

2 Thank Sarah L
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Russian first
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English first
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“lovely food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

we had a lovely mean hear our second night in port villa was resonably priced and the owner was very helpful with the menu for it was a french restaurant

Visited December 2013
Thank renee t
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Victoria Australia
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59 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Unfortunately we didn't even get to order!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

Tried four times to have our order taken but it would appear that the owner/Maitre'd was the only person allowed to take our order?

Certainly looking as though it's far past it's hey day and given the other reviews here, it would seem the food was not worth hanging around any longer for!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
Thank TerriandTim
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39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“This is where you can find, without a doubt the best steak in the Pacific”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

The title of the review says it all.

I really love restaurants where the staff have been there ages and know the menu, the staff all are super friendly and helpful, the owner comes and talks to you and the focus is on the food, the food and the food. This is all of these things.

Oh and it has the best steak in the Pacific. Without a doubt. Enjoy. Oh and Jean-Pierre the head waiter will try and get you to have flying fox. Go for it!

Ps it is not everyday that you get served by Miss Vanuatu who is the daughter of the owner!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
Thank Gee W
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Sydney, Australia
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268 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Classic French”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

This 40-year old restaurant looks like a saloon but charms once you're inside. It's credited as the place Vanuatu's independence was born. Coconut crab bisque & garlic snails are both must-haves. The signature flying fox in rich red wine might be an acquired taste however. Loved the prawn & mushroom gratin before putting my mouth back together with a creamy meringue, ice cream & chocolate sauce sundae. Live singer & Miss Vanuatu as maitre de made my night even more special. Win!

Thank Jackie M
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