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“Well worth the angst of getting there”
Review of Elan - CLOSED

Price range: $9 - $28
Cuisines: Seafood, International
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Elan is a unique dining experience in Vanuatu. A restaurant purpose built by the owners to offer elegant island style dining. The restaurant is situated on the beach overlooking beautiful aqua waters and enjoys the best sunsets in Port Vila. Elans fresh and authentic menus are inspired by the classics - French, Italian, Asian, Mediterranean and the flavors' of the Pacific. We pride ourselves on sourcing as much of the freshest locally grown produce as possible, including we believe and our customers agree the best free range grass fed beef in the world. Elan was chosen to host the only Royal Dinner for HRH Princess Anne's visit to Vanuatu in October 2014. Open: 5pm Wednesday to Saturdays.
North Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Well worth the angst of getting there”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

At the very end of a dirt track past the shipping containers with a driver who insisted there was nothing "down there" It was pouring with rain and he was getting bogged in the mud. We eventually found the most beautiful building on the edge of the ocean. The maitre'd was warm and welcoming, the owner came and chatted to us and just being in the delightful room with a glass of bubbles lifted the spirit. The food was lovely. Not being a great meat eater I was determined to try the Vanuatu beef that has such a good name and I thought this was going to be the best place to do so. It did not disappoint. A piece of eye fillet that was cooked to perfection. My husband had the beef curry that he said was also very very good. Beautifully presented. All in all a lovely meal.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Toone463
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Elan R, Owner at Elan, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Thank you for your review.

So glad you enjoyed your meal and had a lovely evening.

With regards to the Taxi/Bus Drivers, we are always astounded and obviously annoyed when told by customers that the drivers do not know where we are, there main source of business is from collecting and delivering cruise ship customers from the port which they visit a few hundred times per year. Elan is only a couple of minutes past the wharf following the road up round to the left past the Dream Cove gates.

Unfortunately, we are also aware that some drivers will also pretend not to know where we are as they are being paid incentives to take you to other dining venues.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, I am going to add a clear description of our location to our trip advisor profile which hopefully will help.
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270 reviews from our community

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“seriously number in Port Vila”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

I have been to Elan on previous visits and it was fantastic then and fantastic now, just a great night out, especially if it is for a special occasion.Great staff, great service and awesome food.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Amber M
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Our family was recommended to try Élan restaurant on our trip to Vanuatu. Our friend George D had told us on many occasions that this restaurant was the best.
With the great menu and fabulous customer service we had the best time ever. The most relaxing and enjoyable meal I have had in years.

  • Visited June 2013
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3 Thank Michelle F
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Pacific Island Food and a great outlook...”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

We chose this restaurant on recommendation from friends and from Trip adviser. I wanted to go somewhere with great ambience but also serving local food. We were not disappointed.

We had a table right by the water and while the sun had already set we chilled out with wine watching hermit crabs on the beach while we waited for our food that was cooked to order.

I had the poulet in banana leaf and loved it. I had been warned that local dishes are always done better in Vanuatu so all my fellow diners stuck with island style dishes.

The waiting staff were very attentive, young and bit shy but really lovely. The owners were great and very happy to chat and filled us in on some places to see and life as expats in paradise.

A great evening and definitely a change of pace from the other restaurants on the island.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Jay F
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Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2013

The evening was a total delight. The setting sun was breathtaking we just watched it go.!
The decor perfect for the environment,we sat in the outdoor section just above the sand and water, the food was delicious and the owner Darryl came and spoke with us, very friendly.
All in all an extremely lovely evening and a total delightful weekend visit to port Vila and escape from Oz cold weather.
We recommend this restaurant .

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank george d
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