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“Best value, great quality meal in French Polynesia”
Review of Chez Louise

Chez Louise
Ranked #5 of 6 Restaurants in Tahaa
Cuisines: Polynesian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed February 23, 2012

We read about this hidden gem before going on our trip so we were very excited when we finally arrived in Taha'a. Our concierge at Le Taha'a Resort & Spa were kind enough to arrange the reservation and the free boat shuttle took us to the main island where an older man along with a kid led us to his beat up car that only opens on one side. He drove for about 5 minutes and when we arrived, it was a nice, truly local experience. I can't deny that I felt like I might have walked in to a kidnapping situation at first :) The meal cost 4900 XPF / person and consisted of the daily catch served on an open bamboo. When it arrived on our table, we are all smiles and excited to dig in. Lobster in garlic sauce, curry shrimp, poisson cru, fish, rice and bread were served. A large grapefruit was served after the meal. A 1.5 bottle of water cost 650 XPF. For the experience, great taste and local flare, this place is well worth the money. A must see when you're in Taha'a! There is not much of a view here though. After dinner, the man then showed us a Japanese magazine where the restaurant was featured, gave us a vanilla bean to take home and then drove us back to the dock where our boat was waiting. Unfortunately we did not get to meet Louise that evening.

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Reviewed September 30, 2011

We arrived to this restaurant and were a little skeptical at first. It looks old and dingy and is not particularly clean. They did not bring us a menu and we were told that our meal would come out in 5 minutes (we had no idea what we would get). The food ended up being fantastic! Lobster and tuna to die for. Go here!

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Reviewed November 21, 2010

My wife and I just returned from a trip to Tahiti. In general we found the food in French Polynesia to be good but not great. The exception was Chez Louise in Tahaa. We are a bit of a "Foodie" couple, having had the good fortune to have traveled and eaten at some of the highest acclaimed restaurants in Europe and the USA. I do not say this lightly when I write that we were both in agreement -- the seafood meal we had at Chez Louise was the BEST we had ever eaten in our lives. We enjoyed it so much that we went back the next night, which we have never done before -- eating at the same restaurant two times when in a new environment to explore. Prior to this trip this would have been unthinkable. But not after eating at Chez Louise. The next night was every bit as good as the first -- both truly incredible! Cracked Crab in a coconut milk beurre blanc sauce, Lobster, Shrimp and fresh fish prepared in delicious, unique subtle sauces. There are no menus, just the best preparation of the fresh catches of the day served in splits of large bamboo. Louise is joy to get to know and a naturally gifted chef who says her cooking ideas and talents come from God. We believe it. We were in heaven savoring every bite of her meal.

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Reviewed October 23, 2010

If you're going to be on Taha'a, make it a point to stop at Chez Louise. It's not just a clever name for the restaurant, it is literally Louise's house! The experience is a little scary at night, but the food more than makes up for it. One dark and stormy night, she picked us up in her beat up jalopy from the boat dock with her husband. They let us into the back seat and started driving. There wasn't a lot of chit chat, and once I asked them about their English acumen, they admitted to being comme-ci comme-ca. So, I spent the rest of the evening conversing with them in French, translating for my wife. She brought us to their home, and ushered us into their back deck, which was decorated in a manner befitting a low-budget cafe or backyard barbeque. As we entered the premises, she warned us that it was just going to be the two of us. We both raised an eyebrow, but were ultimately okay with having the whole place to ourselves. She sat us in front of the pitch-black dock, which I'm sure is beautiful in the daytime. She then offered us wine, and as we waffled between Cabernet and Bordeaux, she told us that they only had Chardonnay. I decided to stick with water, and I made the right choice. She returned with a previously uncorked bottle, poured my wife a glass, and she smiled as she choked it down. Now, we started to get a little worried. She disappeared for a while, as my wife and I wondered if the US Government would send a search party for us if we never made it back. There was no menu whatsoever, and Louise and her husband returned with three massive plates made of hollowed out bamboo. They were overflowing with rice, bread, fresh Mo'orean shrimp in a delicious light garlic sauce, barracuda steak in beurre blanc, poisson cru (the delicious and healthy local specialty which is very much like ceviche), and a healthy serving of steamed lobsters. Everything was amazing and and tasted so fresh, each bite more delicious than the last. We really wanted to finish everything, but it was enough to feed six people. After we conceded defeat to the massive meal, she removed the plates and returned with dessert, a half a mango with a spoon in it--surprisingly simple and on target after the giant meal. After paying the bill (somewhere around 10,500 XPF) and spending a few more moments taking pictures of the cute decor, we stopped into the not-so-fresh restroom to freshen up, and then she drove us back to the dock where we were greeted by the Taha'a shuttle. Even though they don't expect a tip, I dropped her another 2,000 XPF for the ride and she seemed pleased. She turned out to be a super sweet lady, and I feel like we really made the right choice going there. Chez Louise is the most expensive place to eat on the island. But, when you consider the massive quantity of fresh, delicious, Polynesian/French cuisine she treats you with, the price isn't even a factor.

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Reviewed December 1, 2016
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