essential guide to dining out in Majuro
For a relatively small city, Majuro has a tremendous range of restaurants
and cafes to suit all budgets and tastes. All the main hotels sport up-scale
eateries, while smaller eateries and Asian restaurants can be found almost
every few hundred yards in the downtown area. As well, you will find
sidewalk barbecues with local women cooking simple fare such as chicken and
rice. To help you make a choice on where to tuck into some top tucker,
following is the incomplete guide to dining out in Majuro.
Andy’s Restaurant: A fairly recent addition to Majuro’s sustenance
stable, Andy’s offers a top class range of Chinese food, including some
off-beat dishes. These include seaweed soup and one classic item called
‘stir fry miscellaneous things inside chicken’. The restaurant is clean and
air-conditioned, the service is quick, and if you’re into watching TV, they
have a set up on the wall. Andy’s is a couple of minutes walk north of the
post office on the Oceanside of the road. Best feature: Prompt
Chit Chat Restaurant (at the Hotel Marshall Islands): A slightly
eccentric venue with a fabulous ocean view. Pizzas recommended, but a range
of budget food available. Fully-stocked bar. Great place to practice your
Marshallese (and get a laugh from the staff). Shuffleboard and pool tables
to use while you wait for your order. The Hotel Marshall Islands is on the
ocean road behind the RRE supermarket (walk down the lane next to the store
and hang a left). Best Feature: Great character.
DAR Coffee Corner: Air-conditioned restaurant well-loved by locals
for lunch. A range of western and local food. Specialties include fresh fish
and Marshallese foods such as breadfruit and pumpkin cooked in various ways.
Good size servings. Don’t be surprised when the waitress sits at your table
to discuss your options — it’s a delightful Marshallese custom. To get to
DAR, follow instructions for Chit Chat, but hang a right instead.
Reservations 625-3174 and ask for the restaurant. Best feature:
Emmon Restaurant: Open for breakfast and lunch.
Enra Restaurant (at the Marshall Islands Resort, Delap): Up-market
dining in an air-conditioned room with a lagoon view. Extensive western
menu, daily specials, and a pizza menu. Vegetarians catered for. Excellent
Wednesday and Friday lunch buffets. Full bar and good range of wines. No
smoking in the restaurant, but you can eat on the terrace. Reservations
625-2525. Best feature: Sunday buffet brunch from 10:30am to 2pm.
Flame Tree: Western bar/restaurant style venue with shuffleboard and
pool tables. On balmy nights, we recommend you eat outside on the verandah.
Menu includes burgers, noodles, fish and chips and rice dishes.
Fully-stocked bar. Live music Thursday and Friday evenings. The Flame Tree
is above The Tourist Trap between Payless Supermarket and the Marshall
Islands Resort in Delap on the oceanside of the road. You can make
reservations by calling 625-4229. Best Feature: Excellent pizzas.
Frank K’s Restaurant: If you’d like to discover traditional
Marshallese food, Frank K’s has one of the best ranges in town. These dishes
include mă (sliced, cooked breadfruit with a coconut milk sauce), bańke
kalel (pumpkin with coconut milk sauce), and jukjuk in banana (crushed
banana mixed with grated coconut made into small balls). The restaurant also
serves ‘regular’ food, such as chopped steak, for unadventurous partners.
You’ll find Frank K’s across from the EZ Price Mart in Uliga. Best
Feature: Delicious local food at budget prices.
Long Island Restaurant: This is one of Majuro’s few fine-dining
restaurants, and it offers excellent Chinese food along with a range of
western dishes in a pleasant setting in the Rairok area of Long Island (a $1
taxi ride from downtown). It’s a great place to eat lunch because of the
view across the lagoon. The restaurant features a first class all-you-can
eat lunch buffet on Thursdays and Sundays. They’ve also introduced super
value meals, with a variety of dishes for $6.95 and $7.95 — so no matter
your budget limits, you can eat well at the Long Island Restaurant. Best
feature: Thursday and Sunday buffets.
Monica’s Restaurant: Downtown Uliga across the road from the White
House restaurant. The Club recently donated $50 to Monica so that she
can by shelving for our 'library'. This is a book swap place which has
been very popular among yachties.
Oriental Noodle Restaurant: This is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant
that produces some of the best Chinese food in Majuro. Chef Fong has earned
the well-deserved reputation as the perveyor of high-quality chow, ranging
from the standard beef broccoli and sweet and sour pork, to tofu, shrimp and
seafood items. Proof of the “Noodle’s” quality can be seen in its thriving
business, despite it being out of the downtown “restaurant district.” Over
the years, virtually every restaurant that has moved out of town has gone
belly up. Not the “Noodle”, however, which took its loyal clientele right
along with it when it shifted quarters. It’s small and clean. The Oriental
Noodle is in Long Island, a $1 taxi fare from downtown, about one mile west
of the bridge. Tell your taxi driver to “take me to Noodle Restaurant, Long
Island.” Reservations 247-2088. Best feature: Excellent Chinese food.
Shanghai Restaurant: David Xu has a cool and cute eatery, which is
air conditioned with comfy red chairs and flower arrangements. A highlight
is the karaoke machine. The restaurant is opposite Bikini Atoll Local
Government Office. Best feature: $4.95 lunch special with soup and a
Tammy’s Restaurant: Another newcomer in Majuro, Tammy’s is owned by
long-time catering couple Al and Lani Wong. The eatery offers relatively
simple fare at excellent prices. For example, at the time of writing Tammy’s
offered spicy chicken wings or pan fried yellow fin tuna steak with side
dishes for $6.25. Tammy’s is opposite the police station in Uliga. Best
Feature: Fresh, fresh food.
Tide Table (at the RRE Hotel, Uliga): American bar/restaurant style
venue with an extensive western menu. Air-conditioned with views of the
Uliga anchorage. Great burgers and pizza. Special nights include Mexican
night on Tuesdays (traditionally yachties’ night), Pizza night on Thursdays,
and Sushi night on Fridays. Reservations 625-3250 ext. 248. Best feature:
Bruce the barman and waitresses Miriam and Retty.
White House: Delicious traditional Korean food in air-conditioned
room. Beer (including Taiwan beer) and soda available. Charming service and
popular with many locals. Often given extremely high rating for cleanliness
by Environmental Protection Authority. Reservations: 625-2668. Best
feature: Quick service.
Won Hai Shein: Excellent Asian cuisine in a spacious, air-conditioned
room with a great view of Uliga dock and lagoon. Beer and soft drinks and
some expensive wine available. They allow ‘bring your own’ wine with a
corkage fee. The Won Hai Shein is on the road to Uliga docks opposite the
Alele Museum. You can make reservations by calling 625-6641. Best
feature: Scrumptious dum
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