TappooCity bills itself as the place where the world has come to Fiji and over the past month foodies have had reason to give the claim some validation.

Famed for its fourth-floor Food Court with views across the Suva Harbour, TappooCity has added four more eateries to its repertoire of international flavours which now cover the spectrum from Mumbai treats to Mexican tacos.

Joining Bollywood Caf in the past weeks have been Submarine, NZ Fries, LA Burgers and Mexican Caf. An Italian pizza place will soon be joining the mix.

TappooCity executive director Remal Tappoo says the focus in TappooCity Food Hall has always been an international offering – to bring some of the worlds favourite fast foods to Fijians.

We are bringing something new to the people of Fiji, says Mr Tappoo.

People who are fortunate enough to have travelled would be familiar with what we have on offer and those who havent now have a chance to try what they would only have seen in the movies.

Whatever the case, the four new outlets certainly add new interest to the fare already on offer which include North Indian, vegetarian and South Indian to Chinese and Western cuisine.

The most recent addition, Mexican Caf – with its warm yellow, orange and red visuals – boasts a large range of what Mr Tappoo says is the closest you can get in Fiji to authentic Mexican.

On the menu are vegetarian tacos ($4.50), chicken (from $4.95) and lamb tacos (from $5.95) and burritos (from $6.95), either mild or spicy. There are also Super Nachos starting at $11.95.

On the right-hand side of the Food Court after exiting the lifts, is Submarine, boldly claiming the title of the sub-sandwich specialists. Submarine has the freshly made six-inch sandwiches, the breads for which are made daily by baker Timoci Rakata. You can choose from white, whole meal, onion & herbs.

For $8.95, you can pick up a submarine sandwich with a filling of grilled or sweet chili chicken or barbecue lamb for example. There are also cold cuts and vegetarian options on offer.

On the opposite side of the Food Hall, is a unique two-in-one outlet housing NZ Fries and LA Burgers. The outlet proudly boasts about selling New Zealands famous McCain-branded fries. The freshly cooked fries are a standalone offering, served in regular and large sized bowls. NZ Fries has taken for itself the title of the best fries in town.

NZ Fries counterpart, LA Burgers offers burgers tailored to Fijian tastes – chilli, fish, cheeseburger, as well as the staple chicken and vegetarian servings that all come with fries. LA Burgers also do gourmet sandwiches and offer salads, hot drinks, smoothies, fresh fruit juices and cold drinks. A burger and fries cost $7.95 ($6.95 for the vegetarian gourmet sandwich.)

Mr Tappoo says all of the outlets in TappooCity Food Court have put in place strict health and safety standards and the Mexico Caf is an example of one of Fijis few open-view fast-food kitchens. Customers can watch side-on as the outlets crew put your burrito, taco or nachos together on stainless steel equipment.

The new generation of restaurants tend to be open-kitchen. People want to know how their food is being prepared and here at Mexican Caf they can do just that, says Mr Tappoo.

All the meals are prepared on demand and fries are done in two-and-a-half minutes so there is no standing food. Temperature is also carefully controlled – some ingredients are kept cool while some warm at optimum levels.

Mr Tappoo says the visuals and decals of the four outlets are also styled to international standards.

Apart from giving locals a gastronomically diverse eating experience, Mexican Caf, Submarine, LA Burgers and NZ Fries also aim to help homesick expats feel at home.

While our main focus is giving the locals something new to try, we also have something for expatriates who are missing food that reminds them of home, says Mr Tappoo.

Fiji Times
Date: June 02nd 2012

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