Chef Elsa Corrigan’s Mamasake Fiji restaurant is a social gathering place with excellent fish and meat dishes with a large open floor plan and high ceilings. Mamasake Fiji has a “high energy environment” that suits the visitor and local alike. This place has been changing up the dining scene since it opened a year ago in Fiji’s main island in Nadi.
It’s an easy 15-minute drive from Denarau and a 10-minute drive from Nadi Town. It’s the perfect night out for great food while staying in either Denarau or Nadi. Menu items at Mamasake include sustainable seafood, meats, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, mostly organic, local and regionally sourced produce, and rice.
Chef Elsa is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. She has experience at restaurants in San Francisco, Napa Valley, London, and Lake Tahoe. Additionally, Chef Elsa has traveled all through Europe and Asia. She has gained a large amount of knowledge from her travels. Inspiration in her dishes comes from the foods she’s tasted in these regions as well as California and the United States. Her dishes have Asian influences and she has created her own unique style of sushi rolls and sashimi.
Mamasake Fiji was not Chef Elsa’s first creation. Earlier in her career, Chef Elsa was the Executive Sous Chef at an Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s Nob Hill and then fast-forward to her first Mamasake restaurant in Squaw Valley in northern California. Chef Elsa opened Mamasake Fiji last June as her second Mamasake restaurant and rave reviews have been coming in since then. She has truly invented herself amongst the community in Fiji with her sustainable seafood, organic produce and hormone-free and antibiotic-free meats.
Try These Good Bites
- Citrus Salmon Roll with avocado, sunflower sprouts, yuzu vinaigrette, and black sea salt
- Mama’s Basic with thinly sliced hamachi (Yellowtail), chilies, sesame oil, yuzu ponzu, and togarashi
- Mama’s Basically Insane Roll with hamachi, avocado, and chili tops a tuna, coriander, cucumber roll, with ponzu, sesame oil, and togarashi
- Mamasake Yakimaki with rare grilled salmon, avocado, cucumber, soy wrap, cilantro, and teriyaki
- Citrus Salmon with tempura avocado inside, salmon, avocado, mandarin outside, and citrus vinaigrette
- Torched Tuna with crab salad, tempura fried okra, torched garlic and tuna on top, sesame oil, and ponzu
- Zesty Vegan with spicy tofu, avocado, cucumber, cilantro, yamagobo, sesame oil, soy wrap, sunomono, and sriracha
- Crabby Ahi with crab salad, avocado, tuna, lemon, basil leaf on the outside, and sweet teriyaki sauce
- Sesame Tofu Roll with seasoned baked tofu, cucumber, avocado, tomato-cilantro salsa, and sesame sauce
- Stop Drop & Roll with spicy tuna, chili, chili oil, cucumber, cilantro, and a sunomono salad
Tip: You can also wait for the Traditional Sashimi with the chef’s fresh fish selection of the day or try Chef’s Favorites Maki Platter (with all the goods together in one platter) with Crabby Ahi, Stop Drop N Roll, Torched Tuna, Citrus Salmon, and Mamas Basically Insane Roll. Either way, you can’t go wrong!
Fun Facts About Mamasake Fiji
- They source their fish sustainably and use only meats with no added hormones or antibiotics.
- The sharizu that is used to season the sushi rice is made with organic unrefined sugar.
- The restaurant incorporates recycled wood and tables made from multiple colored hardwoods.
- Locals and visitors flock to their great happy hour daily from 3-5 p.m. You can get Mamasake’s famous Handrolls or Mama’s Balls with a Fiji Bitter or Fiji Gold for FJD $9. You can also try their famous Mama Slushies – a twist on the traditional frozen cocktail.
- Since Mamasake is next to the pool at the Oasis Palms Hotel, you can enjoy your food and drinks by the water with music on Sundays.
- Mamasake Fiji even offers free pickups and drop offs for parties of four or more from Denarau, Nadi or Martintar Hotels for dinner between 6 – 9 p.m. On top of having a great meal, you don’t have to worry about finding transportation!
Mamasake is located in the Oasis Palms Hotel on Wailoaloa Beach Road in Nadi. It is just past Club Fiji. As we said earlier, it’s an easy drive from Denarau and from Nadi Town if you are staying there. It’s open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday to Thursday, 10 p.m. for dinner on Friday and Saturday and the bar until midnight.