If you live in the small city like Honiara, Solomon Island, you don’t have many options for hangout or eating out. For me, within a week since I arrived in Honiara, I had identified all popular (or recommended) cafes and restaurants, and visit more than half of them :), yes, half of them, since there are only less than 20 cafes and restaurants available here and most restaurants are attached with the hotels.
From all the cafes and restaurants that my family and I have visited (so far) we like “The Breakwater Café” the most, though we believe that other cafe/restaurant will also have recommended specialty which is not available in Breakwater. But for me, Breakwater is still the winner in term of taste (of western food), the atmosphere, décor, and also for the cleanness and service.
The Breakwater café faces the sea, which is very attractive for costumers especially for tourist. Even my family and I never bored to enjoy this view. If eating outdoor make you sweating and can’t enjoy the food, – the daily temperature is 30 degrees Celsius in average – you better sit inside the café, but don’t worry you still can enjoy the sea view with the coolness of A/C, especially if you sit on the high bar stools. That’s one of my daughter favorite site to sit J. The café’s décor is modern but the touch of tropical theme is felt through the design of wood chairs and tables
Though it’s pricey, but the taste is good, meaning is pretty tasty and suitable to “western” palate – the term that I used for Asian and non local people. Somehow, it feels that you are not eating in Honiara :). That’s why this café is always full of foreigners (tourists and expats).
If you’re tourist who stay in Honiara for short term only, you will have enough options for breakfast and lunch, but if you live in Honiara like me, within 2 weeks, you will memorize all the menu on the top of my head or even you may had tried all the meals they serve :).
Here are some of my family’s favorites; Spinach and Feta Cheese Pie. It’s score!! You cannot find this kind of pie except at this café. They also have some variation such as; bacon and egg pie, shepherd pie, chicken pie and some more. Also try the roasted chicken with mayo baguette or roasted beef with bit and pickle baguette. Sometimes you can buy their baguette/roll if you want to make your own sandwich at home, but it’s not always available.
The Savory Muffin is also delicious but it will make you stuffed. I was never able finish it by myself, so I always share it with my husbandJ. It was very good way to leverage the uses of local ingredient – sweet potato mixed with bacon, cheddar and onion (sweet potato is one of food staple in Solomon Islands).
Beside pies, baguettes/rolls and muffin they also bake croissants, even though the variations only limited to plain/butter croissant and Chocolate Danish. For sweets, they have cakes (usually one or two cakes per day), doughnut, éclairs, brownies and also 3-4 kinds of biscuit including Anzac biscuit.
Coffee, tea, chocolate drink, smoothie, juice and fruits salad from fresh local fruit are always available at anytime from breakfast till lunch time and afternoon coffee.
This café is always busy on breakfast and lunch time moreover on the weekend. But don’t worry; their well trained staff will serve you quick and always smile.
The Breakwater Café, Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Mendana Avenue (walking distance from Heritage Hotel, Mendana Hotel and King Solomon Hotel).
Monday – Friday : 07.00 am – 04.00 pm
Saturday – Sunday : 07.30 am – 04.00 pm