LEAF Restaurant – The new gem in town


hut breakfast timeThe gardens of Poppy’s on the Lagoon, in Port Vila, Vanuatu, have been transformed into an edible paradise that forms the basis of the new LEAF restaurant menu. Joanne Wade, Poppy’s on the Lagoon owner, says that the idea came out of her passion for fresh food “The key to good dining is ‘simple’. Simple, fresh, organic and prepared with care. Using fresh grown salad greens, sun and vine ripened tomatoes, herbs straight from our garden, the plates at LEAF arrive on your table begging to be eaten!”

The menu of LEAF is centered on showcasing the finest produce Vanuatu has to offer served simply and with Pacific hospitality and smiles. This means organic beef, fresh seafood and locally grown garden produce. It is Vanuatu cuisine, but taking into account the history and influence of the English and French settlements of the past. The menu makes the most of Vanuatu’s produce, incorporating local ingredients such as manioc and kumala in place of English potatoes, smoked Marlin in place of smoked salmon, locally cured ham over imported cold meats, and it is unashamedly seasonal. “Mangoes are not available year round and neither are our Mango desserts. Coconut, Vanuatu’s very own chocolate and Tanna coffee however, are a fantastic feature year round!” LEAF is located in the grounds of Poppy’s on the Lagoon, which is tucked well away from the hustle of main street Port Vila and right on the water’s edge of Erakor Lagoon. To be open before Christmas, there is seating for up to 40 patrons in the amazing overwater dining pavilion, great ambience and personal service from staff excited to share the best their country has to offer. Ph: 23425